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Reinventing yourself: 10 steps you don't want to miss

By Bernice Ansah
Reinventing yourself: 10 steps you don't want to miss
Reinventing yourself: 10 steps you don't want to miss
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Reinvention is an art and a process. It is not a “quick fix” or an “overnight solution.”

It is a deliberate practice, day in and day out, until you realize who it is you want to be, you already were all along.
Whenever you find something about yourself you want to change, you need to look for a way to reinvent it.
Remember, humans are not meant to stop growing. Here are 10 steps to kick-start the reinvention journey.

1. See yourself outside yourself
Imagine you are a sculptor.
A sculptor looks at his or her piece of stone and endlessly questions new ways to shape it. And if he or she thinks of something to change, there is no emotional attachment.
This is how you need to see yourself — as a work of art, always in progress. No need to get upset, or come down hard on yourself when you see something you do not like.
Instead, like an artist, just get to work.

2. Control the "controllables"
Spend most or all of your time focusing on what you CAN control ( health/wellness, inner circle, social media time etc).

3. Do things daily that elevate your mood
Exercise, listening to podcasts, spend time with good people, get outside, embrace gratitude, have a good laugh, eat your favorite dish

4. Lose the victim mindset and accept your mistakes
Take full responsibility and accountability for the choices that you make and accept that no one is coming to save you. Remind yourself that if you are living today, you have gotten through every other challenge life has thrown at you.

5. Focus on little wins and small changes
Many people try to make massive changes overnight only to fall flat on their face soon after. If you are someone who just got a massive health wake up call, don’t try to do it all at once. Take things one day at a time and celebrate your little successes.

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6. Embrace discomfort
It’s uncomfortable to face your fears and do what’s necessary to get better during hard times. But, you know what else is uncomfortable? Spending time, months or years later, regretting the fact that you didn’t do the right thing or that you quit on yourself when things got tough.

7. Develop an attitude of gratitude
Focus on how far you have come and not how far you have to go!. Celebrate the GOOD in your life versus solely looking at what’s bad. Embrace the things that you DO HAVE instead of looking at everything you DON’T. Gratitude is everything.

8. Get introspective
So much growth happens when you are able to find the silver lining in setbacks. This could be lessons learned, wisdom gained, moments of clarity or the wake up call that you needed. Make a pen and paper your best friend and journal your thoughts and feelings during the process.

9. Take risks
You will never become the person you want to be by continuing to be the person you currently are. Growth’s only request is that you step out of your comfort zone. That’s it. And unless you are willing to take that risk, to take that uncomfortable leap into the unknown, you will forever stay exactly where you are.

10. Prioritize your tasks
Reinventing yourself doesn’t happen overnight. It is hard work that takes dedication and patience. To make the transformation run more smoothly, you should dedicate at least one hour per day towards achieving your goals. That means that you need to prioritize your goals and tasks by creating to-do-lists and time management tools so that you get the most out of your team so that you can focus on reinventing yourself.