Elizabeth Rentz

A few days before I turned 68, I woke up early in shock!

Where had all the years gone? Everyone said I was a youthful 67; I didn’t look my age and certainly didn’t act the way some people thought a 67-year-old person should act. I was a runner, owned and operated my own recruiting business and my husband and I traveled frequently. My neighbors—who are in their 40s—said they wanted to grow up to be like us. It sounds like I had a great life, but I didn’t and I knew it, even though others didn’t. When I realized my time on earth was getting shorter, I knew I had to do something or I would regret it for the rest of my days.

My soul wanted to fly and it was stuck inside a body and mind that was full of limiting beliefs - I have to work hard to make money – I have to keep my husband happy – I have to be  perfect. I’ve attended many workshops, read lots of books in my life to release myself from those limiting beliefs—I’ve even walked on hot coals and now I was facing them again.  I had told myself for over three years I needed to make a change in my life and I finally reached a place where I could even consider making the decision to reinvent myself—not play like or fool myself into thinking I was doing it—but really transform and reinvent myself into the person I had always wanted to be but was afraid to be because someone would not like me. The decision was eye-opening. Very frightening and, at the same time, exciting and wonderful. I could feel my soul begin to fly. My problem was I just didn’t know what or how to reinvent myself. 

The bigger problem was although my heart was not in my recruiting firm, our finances were. My recruiting company had made my husband and me financially secure and the thought of giving up that security was terrifying. How was I to shut down my business that we relied on to pay our bills and support our lifestyle?

The start of all my challenges began in 2008 when not only did the real estate market crash but so did the banks. Being a banking recruiter my business slowly declined. The people and companies I had worked with for over 10 years modified their system of working with recruiters and, like many other independent recruiters, I was excluded. By 2014 I wasn’t making the money I had been making and my body was responding to the stress with serious pain. When I sat down to work at the computer to do my job my hand and shoulder were so painful I received Corzine shots and physical therapy so I could work every day.

The money was important or so I thought. And then I couldn’t work. For about a month in January of 2015, I was in bed with my arms lying on pillows—there was so much pain. I couldn’t work on the computer, stir a pot of water or open a bottle of wine. I knew I had to do something but the physical therapy helped and we needed the money to continue our lifestyle. So I procrastinated about making a change—plus if I made a change, what would it be? What could give me the freedom to travel and make the money I was making?  Finally I couldn’t put off making a decision any longer. The physical pain in my body caused by the stress of my job, my denying my values and truth was too much. I made the decision to go for it. My 68th birthday just emphasized the need.

That decision was the best thing I have ever done for myself. I didn’t realize then what all the decision encompassed. Not just in my job but in who I was. No, it didn’t happen overnight. It took me over three months of researching, reading, and talking to people to set my path and another three months to really admit it to myself and my husband. Finally, nine months from the time I made the decision; I closed my recruiting firm and began my new business BreakThrough Your WayTM.

In fairy tales when you make that big decision, everything from then on is supposed to be wonderful. Well, that didn’t happen.  My life did not suddenly become perfect or without “bad things” happening to me. As I was beginning my reinvention process, we were having our roof replaced. It rained, the roof wasn’t covered properly and we had three ceilings in the house fall in while the contractor disappeared with our money. 

A month after that we were rear-ended on the expressway doing 65 miles per hour. Our car was totaled AND the guy that hit us had no insurance.  (Cont'd at Right...)
I was beginning to feel like the Universes’ stepchild when I realized this is life and “shit happens”—but it goes away and how it affects me is my choice. I refused to give in to these challenges. 

Have you ever wanted to do something, but for some unknown reason you kept putting it off? I have always wanted to write a book. Many times, I wrote a chapter or two, but I never believed I could do it. The reason being, I discovered, I wasn’t trying to write the right book.  Wanting and doing are two different things, but as my life changed I developed a passion to write a book about the many options and possibilities waiting for everyone on the other side of deciding to go for it and realizing their full potential.  
My hope was to create a book where individuals could take what I’ve learned and apply it to their life, skipping some of the struggles I put myself through. I wanted to write a book that would challenge and inspire. And now I have written that book. I took me 3 ½ months to write it. The words were there and ready to be realized.  Reinvent: Rediscover Your Passion, Refuel You Purpose, And Reset Your Life is to be released in September 2017.

There was lots of work to reinventing myself. The first and most important was making the decision that I was ready and would do what it takes to succeed. I was ready and I did REINVENT myself into the person I wanted to be but never knew I could be. Not just an author and coach, but my full potential as a human being, a wife, friend, business partner, grandmother. I started seeing my life and everything associated with a kinder point of view. My mindset changed and my love for others changed. I created a business I love and a relationship with my husband that allowed me to not just say, “I love you”, but to feel it every time.  My life has developed in ways I could not have imagined. Lifelong dreams have actualized. I speak my truth from my soul. I’m happy with me.

One of the greatest things I have learned on this journey came from Napoleon Hill in his book Think and Grow Rich: 
“Number one cause of not accomplishing your desires in your life: indecision and procrastination. Making the decision to act on your desire is the ultimate self-motivating force!”

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