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05/23/2014 10:48 am ET | Updated Jul 23, 2014

Reinvention: The Ultimate Self-Intervention

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Imagine my surprise when I had a call from a friend who needed my help dealing with a personal issue with her son. He was indulging just a little too much in smoking pot for a teenager, and she felt at a loss on how to handle it. Her conversations with him were falling on deaf teenage ears, her ex-husband wasn't quite aligned with her POV and his friends could only say so much. One thing she was certain of was that if he was going to stop, she'd need some outside help, and she was calling in the cavalry.

I was touched and sympathetic, and although this wasn't an "official" intervention, it was definitely something I had skills for that could be put to use -- getting to the root of an issue, analyzing why one chooses to live in their current state, what the pleasure and pain principles are that are attached, what's the ideal and desired outcome and how to set the roadmap for change.

An intervention is a cry for reinvention. And a reinvention requires a significant self-intervention!

This is so similar to the work we do when we're trying to reinvent our lives. This notion of self-intervention requires taking stock of the present and assessing the future. If you've identified something that you'd like to reinvent in your life -- health, spiritual, career, relationships, hobbies, family, habits -- you've started the process.

You may need a support system, your own "cavalry" to give you moral, financial or physical support. The sooner you can define who your champions and the nay-sayers are, the better. You want to make sure that your path is clear and your goals are defined so that when someone tries to rattle your dream, you're not easily swayed.

Finding a mentor that can give you true insights and help build your confidence in what you're doing is always smart.

How about trying a "Reinvention for a Day" program -- do you want to learn Italian? Learn how to cook? Start a new work out program? Look at a new career?

Find a day that you can dedicate to "the day in the life" and step into those shoes for a day? Sounds like a great idea, doesn't it?

The greatest way to create your new reality is to experiment with it and see how it feels. Once you've stepped into it, you will figure out if it's something you want more of and how to build it further into your life.

So go ahead, experiment, touch it, feel it, taste it and create your own intervention -- disrupt the norm of your everyday life, and go for it!

Reinvent your life a little!

"It always seems impossible until its done." -- Nelson Mandela

"Action is the foundational key to all success." -- Pablo Picasso

"Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success." -- Dale Carnegie

"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody." -- Bill Cosby

"Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will." -- Zig Ziglar

"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." -- Walt Disney

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