So far for me 2015 has been all about living my best life – developing a strategy for personal success, examining the concept of personal mastery, and, more recently exploring the idea of personal reinvention.
One only has to look at figures in the media to see how powerful the concept of reinvention can be. As one of the biggest pop stars in the world, Madonna has reinvented her image countless times in order to stay relevant. It’s a strategy that’s worked phenomenally well for her, and one that we can mirror ourselves in order to keep growing, evolving and succeeding in life.
It’s a notion that I’ve become more and more drawn to lately – this belief that we have it within ourselves to reinvent who we are, in order to achieve goals we never thought possible. Billionaire Brooks Smith once said to me, “Grant, I became a success by reinventing myself every couple of years”, and it’s a piece of advice that has stuck with me since.
This year, however, I’ve become determined to do more than think about it – I’ve resolved to act on it too. And with that in mind I’ve set about devising my own formula for successful reinvention:
1. Recognise or become aware of what needs to change
It’s no good reinventing yourself if you don’t know who you are to begin with. That’s why self-examination is key to the process of reinvention. Start by assessing who you are, where you are in life, and what specifically you want to change about yourself, or your circumstances. Having this awareness in place will help give you the solid foundation you need in order to build your better self.
2. Change your belief
You’ve no doubt heard the saying, “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right”. Self-belief is a powerful thing, and a guiding force in determining your success or failure in life. In order to successfully reinvent yourself, you first have to BELIEVE you can change. The more you’re able to fully embrace your own potential for self-improvement, the easier it will be to manifest lasting, positive change.
3. Chunk, understand, relate
Often we’re hesitant to action changes in our lives simply because doing so seems completely overwhelming. Either we’re too focused on the minutiae of the task, or it seems too big to be achievable. Here’s where the process of chunking can be hugely valuable.
If you’re too detail-oriented, take a step back and look at the bigger picture – chunk up. If the sheer size of what you want to achieve seems too vast to contemplate, break it down into smaller, more manageable pieces – chunk down. By chunking up or down where necessary, you’ll be able to more fully understand what it is you’re doing, and why, and relate it to other areas of your life. In this way, the change you’re making will evolve from being something that worries and scares you, to something that excites and motivates you, inspiring the passion and determination you need to achieve your desired outcome.
4. Establish a new habit
The comfort zone is no place for you – not if you’re focused on reinventing yourself. That’s why along with the process of reinvention comes the creation of new, positive and constructive habits, in line with the outcome you want to achieve. If you want to run a marathon, wake up half an hour earlier to train. If you want to be more confident – practice speaking up. If you want to buy a new house – save money towards it every month. Because if you want to reinvent yourself, making space for new, fresh, dynamic energies in your life is the only way to leave old and static influences behind.
5. Reinforce and reinvent.
What is the best way to establish a new behaviour in your life? By constantly reinforcing it so that it becomes second nature – and ultimately, the reinvention you first set out to achieve. Practice, practice, practice, and soon you’ll make perfect. But don’t leave your reinvention there. The dreams you have today may not be the dreams you’ll have in three or five years’ time. There will always be something new to strive for, something different to achieve – and reinventing yourself again and again is the most direct route to success. C.S. Lewis once said, “You’re never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream” – and by constantly reaching for the stars, and reinventing yourself to get there, you’ll discover that your potential for success has no limits.