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10 Tips For Reinventing Yourself

10 Tips For Reinventing Yourself

After three months of a book tour for Whatís Up Down There? that sells me to the world as the ďGirlfriend Gynecologist,Ē Iím officially hanging up my white coat and giving away my speculums to shift my practice from a medical practice to a pure coaching practice. My mother thinks Iím crazy, but bless her heart, she said, ďHoney, if youíre happy, then Iím happy.Ē And Iím blissful. Gleeful. Bubbling over with pink sparkly joy. I can hardly contain myself.

Plate o’ Love (side of Medicine)

For years, Iíve been telling people that I practice love with a little bit of medicine on the side. Lately, the medicine part has felt like more and more of a distraction. The details of lab tests, Pap smears, and prescriptions seem so secondary to what Iím really good at–the LOVE. Recently, as much as Iíve loved my medical practice at the Owning Pink Center, Iíve found myself feeling like some heeby-jeeby bug-like creature that longs to shed the last sleeve of the white coat skin Iíve been trying to escape for years now so I can fully unfurl my wings and FLY.

Letting go of this gigantic defining factor in my life–releasing my identity as ďDOCTOR’–feels like lifting an elephant off my chest. I feel light as pixie dust, and with this lightness, I feel like I can do anything, like I can continue to reinvent my outer life so it better matches my inner life.

Since 90% of my medical practice has been coaching women to live fuller, more vital lives by owning all the facets of what makes them whole–their creativity, their spirituality, their health, their sexuality, their relationships, and the very purpose of their lives- it feels like a natural reinvention. Iíve been doing this for years. Iíve just been calling it something else.

Each unpeeling of the onion of ME gets me one layer closer to the essential heart of who I really am, and the more I unpeel the onion, the more blissful I feel, the more authentic I am, the more whole I become.

Do you long to do the same? Here are some tips I learned along the way.

10 Tips For Reinventing Yourself

  1. Donít put yourself in a box or let anyone else put you in one. Avoid the temptation to limit yourself to a ďnicheĒ that is too narrow for all of who you are. Keep yourself expansive.
  2. Remember that life is not a one way street. Reinventing yourself doesnít mean you canít drive two ways on the road of your life.
  3. Hold onto your childhood dreams. Itís never too late to live your truth and let your freak flag fly. Let your dreams be limitless.
  4. Send your inner critic to time out. Donít judge who you really are.
  5. Avoid worrying about what ďeverybodyĒ thinks. After all, most of the time, ďeverybodyĒ boils down to only a few key people whose opinions may not be the best guiding forces in your life.
  6. Trust your inner guidance over even your wisest mentors. Check in with your body. Listen to your gut and your heart. YOU know best.
  7. Resist the temptation to let fear rule your decisions. Feel the fear and do it anyway.
  8. Donít rely on labels to define you. Your purest definition comes from within–and nobody can ever take that away from you, no matter how you reinvent yourself.
  9. Surround yourself with other people who fearlessly reinvent themselves. Let them blow pixie dust beneath your wings while you return the favor. Butterflies love flying companions.
  10. Be ALL YOU, ALL THE TIME while youíre considering your reinvention. Switching one false mask for another merely covers your truth with another faÁade. Unveil the beauty that is YOU without apology.

What about you? What layers of the onion do you long to unpeel? How would you reinvent yourself if you took fear and judgment out of the equation?

Hey, if a doctor can take off her white coat after twelve years of education and ten years of practice to be more of who she really longs to be, we as beings evolving together can do ANYTHING.

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Need guidance as you reinvent yourself? Let Lissa Rankin help you catalyze the kind of change that will take you deeper into the joy of living an authentic life. For more about Lissa’s coaching or to make an appointment, click here.

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Lissa Rankin

Lissa Rankin, MD is a mind-body medicine physician, founder of the†Whole Health Medicine Institute training program for physicians and other health care providers, and the New York Times bestselling author of†Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself.† She is on a grassroots mission to heal health care, while empowering you to heal yourself.† Lissa blogs at† and also created two online communities -† and† She is also the author of two other books, a professional artist, an amateur ski bum, and an avid hiker. Lissa lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and daughter.


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3:22AM PST on Nov 4, 2012

Thanks for the encouragement and wishing you peace and joy and success in your new endeavour. God Bless.

8:26PM PST on Feb 15, 2012

Thank you.

8:25PM PST on Feb 14, 2012


11:43AM PST on Feb 10, 2012

Good for her !

7:25AM PST on Feb 3, 2012

Pleased let me win your book . I require a push to get motivated an your article was just a tease. I need you help and inspiration and I will sing your praises to all.

1:55PM PST on Jan 30, 2012

These are great. Thanks for posting! I need to remember these and put them into action.

8:57PM PST on Jan 29, 2012

I don't want to reinvent myself. I like me, just the way I am.

But, I do stay alert for ways I can make improvements or expand who I am.

I have this valued exercise I do occasionally. I imagine I have already crossed over and am to receive my life review. What will I wish I had done differently? What negative habit do I
wish I had broken? If I had one more day to live, how would I live it?

I remember my aged grandfather sitting in his rocking chair moaning "If only I had it to do over again. If only I had it to do over again." It deeply impressed my child's mind. Now, I'm older than he was. lol What would I wish "I had it to do over again?" If I had a second chance.....

I sorta blink and look around the room. This is my second chance!

I get busy. lol

4:43PM PST on Jan 29, 2012


4:30AM PST on Jan 29, 2012

Thanks for the article

4:52PM PST on Jan 28, 2012

Wow! You are so brave. Good Luck.

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