Reinventing yourself from time to time is necessary if you want to live your life as the best version of yourself - and who wants to live a mediocre life, right?
Sometimes life forces us to reinvent ourselves through undesirable events such as sickness, divorce, becoming empty nesters, losing our job, or through nice events such as weedings, having kids, promotions or a new job, starting a business, retirement etc. If you ask “how often is desirable we reinvent ourselves?” I would say at least once a year and every time we feel stressed or resentful for more than 3 weeks in a row.
This is why:
“Psychologists tell us that by the time we’re in our mid-30s, our identity or personality will be completely formed. This means that for those of us over 35, we have memorized a select set of behaviors, attitudes, beliefs, emotional reactions, habits, skills, associative memories, conditioned responses, and perceptions that are now subconsciously programmed within us. Those programs are running us, because the body has become the mind. This means that we will think the same thoughts, feel the same feelings, react in identical ways, behave in the same manner, believe the same dogmas, and perceive reality the same ways. About 95 percent of who we are by midlife1 is a series of subconscious programs that have become automatic—driving a car, brushing our teeth, overeating when we’re stressed, worrying about our future, judging our friends, complaining about our lives, blaming our parents, not believing in ourselves, and insisting on being chronically unhappy, just to name a few.” ― Joe Dispenza, Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One
Reading the quote above you probably agree that it is scary to live your life by default and be controlled by patterns mostly picked up unconscientiously. I hope this inspires you to go ahead and reinvent yourself.
Some strategies to reinvent yourself:
Introspection –ask yourself some questions about your state of affairs. Am I happy? What would I like to see in my life moving forward? Etc.
Creating new goals for your life, checking every area to see how satisfied you are and what you can do to raise your level of satisfaction.
Reading and reviewing your Bucket List.
Creating or upgrading your Vision Board. Here is a clip from my Strategic Achievement Quick-start where I tech how to build a Vision Board.
Creating or revising your Persona Statement –this is a series of statements that answer the question Who I want to be?
Recording your activities for a period of 2 weeks then identifying time wasters or things that no longer serve who you want to become.
Creating new rituals for attracting what you want to see in your life.
Reinventing yourself takes time and commitment. You might take a week to go through some or all of the 7 points and make new decisions for your life. Then you need the discipline to create new habits and this takes at least 3 more weeks but sometimes more. To me it does not matter how long reinventing myself takes because whatever new habits I am creating will benefit me for the years to come.
Your Strategic Achievement Assignment:
Take a couple of hours this weekend and go through some of the 7 points and make some new decisions!
Comment and ask questions below. I am very curious to know how you are doing.