Jewish Journal


September 1, 2009

It’s Been a While…


Misha Henckel is a Los Angeles-based personal and executive life coach. Her executive clients are generally leaders of entertainment and media companies who are focused on re-inventing themselves and re-envisioning their organizations. She is founder of Life Mastery Circles, a workshop series for women, and is co-founding a new organization for empowering and developing women leaders. She can be reached at www.mishahenckel.com or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Reinventing oneself is certainly what I have been recommending to everyone these days, and no one is exempt. If you haven’t heard from me in a while, that’s what I’ve been up to. I’ve been in some degree of seclusion, most of the summer - reconfiguring myself, my Work, and my brand for these changing times – and working on a book.

It’s challenging work, “updating” oneself: you have to examine your beliefs – your beliefs about yourself, others, and life; you have to go deep within, past all the noise of the mind and the tides of feelings; and you must connect with your soul. You have to spend time examining what is true for your soul, and then re-envisioning your life from that place of inner-centeredness. And then – you must be willing to ACT on what you discover to be really true for you. This may be quite different to what you’ve been doing. And ACTING on what is true for you, may mean letting go of beliefs, habits, lifestyles, or your modus operandi. It may mean giving up relationships that no longer work or creating healthier versions of those relationships, if that is possible. It may mean changing your Work, “how” you work, or with whom you work.

Central to a successful reinvention of self is the understanding that no matter who you are, YOU are, and will always be the most important person in your life – and you must treat yourself as such. (If you have any qualms about this, remember that the greatest gift you can give your loved ones is the best version of yourself. And the greatest support you can offer a loved one is to allow them the freedom to be the best version of themselves.)

The “changing times” continue and the sooner we get to the deep personal updating that we all need to do, the sooner we will find our true footing and be able to shape our lives the way we want them.

Email me with your questions .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)and I’ll be happy to respond. Answers will be anonymously posted to the blog.

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