You’re on a Journey of Renewal
You may have your own title for this – less grand and optimistic sounding.
Maybe your way of talking about it sums up the challenge of your current situation:
- “I hate my job.”
- “I’m in transition.”
- “I’m exhausted but need to keep going.”
- “I lost my job, my marriage, my spark, my dream…”
- “I know I don’t want this anymore, but I don’t know what I DO want.”
- “I’m figuring out what’s next.”
- “I’m ready. Ready for something more.”
However you express it, know that the loss of your old dream is neither a mistake you made, nor a problem with some logical solution that you’ve somehow missed. Most simply – you’ve outgrown it.
And now Life is calling you to discover new brilliance.
Change – Where the Journey Begins
Your change may be external: your job went away, a relationship ended, your nest is suddenly empty, a loved one died, the housing market collapsed…
Or perhaps your change is more internal:
- A career path that used to be comfortable has begun to feel too small.
- Important parts of your life that were satisfying have lost meaning.
- Work that used to energize now drains you.
- A goal you achieved and enjoyed is starting to feel like a jail.
Whether something INSIDE has changed and old roles no longer fit, or an OUTSIDE change has mugged your old life, here you are.
Welcome to transition. The journey has begun.
(And, as you’ll discover here at Brilliant NEXT, you’re in very good travel company.)
Destination: Your Brilliant NEXT
You may not be clear exactly where you’re headed, yet you already hold the dream of how you’ll feel when you arrive:
- You’ll feel ALIVE. More fully alive and completely YOURSELF than ever.
- You’ll feel a burning CLARITY of purpose. Calm yet SURE, VIBRANT, PASSIONATE.
- You’ll stand CENTERED again in your confidence. Not in ego but in KNOWING.
- You’ll be OPEN. Opened-hearted. Open with renewed TRUST, connection, and a sense of harmony with something bigger. Life, God, Spirit – whatever fits your personal language.
- You’ll feel READY. Ready to follow your fire. Ready to create the work and life that will carry your new brilliance into the world.
Here at Brilliant NEXT we talk about this renewal-point as “New Fire.”
I’m not saying you’ll feel this fire every minute. I certainly don’t. Yet once found, its flame will remain in your heart. You’ll come back to it again and again as you move forward. It will inspire, guide, illuminate, and be embodied in the Brilliant NEXT you create.
If you’re reading this, you are probably feeling far-from-fire in some important part of your life. Yet you’ve experienced “fire” before; in past life-chapters when direction was clear and enthusiasm abundant.
And this NEXT LifeWork your fire will burn even brighter and more true.
No matter how distant it may seem today. Even if you see no path.
The Territory of Renewal
The gap between where you stand now and the new fire that’s calling you is the territory of renewal. (I talk about this as being “Between-Dreams.”) And I talk about it as a journey because the way forward is a process of active discovery. And the bigger the change, the more it’s a process of internal discovery. Going outside what you know. Wilderness.
And like wilderness, no one I know has ever described transition as comfortable. So, if you’re past the exhausting denial phase, you likely have a crowd of uncomfortable feelings. Along with a traffic jam of thoughts and questions.
If you’re like most of us, throw a little self-criticism into the mix.
The exact feelings depend on your personality, where you are on the journey, and this moment in time. They’re unique to you. Yet they also resonate with those of all people on a renewal journey, myself included.
- There is loss and grief. Anger.
- There is hope, curiosity, the stirring of dreams – moments of clarity & peace.
- And there are uncomfortable in-between feelings: vague emptiness, uncertainty, self doubt, lack of energy, and anxiety. Fear.
These are all part of the territory of renewal. While change happens, renewal is a choice. Not everyone is willing to leave the known and make the uncomfortable but necessary journey.
I’m guessing that you are.