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Reimagine Your Life

In a rut? Feeling stuck? 6 steps to help you make a change in your life

Act: Make your possibilities real by taking action

Using the previous exercises as guidance, take a first step in a new direction — any direction. See what happens. Then adapt your next steps as things unfold.

It really is that simple: Take action.

You can ask your sounding board to help you weigh alternatives, but ultimately you'll have to trust your gut. And who knows what surprises will appear? When you act, doors open. New connections click. A planned meeting leads to a chance encounter — someone knows someone who knows someone else — and suddenly an opportunity materializes that you had never anticipated.

For each of the next five days, take one chance per day. Then describe them in your journal.

Stepping outside your comfort zone will feel scary at first. Or exhilarating. Or possibly both.

Taking action, pausing to weigh its impact, tailoring your next step — as you find your rhythm with these phases of reimagining your life, you may just find your bliss.


  • Make the phone call you've been putting off.
  • Get back in touch with the person you've been thinking of lately.
  • Sign up for a music lesson — or open-mike night?!
  • Start to learn the language you've been longing to speak.
  • Introduce yourself to that server who has waited on you so often in your fave lunch spot.

Richard J. Leider is a founding partner of the Inventure Group, a training firm that helps people discover the power of purpose. Alan M. Webber is the author of Rules of Thumb: 52 Truths for Winning at Business Without Losing Your Self.

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Life Reimagined

Life Reimagined book cover

This groudbreaking program helps people make positive changes in their lives. Created by AARP in collaboration with leading experts in personal development, aging, transitions and social change, Life Reimagined offers information, tools, coaching services and ways to connect with like-minded people. This article is adapted from Life Reimagined: Discovering Your New Life PossibilitiesBerrett-Koehler Publishers, (October 1). 

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