I want to talk about the big changes occurring in 2020, not just for me, but for all of you out there! If you follow me on social media or you’ve seen my recent video on the subject, you know I recently changed my name. I wanted to talk a bit about that change today and explain my thoughts on the idea of “reinventing” myself.

I have talked about this many times before and not only that I want to make sure that I LIVE it.  It’s so important to be transparent and vulnerable with your audience and to share your scars once you’re in the healing process of what you’re going through. It’s so easy to make noise on social media or turn your platforms into a highlight reel, but if you’re focused on making yourself look perfect, you’re actually doing a disservice to your movement.

As human beings, we’re constantly reinventing yourself, right? Think back to where you were 5 years ago. What’s changed? What’s remained the same? I think you’ll find that even the person you were 5 months ago has changed. Even if you attempt to never progress – if you live in the same house your whole life and work at the same job… things change!

And as entrepreneurs, we want to generate that know-like-trust factor with our audiences. If they think we’re perfect people all the time, why would they want to connect with us and invest in our products or services? If your audience can’t relate to you, they won’t give you their time on a long-term basis.

As entrepreneurs, we’ve chosen a life that demands our adaptation to change. There are ups and downs and all kinds of transitions to go through, even when you think you’ve “made it”. And right now, I’m deep in that process. Business is going well, my team is doing amazingly… but there are some big changes in my life that I’m in the middle of adapting to.

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about what I want this next year of my life to look like. What do I want to do? Who do I want to become? I know people say this a lot, but “2020” just sounds like a big year for clarity and redefining your vision of who you want to be.

And in 2020, who I want to be is Marley Jaxx. I asked my mom to rename me for this new year and a new decade that I’m sure will be full of its own accomplishments, failures, and big changes. She came up with “Marley Jaxx”. J-A-X-X, meaning “someone who fights through any curve ball life throws at them.”

No one ever said entrepreneurship was a walk in the park. Even just being a human can be super overwhelming and scary a lot of the time. And I’m sure 2020 has some amazing wins and incredible learning experiences in store for all of us. But as cliche as it sounds, your reaction to these big changes is what truly defines you and determines the trajectory of your business.

I hope this inspires you to show your scars and be open to sharing some of the things life throws at you. Let those scars become part of your story, and in turn, you’ll be helping other people recognize their own stories.

Ultimately, all any of us want is to feel connected with other people, and in my mind, the most effective way to do that is through vulnerability.

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