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Re-inventing is another area where you apply zero-based thinking. It is one of the most important principles in life and business.  It will provide you with clarity about what you want and don’t want from your business and life (which is often difficult to achieve because you are immersed in your business or life on a day-to-day basis).

Here is an exercise for you:

Imagine that a fire has figuratively burned your life or your business down and you must rebuild every element of it.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What parts of your life or business would you change?
  • What activities would you begin doing and which ones would you cease?
  • What turning points have you faced that went on to lead you to great success?

Note:  A study of several hundred successful Americans indicated that their turning point was most often the unexpected loss of a job. When they found themselves out of work and viewed their lives from the standpoint of having no job and no prospects, they made a great decision. They decided that they were going to do something they wanted to do for their next job or business and they became successful as a result.

In other words, as a result of being forced out of their comfort zones and into zero-based thinking, they had to re-evaluate their previous career decisions. If you were to engage in zero-based thinking, you, like them, might see new possibilities for yourself in your life that you couldn’t see before and essentially re-invent yourself.

One of the major reasons for failure in life is falling into a comfort zone. A comfort zone as the result of inertia. You keep on doing the same old thing for no other reason but that you have been doing it this way for a very long time.

It’s time to stop the clock, like they stop it in a football game, go into a huddle and think about your next play.

Happy Monday!