I started this tradition at the end of 2012 on my Silly Little CaveGirl blog. I continued to post there for two more years. Through my divorce and reawakening. And my return to my true self. When I started writing at Tailored Output, I brought the tradition with me.
These posts are special to me. They are proof that I am not where I was a year ago - no matter how much I loved that place. They show me that I am progressing. And I love that.
Growth is a value at Tailored Output.
It is part of my unique Genius. And so is what I learned in 2017:
My Inclination is (Re)Invention.
That might come as a surprise. Not the fact of my Inclination - that is probably pretty easy to tell if you've been hanging around these parts for a while - but the fact that I didn't know it until now. I mean. I've been working through this material for far longer than I have been sharing it out loud...
The word (Re)Invention didn't come to me until October. I have been calling this part of my Genius problem-solving even though it didn't quite fit... (Sometimes words don't fully describe everything we have going on inside, and that's OK!) Then this Fall, I was reading through everything I had ever written about my own Genius and comparing it to every personality test, leadership assessment, and strengthsfinding quiz I had ever taken.
That concept kept coming up for me: Remake. Recreate. Reimagine. Restore. Reinvent. On page after page after filled-up journal page.
There was my encouragement to my previous project partner that we reimagine the future. There was my excitement about my efforts to recreate my business processes. There was my super-drunken admission (to Cory) that my ultimate goal is to remake the government in my image.
And it all makes sense looking back at my history.
I see something and my mind naturally goes to fixing. If there is a problem, I will happily help with the solving. And even if everything is working, I will come up with all the ways that it could work better. I mentally edit while I read other people's books. I spend every holiday break sorting out my little sister's closet, donating what worked once but doesn't work for her anymore. I had a blog about paleo versions of my favorite traditional recipes, for crying out loud.
My Inclination is (Re)Invention.
And it is not limited to external things.
I have applied this knack for (re)invention to my own life, at every possible turn: from high school nerd+athlete to au pair to college student+physicist to international affairs junkie to researcher to crossfit+health nut to technology developer to divorcee to program manager to leadership+organizational performance coach to... (whatever comes next, I guess).
When I sat 2+ years ago at the beginning of this latest (re)invention, I questioned everything. Is this a disservice to my past? Is this a waste of my education? Is this going to get me where I ultimately want to go?
Looking back with my new 2017 knowledge, I realize, I couldn't have fought it if I wanted to.
My inclination is (Re)Invention.
It's what I do.
I take what still works from the old and I make it into something better and new.
For myself. In my life and in my work.
And it is what I share through Tailored Output with all of you: The step-by-steps to (re)invent yourself and your work, too.
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