Like anything important and long-lasting, reinventing yourself works best when you know the best route to take and are prepared for the obstacles you may encounter. These steps to reinvention have been suggested by the very best leaders as well as those who have successfully reinvented themselves.
“I thought, I need to reinvent myself. I want every day of life to be wonderful, fascinating, interesting, creative. And what am I gonna do to make that happen?” – Karen Allen
Start By Accepting Responsibility
The first step to reinventing yourself is accepting that your current circumstances and situation resulted from choices you made and actions you did or did not take. All your past decisions have led you to this point. It’s easy to want to accept the joy and happiness in your life, but it’s much more difficult to accept the poor choices and mistakes willingly. But, until you do, you won’t be able to really change.
While other people and life’s challenges may have contributed to where you are currently, only you are responsible for your happiness and reactions to others.
If your life is not what you want, it is because of you. Why is this such an important step?
Without accepting full responsibility for your life, you cannot choose a new path and be successful in making meaningful change. Accepting responsibility is crucial for being fully self-aware, which is necessary to help you identify what changes you need in your life to reinvent yourself. Acceptance of this kind is the ultimate form of personal power, which is the source of your motivation and strength you will need to make the changes you seek.
To engage in acceptance, ask yourself…
➢ Do I acknowledge at this moment that who I am is all on me?
➢ Do I accept all the choices, both positive and negative, that have led me to today?
➢ Do I appreciate all that is unique and great about me?
➢ Am I ready to let go of the past and move forward to create a new future?
➢ Am I sure that I have full and total control of who I want to become?
➢ Am I ready to stop blaming others for myself and my situations and accept my personal power?
Only when you accept these possibilities and your responsibility in what has come before and what is ahead can you hope to reinvent yourself successfully.