Reinvention in the Workplace - Writing Your Way through Change

I think we can agree that as individuals we have all done some pretty cool things in our lives. You had a baby? AMAZING! You got a raise? WAHOO! You got your degree? SO proud of ya! But can we say we are the most decorated male winter Olympian of all time AND a New York Times best selling author? Probably not, but Apolo Ohno can! Being an athlete comes with an inevitable retirement, and after that most people are left thinking, “well… what’s next?”. Apolo has first hand experience with this, and has got the art of changing your path down to a science.

Change is not easy. Most people hate it. Let’s be honest, it’s usually easier to stay stagnant rather than take the scary leap of faith towards something unfamiliar. There are a few tips and tricks to make this change less painful, and set you on the path to success faster than you could’ve anticipated.

How to Pivot

Let me start you off with a little nugget of wisdom Apolo dropped on us, “The pivot is only successful if done consistently over long periods of time”

I’ll give you a second to really soak up that goodness.

Listen, as much as we want to be able to just change on a dime and keep it moving, it’s just not realistic. If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that we DON’T know what the outcome of things may be, so you gotta be consistent for a while if you expect to see the results you’re looking for.

Go All In

There are three main things you should keep in mind at all times (hey, maybe even write yourself a little sticky note reminder like Kate and Apolo do!)

  • Change is constant.
  • Resilience is necessary and critical.
  • Be creative!

Embrace change. Will it be easy? NO, but nothing in life is. Take those growing pains in stride, in the end you will have changed for the better. And hey, if you hit rock bottom, use it as a springboard! You’re not going to hit a home run at your first time up to bat.

Reinventing yourself, changing your career, or reevaluating your purpose in life is uncomfortable. No doubt about that. But it is necessary in bettering yourself as a person. In a few years, you’ll look back and thank your past self for being brave and making that difficult decision.

And remember, if you’re stuck in a rut, ask yourself these 2 questions:

  • What do I want out of life?
  • What does life want out of me?

And you’ll do ok.

This only scratches the surface of the brilliance shared on this episode of Lately Live, so if you want even MORE greatness, listen to the full conversation here:

Learn More About Apolo Ohno

It’s safe to say Apolo Ohno is beyond fascinating, so why wouldn’t you want to learn more about him? Hey, maybe some of his genius will rub off on you… if you’re lucky. Check out his website and keep your eyes peeled for his upcoming book that tackles subjects like unlocking a gold medal mindset, accessing your power within, and learn how to live life in the driver’s seat!

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