Reinventing the wheel is not advice given by many. However, the “wheel” is usually referred to as a material item or a task where previously created versions allow you a shortcut to arriving at a final destination. When the wheel is you and the ability to roll on or over certain things is fading, a little reinventing could be in order.
How am I a wheel?
We are not circles, but cylinders. We have three axles that we revolve on…intellectual, spiritual, and emotional. Your intellectual axle is the way you naturally process things. Some people are quick thinkers while others need a moment to muddle over things before making decisions. Your spiritual axle is the natural intuitive ability given to every human being. It’s that push to grab and umbrella even though you can’t see rain in your immediate vision. You decide against this axle all the time. You will often get a few miles down the road and find yourself in the middle of a downpour. Your emotional axle is the natural draw toward feelings. This draw happens all day long whether you want it to or not. You are constantly in some state of feeling even when you don’t feel like you’re feeling anything. The common thread among the three axles is the word “natural.” Just as the wheel on a car, the construction is there. The axles are in place. In order to flow without interruption there has to be a periodic alignment.
How to reinvent yourself in four steps:
1. Study your past self to create your future self. Reinventing a thing is not related to deconstructing a thing. It is related to starting anew with a process that someone has already come up with. Do not spend time ripping your past apart. Make observations, note your past, then begin drawing conclusions for the prototype of your new self. Break down each axle into daily functions and create goals for how they should operate.
2. Sit with your prototype for a day or so. There are not many inventors who settle on their inventions upon developing the very first draft. Allow yourself to erase and narrow down what your future self should be doing. Check off each axle as you address it. It is quite possible that your prototype will never be finished, however, it will be operable. Being operable is much better than sitting in a garage.
3. Test the prototype. Inventions go through several testing steps before being considered invented. Test yourself a bit. Play with the prototype you have created. Listen to feedback from people you interact with. If your prototype has several layers, take your time and try one layer at a time. Test each axle one at a time. Take notice of the response from each as you are being tested by your environment. Use your notes to orchestrate your own tests.
4. Be the invention. After the studying, drafting, and testing you are ready to rock and roll! All axles are aligned and in “go” mode. Your days will flow smoothly. Do not be afraid to realign your new wheel as often as necessary by revisiting your draft. After a few months you may notice a few upgrades to add. Add them!