What does it mean to reinvent yourself? Though you might be quick to assume you need to scrap everything and start with a blank slate, I encourage you to pause and consider this: The best power of reinvention lies in leveraging everything you’ve ever done – the good, the bad, the ugly, the successes and failures. Reinvention literally taps into the very real (and often unappreciated and unarticulated) skills, insights and expertise you have gained along the way. So you don’t need to try to create a new personality from scratch to reinvent yourself.
Reinvention was the topic of the month on GrowthDay recently, and I loved it so much I want to share it with you on the Goal Digger Podcast. GrowthDay is an online group coaching platform featuring live sessions from some of the most incredible voices in the personal development space. We speak on topics like confidence, relationships, focus and productivity, and more.
Since I love giving Goal Diggers a sneak peek at everything I’m working on, I got the thumbs up to share this coaching session from the GrowthDay platform with you. So in this episode, we’re covering the concept of reinvention – what it means, how to visualize and identify the new evolving version of you, and aligning your priorities to truly step into the reinvented version of you.
It’s Not About Starting from Scratch
Reinvent literally means: to change the way you behave and the things that you do so people think of you as a different person. In an article about reinvention, Caren Merrick says: Here’s the thing about reinvention: Some believe it’s tossing out the “old” — your previous roles, experiences, and even work identity — and exchanging it for something completely new. That’s not true!
The best power of reinvention lies in leveraging everything you’ve ever done – the good, the bad, the ugly, the successes and failures. Reinvention literally taps into the very real (and often unappreciated and unarticulated) skills, insights and expertise you have gained along the way. So you don’t need to try to create a new personality from scratch to reinvent yourself.
We don’t necessarily have to discount or discredit or disassociate from everything that we’ve learned or been through. This is our opportunity and our invitation to use all of those things for good as we figure out who we want to become.
Honor Who You Are Becoming
One of the things that I’ve been thinking about so much is a lot of times when we think about our identities or when we think about how we want to reinvent ourselves, we almost become apologetic about it. If we are really going through life as students, which I believe we all are, this invitation to change and grow and evolve should be something that we welcome with open arms.
There are so many different versions of ourselves that we are always becoming. And it’s our job as a human being to acknowledge our growth. And to honor that evolution, it’s almost like we can wake up and say, I honor who you’re becoming. And I really liked this version of me. I literally say that to myself some days.
A past Goal Digger guest, Dr. Maya Shankar, introduced me to a concept of neuroscience called identity foreclosure. Essentially what identity foreclosure is, is that a lot of times we stay in things too long that we know are not maybe the right fit or are no longer serving us because we feel like we’ve already invested too much time.
Have you ever felt that way, where maybe you started a degree and all of a sudden you realize, wait, this isn’t what I wanted, but I’m already two years in and it would be a shame to throw that away? Or maybe you’re in a relationship and you have this feeling that this relationship isn’t the best fit for you, but that you need to move on and you’re not necessarily honoring that intuition because you’re worried that, oh my gosh, I’m going to have to start all over again?
Identity foreclosure is the exact reason why we hang on to things too long. And a lot of times, identity foreclosure in my opinion is coupled with ego. Together, they keep us stuck when we are really yearning for a change. It’s important to evaluate those things for yourself as you consider reinvention.
More from this Episode
Reinventing your life first starts with getting quiet enough with ourselves to see a new vision and really imagine what that identity will FEEL like beyond what it will look like. In this episode, I’ll share the visualization exercise that opened my eyes to how I truly wanted to live (versus how I was living), as well as a discussion of who and what you might have to set free as you become this new version of yourself.
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