CAREER ADVANCEMENT / NOV. 15, 2014
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How to Reinvent Yourself

Do you ever feel that your life is in neutral? You’re performing your daily tasks but you’re not really going anywhere nor are you doing anything you actually enjoy doing. Perhaps it’s time to reinvent yourself and your career, a perfect opportunity in time for the New Year. 

Many of us wish we could reset our lives because certain decisions we made placed us in a spot where we don’t like where we live, we don’t like where we work and we don’t like what the immediate future holds for us. Indeed, we all make mistakes and take the wrong routes, but we’ve made our bed and now we have to lie in it. 

With that being said, it’s never too late to reinvent ourselves when we feel stagnant. Although it’s important to maintain your genuine self, it’s just as crucial to innovate, advance and challenge yourself. This is in fact a part of the reinvention process, which could propel you to new opportunities and successes. 

A great example of this is George Costanza, who moved ahead by doing the opposite of his intuition. Instead of a coffee, he would have tea; rather than refraining from talking to an attractive woman, he would ask her out on a date. Don’t worry, though, doing the opposite of every logical thought won’t necessarily be part of the reinvention process. 

Here are seven ways to reinvent yourself in time for 2015: 

1. Perception 

Are you a morose individual who always see the worst side of life? Well, toss that kind of thinking into the garbage and install the power of positive thinking into your mind. Being grateful for being alive, always seeking out the positive side of things and regularly maintaining a happy go-lucky demeanor is the first step to reinvention. 

2. The Future 

If you could go back in time and revise your life, what would you do differently? Although scientists haven’t invented a time machine - even if there is one physics can dispel its power - you still can change your life by moving forward. Think about what kind of life you want to have in the future and what type of person you wish to be. Once you have this down, take the steps immediately to accomplish this. 

3. Physical Appearance 

Some may think it’s shallow to alter your physical appearance in order to reinvent yourself. However, a lot of people feel the greatest after a haircut, wearing a new wardrobe or sporting a tan. As soon as you have a visualization of what your future holds, head to a spa, the barber and a department store and freshen up your look and style. You’ll feel better right away. 

4. Spirituality 

Indeed, there are many skeptics out there when it comes to spirituality. Having an interest in this field doesn’t necessarily equate to religion or a belief in God, but rather understanding oneself, having a connection with nature and maintaining empathy. 

You can initiate your path to self-satisfaction by reading the "TaoTao," performing yoga, changing your diet and taking part in minimal exercise. Being content with who you are is the first step to enlightenment. It’s akin to what Lao Tzu wrote: "Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.”  

5. Interaction 

Over the years, have you simply been a recluse who shuns any sort of interaction? Now is the time to adjust that social behavior and be friendlier to strangers, customer service representatives, neighbors and the general public. You don’t need to opine on foreign policy or discuss the gravitational singularity, but a simple hello with a smile can make you feel good and generate a different perception from others. 

6. New Skills 

Growing up, did you always want to be a writer, an architect or a physicist? It may be too late to transform into Michio Kaku or Anton Chekhov, but it’s never too late to attain new skills, whether it’s for personal satisfaction or career advancement. Think about what you’re interested in learning and what new career you want to embark upon. If you detest your current career then finding a new one you adore will change your life for the better. 

7. Environment 

Changing your surroundings is a major part of reinventing yourself. You can either change cities completely or take a vacation to another faraway place - if you live in New York City you shouldn’t just head to Boston. Instead, if it’s affordable, travel to a region with an entirely different culture, such as Italy, France, South Africa, New Zealand or Singapore. Most people want to travel, and unfortunately many of them do not. 

In addition, modifying your environment can be as simple as moving into a new apartment. 

These are the first steps to reinventing yourself and your life. After years of complacency and boredom, you now have the opportunity to introduce excitement and genuine change in your life. Remember to keep a journal with you and jot down your progression to reinvention. Towards the end of your life, you can look back and read the tales of two opposite lives. 

 

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