Reinvent Yourself

What if you were the Mayor of a dying town…

What would you do to save the town…all the people depend on you…the livelihood of thousands depend on YOU.

I recently took a long driving trip from Texas to Michigan. Along the way we passed by a little town with an interesting story, Casey, IL.  As is the case of many small towns in our country, years ago, Casey, IL was a dying town. The travelers on  I-70 were passing by and Casey was going unnoticed.

Thanks to the creative genius of Jim Bolin and his family, Casey, IL now proudly boasts several BIG Achievements. That is, Casey holds several Guinness Book World’s Records. The first record was the World’s Largest Wind Chime, located at 109 East Main St. The chime was installed in 2011 and was just the beginning. They now have the Worlds Largest Rocking Chair, Knitting Needles and Crochet Hook, Mailbox, Golf Tee, and Pitchfork. The town also has many large attractions that are not “certified” as the World’s Largest, but fun to see nevertheless: I saw a large bird cage, pencil, yard stick, cactus, minion, ruler, and teeter totter (soon to be certified). Each item must be functional in order to be considered for the Guinness Book of World Records.  Below is a picture I took of the knitting needles and crochet hook, along with the items made during the Guinness certification.

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Worlds largest knitting needles and crochet hook, located at The Farmer’s Wife, Casey, IL

Besides being Super Sized, this story is a fantastic example of Reinventing something.  It started with one idea… the Windchimes (see below). Little by little,  excitement grew and the town became known for something.  The inhabitants started to feel really good about living in Casey, IL. Tour buses now come to see all of these works of wonder and money flows. The little town is prosperous.

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World’s Largest Windchimes at Casey, IL

What can we learn from Casey, IL?

Obviously, not everyone can go build a World Record sized object. However, each one of us has talents and abilities that go untapped. You can reinvent yourself. Just like at Casey, you might have to start slowly and make changes gradually. It took several years to build the Windchimes.  We are all a work in progress. If you do not like who you are today, think about what you can do to make some changes.

What would you like to be?

Think about what special talents you have that could be put to use.

How might you start using those talents to help others?

How can you express something you have always wanted to say?

 

Your reinvention may not be large in size. Your change might be something other people might not notice at first. The key is to decide what you want to do and begin taking the actions you need in order to make change happen in your life.

So, right NOW – write down what you would like to change or begin in your life.  Write down on that same page, any ideas you have about the subject. Can you think of a way to actually take the first step toward doing this thing? If not, don’t panic…keep the paper near you and when an idea comes to mind, write it down.

If you can think of something to do…write down how, what, who, all the details you can think of to make this idea happen. Then, wait a day before doing it.

I know, that sounds kind of crazy…I am trying to get you to take action, but I am saying wait?  Yes. Wait. Let the idea ferment in your mind. Sleep on it. Get more specific about what you want to do. Do not jump off a cliff because you came up with a great idea.

After you have thought it over and made your plans more specific. TAKE ACTION. Small actions are usually a good idea, especially when going after a big dream. Why? Because you are making a big change and change does not usually just happen over night. It usually takes work, and time, and sustained effort.

As you progress with this idea, make adjustments as needed. It may take building several “World Record” projects before people start noticing your change. Keep the little town of Casey, IL in your thoughts as you make your changes and develop you plans.

Begin today, what you will be tomorrow.