10 Easy Ways to Reinvent Yourself
BY CHRIS SAVAGE
What Does It Mean to Reinvent Yourself?
Reinventing yourself is the conscious and deliberate process of becoming a new person.
People reinvent themselves for different reasons.
You might get to a point where you realize that who you are now isn’t aligned with who you want to be.
You don't want to be that person anymore, so you decide to change.
Reinventing yourself takes place from the inside out.
It starts with how you think and speak, your habits, and your emotional responses.
One of the greatest gifts we have as human beings is the ability to change ourselves.
How Do You Reinvent Yourself?
Here are 12 easy ways to reinvent yourself from the inside out.
1. Who Are You Now?
Before you can reinvent yourself you need a starting point.
You need to know where you are.
How do you see yourself?
How do you communicate a) with yourself and b) with other people?
What do you like and dislike about yourself?
What are your current habits?
How do you speak?
How do you present yourself?
What are your fears?
What are your dreams and aspirations?
Rate yourself in the main areas of your life.
Look at your relationships, finances, health, and wellbeing.
Get a clear idea of who you are now compared to who you want to become.
That way you know the areas of improvement you need to focus on.
2. Create a Vision of the Ideal You
What does the ideal you look like?
How do you look, speak, and act?
What are your interests and outlook on life?
Write down from the perspective of your new self what’s important and what’s not.
Figure out who you want to be and what you'll stand for.
Include as much detail as you can.
How you'll spend your time, your goals, and the types of people you want to be around.
Keep the image of your ideal self in your mind and take steps every day towards becoming that person.
3. Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses
Reinventing yourself doesn’t mean you’re a terrible person and you have to change yourself.
It means you know you could be better than who you currently are, and you want more out of life.
Instead of wishing, complaining, or giving up hope, do something about it.
Take your strengths and improve them while you shed the parts of yourself you don't want anymore.
Whatever's standing in your way, either overcome it or remove it from your life.
That's why it's important to know your weaknesses.
When you know what they are you can fix them.
When you know your strengths you can use them to your advantage.
Put yourself in situations where your strengths have value and will be rewarded.
To succeed in anything you need to take action.
It sounds so simple, but it’s the one thing that trips people up on their path to success more than any other.
You’ve already defined who you want to be, now it’s time to make it happen.
Don’t overwhelm yourself with giant leaps.
Start with micro-goals. Simple, clear, and attainable first steps you can manage without too much difficulty.
These can be as simple as cleaning your room or home.
Be ruthless. Get rid of everything that doesn’t align with your goals and the type of person you want to become.
You might want to change your appearance.
Go out and buy a new outfit and some new shoes, and get rid of your old ones.
Taking action doesn’t always mean conquering the world in a day.
Start small. Once you’ve taken action set another goal, then set a bigger one.
The key is to stay active and forward-facing so you don't fall back into your own ways.
5. Define the Type of Life You Want to Live
Our external environment has such an impact on who we become.
Surround yourself with objects and environments that reinforce who you want to be.
Declutter your life of all non-essentials so you can start out with a clean slate.
This means you’ll be cutting out habits and behaviours that don’t serve you anymore.
You can reinvent yourself but if you don't change your environment, not much will change.
Defining the type of person you want to be and the type of life you want to live creates a magnetic force.
Over time that force gets stronger, pulling you towards your new life.
6. Use Visual Reminders and Affirmations
The human brain thinks in a visual modality. You can use this to your advantage.
Collect images of your new life.
That could mean anything from the home you want to live in, to how you want to look, to what you want to do.
Place images around your home where you’ll see them. And reinforce your ideas with affirmations.
Now let’s be clear, images and affirmations are great tools, but they aren’t enough on their own.
Ideas must be followed by action. Without action your ideas are worthless.
Over time these images embed themselves in your mind and work as an attraction mechanism.
Your conscious awareness shifts to who you now are, not who you used to be.
7. Focus on One Thing at a Time
What’s the main reason people don’t get what they want? Their focus is too scattered.
What’s one thing, above all others, that would make the biggest difference to your life?
For the moment put everything to the side and focus only on making progress in this one area.
I always had problems with this.
When I looked at my life there were so many things I didn't like, I didn’t know where to start.
My strategy was to change everything all at once.
But that only led to overwhelm, and my results were unimpressive at best, pitiful at worst.
After trial and error, I found focusing on one thing at a time is way more effective.
Your accomplishments start to stack on top of each other, and your success compounds.
You don’t know what you don’t know.
The knowledge you’ve accumulated so far in your life is a drop in the ocean.
There’s always something more to learn that can improve your life.
When you develop the habit of learning it becomes second nature.
Your view of the world widens and your understanding of how things work expands.
Some people think of learning as an arduous task, but learning should be fun.
Learning is a positive experience when you're passionate about what you're learning.
Time is precious so you don't want to spend it learning useless information (of which the world is full).
Seek knowledge that's aligned with your goals, interests, and your life's objectives.
9. Avoid Toxic People and Places
We all know how important peer groups are as children and adolescence.
But when we become adults we tend to forget that.
Think about the types of people you have around you regularly.
Do they lift you up or bring you down? Empower you, or belittle you?
Are they inspired by your personal reinvention or intimidated by it?
No one is perfect and everyone has their own faults.
But if a person is toxic, either distance yourself from them or cut them out of your life completely.
10. Make a Plan and Follow It Through to the End
This is the glue that ties all the previous steps together.
You can have all the best intentions, but if you don't have a workable plan you’re wasting your time.
Make a clear, easy to follow plan.
A series of steps to get you where you are now to where you want to go.
It doesn’t have to be a plan of minute detail because things always change and you have to adapt.
But at the very least you need a blueprint, or a map, to follow.
Back up that plan with intelligent, consistent action.
Don’t overwhelm yourself with giant leaps.
Chunk your bigger goals down into smaller pieces and get them done one by one.
And don’t underestimate the power of momentum.
Once you get on a roll don’t get comfortable and slack off.
You’ll have to start over again because you'll lose your stride.
And before you know it you’ll have lost your momentum.
Have patience and stick to your plan.
Compounded over time all those small wins add up to something big.
You'll be living your best life, as your best self.
Now it's up to you. Go get it!
Quotes About Reinventing Yourself
"It's never too late to be what you might have been." -- George Elliot
"You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be." -- Marianne Williamson
"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." -- George Bernard Shaw
"If you are not where you want to be, do not quit, instead reinvent yourself and change your habits." -- Eric Thomas
"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." -- R. Buckminster Fuller