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Times of Renewal and Rejuvenation (Repost)

December 29, 2010

Times of Renewal and Rejuvenation:

Certain occasions in the year are considered times of renewal. One is late August and early September, when students return to school. Autumn is also the season in which the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, is celebrated – representing a time of reflection and replenishment of the spirit. January 1st is another such occasion, marking a moment when resolutions and commitments are made for the new year. Then when spring arrives, many think of it as a time of rebirth, when flowers begin to bloom again and the days get warmer.

I think it’s healthy to have so many annual moments when we may be moved to revitalize and improve our lives. However we never need to wait for such occasions. Any day or time is a perfect moment.

In the business world, there is often a focus on continual improvement – an ongoing process of improving quality and making the organization more effective in achieving its goals. As individuals we can do the same – focusing on our own continuous improvement and rejuvenation. We can always get better as human beings, in our efforts to strengthen relationships, and in enhancing our lives, careers, business endeavors, organizations, community, and the activities in which we engage. Every day can be a day of rebirth and revitalization.

It’s easy to feel stuck in a rut. We may become complacent or reluctant to alter our settled patterns. These activities and routines become very comfortable and familiar, even if they are no longer satisfying or stimulating. That’s a good time to reassess and refresh your life, and ask yourself questions such as:

  • Am I just treading water and not going anywhere?
  • Am I feeling good about where I am and who I am?
  • What’s working or going well?
  • What’s not working?
  • How can I improve the parts of my life that I find unsatisfactory?
  • How can I enrich my life?
  • How can I become a better person?

Sometimes we need look no farther than to people we know who could serve as role models or mentors. There are also a zillion self-help books on every imaginable topic. The key is not only to learn but to apply the knowledge – even if it is uncomfortable at first. The idea is to stretch yourself and take responsibility for your personal continual improvement.

Today, and this moment, is a great time to begin or refresh your journey of personal renewal, rejuvenation, and revitalization. There is no time like the present.

Joining our blog community is one of many ways to get started or to strengthen your efforts, and hopefully stay inspired. Then when the full Find-Fulfill-Flourish website is launched in the next few weeks, you will have ready access to a wealth of additional information and engaging exercises.

Steve Weitzenkorn

Steve Weitzenkorn, Ph.D., is a learning innovator, organizational advisor, experienced facilitator, and lead author of Find-Fulfill-Flourish: Discover Your Purpose with LifePath GPS – a book, tool kit, and workshop series focused on guiding people toward more meaningful and fulfilling lives.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. December 29, 2010 6:26 am

    Steve, nice post. Some people are so set in their ways that even after repeated failures they carry on attempting the same strategy. It is as if they have no wish to learn from their mistakes, hence carry on repeating the same. I don’t know what it is- excess ego, blind spots or just plain rigidity in thought process. It becomes a self destructive pattern where they can’t see how their own actions are harmful to them and others who care about their well being. It is as if they do not wish to reassess their plans, actions or thought process. They themselves, and others around them are caught in a viscious circle and unable to break the repeated behavioral pattern. A fresh approach, new insight would get more success, but the unwillingness to listen to anybody including their well wishers puts the barriers to success. It is maybe an inability to change or resistance to change. Don’t know.

    Sonia

    • December 29, 2010 7:18 am

      Sonia,

      Thanks again for sharing your incredible insights. Sometimes we are our own worst enemy. Inertia, reluctance to seek breakthroughs, unwilling to do what may be uncomfortable but necessary to grow, thinking we know best, plus all the things you mention contribute to people staying stuck in old behavior patterns — even when they know it is unsatisfactory and unfulfilling. If one does not put forth the effort then nothing will change for them. I believe that is the first step.
      I wish you the very best for a wonderful and fulfilling 2011!

      Steve

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