Reinventing Yourself: It may be time to hit the reset button–here’s how it’s done

“Can you solve a problem for more than one side of an industry?”

With all of the turbulence brought on by the pandemic, many of us are forced to confront mind-states that are suddenly out of date or otherwise unworkable. I’ve seen interviews with small businesses where owners bemoan their sudden lack of business but fail to appreciate that reality has squarely slapped them and their business model down for the count. When we fail to appreciate that times have shifted and we must shift along with them we open ourselves up to failures on more than one front.

If you own a small business, it’s likely that you understand what it means to adapt, improvise, and overcome but do you really appreciate innovation and the entrepreneurial and disruptive nature of real change? A small business has to remain nimble and able to pivot as times catch up and overtake what was formerly a stable business model. I’ve seen many that have adapted very quickly, particularly restaurants that have to serve orders in some fashion in order to have a business at all. Others have shifted how they deliver services or products and now are considering the longer term implications of this new approach.

With no end in sight for the pandemic and the seismic shift it has brought to our professional and personal lives, it is incumbent on us to be proactive in anticipating how we need to reinvent ourselves or our business models. Highly sensitive people are quite intuitive but learning to paid heed to that intuition and use rational and creative thinking to bring that idea to fruition takes practice and development of those capacities. Intuition is the harbinger of what you may need to do, not the way to get there.

This strategy of personal and professional reinvention is especially relevant and poignant for those of us who are HSS/HSPs (high sensation seeking highly sensitive people). Our collective need for novelty, new experiences, thrill seeking, when coupled with boredom susceptibility and dis-inhibition, predisposes us to a cycle of continual reinvention throughout life. For HSS/HSPs, reinvention is a way of life, or at least a fact of life that we may be far more comfortable with than HSPs, who may seek structure, predictability, or lack of significant change to avoid overstimulation or anxiety.

The HSS/HSP breaks through the walls of fear as the need to reinvent becomes too strong to resist. Learning to challenge and engage with your fears to reinvent is an essential skill in the 21st century where few things are stable, predictable, or long-term. We are all entrepreneurs now…

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