How to Reinvent Yourself
When you reinvent yourself, you’ll be amazed at how great you’ll feel. Many people fear change for many reasons. Essentially, to reinvent means we’re about to enter unknown territory. We let go of what is safe and predictable. Undoubtedly, we have no idea what waits for us on the other side of that door to transformation. So why take such risks?
Reinvent to Experience Life
With every risk comes uncertainty. Whenever we face a new challenge or opportunity, whether that is a new job, new relationship, or a new place to call home, we have a choice. Essentially, we can stay rigid or become fluid.
Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Firstly, the world never stops moving around you, so to stay rigid forces you into a position of vulnerability.
Secondly, when you open to fluidity, you free yourself to experience the ride. Sometimes this ride is going to whip your hair around and blind you. Sometimes it’s going to take your breath away. Other times it’s going to introduce you to people, places and things you never knew.
Thirdly, when you allow yourself to reinvent, you’re saying yes to the risks and rewards that transformation brings.
How to Reinvent
Visualize Your Ideal Future
Unquestionably, something magical happens when you close your eyes and place yourself in your most ideal scene. Maybe that’s sitting in a chair on the beach with your toes soaking in the water. Or perhaps it’s leading a team of colleagues into a purposeful venture. It could be holding your new child for the first time or petting your new furbaby.
Surprisingly, when you allow yourself to dream this way, you learn what makes your heart sing. Specifically, you grasp hold of those things in life that really matter to you. By visualizing your future this way, you also get to enjoy the emotions of being right there, experiencing it for all the gifts it offers.
Whether you’re in a good or bad situation right now, change can be a good thing. Be the driver of that change by taking a few moments each day to write your story. Put yourself in it and enjoy the journey. You’re more apt to move towards something you love. So why not offer yourself that little nudge?
Create a Visual Reminder
Create a visual display of how you’d like to reinvent your life.
What would it consist of? Is it a new job? Find images of such a role, cut them out and pin them to a cork board. Do you see yourself living abroad? Go to Pinterest, and find images of your ideal location and pin them to your board. Whatever you wish in life, find a representative picture, pin it, and look at it often.
Overall, think of this board as your wish book, and then place your order.
Create a List
The best way to get anywhere in life is to take action steps toward it. What do you need to do to transform your life? If you want to change careers, what kind of training will you need? Put that on your list. If you want to live a healthier lifestyle, perhaps exercise is a task to add to that list. Be sure to frame your list items as action steps that are simple and doable. In other words, avoid general statements like exercise more. Instead make the item more concrete: Workout three times a week for twenty minutes.
Continue to Revisit Your Ideal Transformation
Continue to close your eyes and place yourself in that ideal scene. Take in the scents, the tastes, the smells. Eventually, the more you do this, the more connected and committed you will be. Remember, change is a continual process, and can be beneficial when you actively participate in its projection.
Furthermore, it’s important to note that some changes are out of your control. So, for those, you will need to keep your wits about you and remember that everything is temporary. Everything passes with time. Easy times will turn hard. And, thankfully this also means hard times will turn easy.
This realization makes me think of Lia from Sandcastles when it finally dawned on her that everything is temporary.
Sandcastles are temporary. Trying to build them into permanent structures is an impossible dream. They fall down quickly, with little warning. The comfort comes when one realizes that when they crumble and fall back into the sea, they become the foundation for something else in the waiting.
It’s human nature to resist change. We all do it. At points in life, you’ll find yourself gripping the status quo. In those moments, to break free and slip into a more conducive fluid state, simply ask yourself, “What can I do in this moment to get past this?”
Basically, if you crave freedom, choose to reinvent.
Over to You
If you could reinvent one thing about your life, what would it be?
Wishing you the very best,
Suzie Carr, novelist