Change is constant. But how we deal with change is up to us. When you come to a crossroads in life, or hit an obstacle, you can respond in one of two ways. You can either muddle along with the same type of thinking that got you this far, or you can change how you look at things and approach the change with a new worldview. Any guess which is more effective?
"Rewirement" is a term for the process of changing your worldview. If you want to succeed in a new job, or new relationship, you may need to rewire yourself.
For example, if you just found out you're allergic to your favorite food, you can get hung up on it, or you can use it as an opportunity to explore tastes and ingredients you'd never thought of before.
By definition, the term "rewire" implies that something new will replace the old. Rather than thinking of rewirement as an entirely new path, or a replacement of the old wiring, instead think of it as of it a combination of both old and new.
The scope of rewirement can be large or small, broad or specific. It may mean redecorating your home, moving from one side of town to the other, transitioning from road biking to mountain biking, becoming a vegan or even expanding your global footprint.
How do you transition from your current place in life to a new one? A simple five-step process:
- An obstacle presents itself, and you reach a point in which your path is inevitably going to change.
Visit your foundation. Refer to the established network of people around you (your foundation): friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, or any other individuals who have been your steady advocates.
- Ask your foundation to help you evaluate where you've been, where you are and where you want to go.
- Discuss the things you are passionate about and, with your foundation's help, figure out how you can make those passions the focus of your life.
- Allow the people you trust to advise you on your next step
- Funnel and reinvent. Remind yourself of all that you've learned thus far on your journey and use it to help create a new direction.
- Restart the recruitment process to add even more special people to your "baseline" foundation.
- Attach yourself to like-minded people who are in a similar situation or who have made a similar transition.
Rewirement is all about collaborating with your ever-expanding foundation to refocus your life. Why pay a shrink who charges $500 dollars an hour when there are 500 people you could buy a cup of coffee for? That's 500 conversations you could have about how to overcome life's obstacles.
So, while rewirement involves both reevaluation and transformation, it's not a complete abandonment of where you've been and what you know. Instead, it's a way of bringing both the past and future along for a remodeled ride.