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With the popularity of "makeover" shows these days, it's hard not to think about what it would be like to do a total makeover on yourself. Imagine waking up tomorrow morning and being the person you'd love to be and having the life you'd love to have!
A total makeover may be too extreme for most of us, but what about reinventing yourself? What would it be like to start living the life you'd love to live, and becoming the person who belongs in that life?
Early in our lives, many of us were guided, or pushed, onto a particular path. As kids, we were all given labels of some sort. You may have been the smart one, the artistic one, the athletic one, the lazy one, the computer nerd. These labels can become our identity, and we then make career and life choices based on that identity.
Or perhaps you fell onto a life or career path. Opportunities came your way that were easy to grab onto. One led to another, and one day you woke up, looked around and asked, "How did I get here?"
Or you may have lived a fantastic and joyous life, but your once-exciting choices have become routine – you've grown all you can and taken all the juice from them you can. They no longer hold the challenge or attraction that drew you earlier in your life, and it's time to find something new.
Your desire to change may also be a natural life evolution. As you get older, you also grow in experience and wisdom. The things you've done in the past no longer challenge or interest you. Think about your first or second job and what it would be like doing that now. The time comes to take on new and bigger challenges, rather than coasting on what's easy and familiar. That could mean moving to a higher level or a whole different path.
Whatever the reason, at some point, it comes time to reinvent yourself. It may come about as a natural growth and evolution, or it may be a choice to catapult yourself into a new life and a new self. You may want to explore a new career, move to a different location, try out new relationships, activities and behaviors. With so many options and opportunities open to us, there's no reason to stay stuck for a lifetime in something you're bored with at best, or miserable in at worst.
Reinventing yourself can be exciting and scary. While your new path may be intriguing, making changes can be uncomfortable. Here are some tips to smooth the way:
Whatever your age or circumstance, you're not stuck with who you were in the past. We often feel like who we're becoming has to be a linear progression from who we were – that it has to "make sense." But we're always growing, and taking a leap into a new life is okay to do. In fact, it may be getting you back onto a track you reluctantly detoured from many years ago.
Dare to dream who and what you could become, and then take steps to make it happen. It's a great adventure!
When you take away all the excuses and limitations, who is it that you would really like to be? Make a list of the characteristics of that person. What 3 steps can you take this month to bring you closer to that?
"Human beings have an inalienable right to invent themselves..."
"...if the next generation is to face the future with zest and self-confidence, we must educate them to be original as well as competent."
"The more of it [our vision] we can describe, the clearer we also become about the vision's unknown aspects. Our intuitive drive to fill these blanks or unknown aspects will eventually take over and become a powerful force to guide us with a remarkable sense of certainty into an uncharted future."
"Every step you take should increase, not decrease, the breadth of your opportunities."
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