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At this time of year many of us want to reinvent ourselves but we’re not always sure where to start. First, you need a good idea of where you’re starting. Reflect on your life and the changes that you’d like to make. Why do you want to reinvent yourself? What changes will have the biggest impact for you?
Reinvention starts in the mind. In order to make real change in your life you need to change the way you think. Do you have destructive thought patterns that need to be addressed? Would you benefit from thinking more positively? Do you suffer from anxiety in certain situations? Would you like to improve your self-esteem?
If you need some inspiration, here are the changes I often see benefit people.
Appearance – Your physical appearance can be a great starting point. A new hair style, clothes or smile can make a big difference to your outlook and self-esteem. If we feel good, our body language tends to improve and other people react positively to this.
Interactions – If you talk a lot try slowing down and listening. If you like to complain or gossip, try being more positive. You might be amazed by the reactions you get.
Health & Happiness – Exercise and group activity can make you feel happier and increase social interaction. Meditation gives time to reflect and relax and eating healthier has a multitude of benefits including improving your appearance and mood. Don’t forget to make sure you’re getting a good night’s sleep as well.
Self-Improvement – Reinvention is an ongoing process and we should never stop improving ourselves. Would you enjoy taking a new course or qualification? Can you learn a new skill, language or musical instrument? Would you like to travel more and talk to new people? Whatever you’re interested in, take a leap, get out there and do it. Try something new and broaden your horizons.
Work – Take a look at your work/life balance – does it need to shift? Would you like a change in direction, a new career or a promotion at work?
Environment – Would you like to move to a new place or into a new home? Maybe you’d like to change where you spend time or who you spend it with? Or maybe you’d like to renovate, decorate or even just de-clutter your home? New surroundings are a great first step to a new you.
Look Outwards – Sometimes we become bogged down with our own thoughts and behaviour. Looking outwards towards other people and their needs can lead to greater wellbeing and fulfilment for us. Could you try being a better friend or family member and concentrating on making other people happy? Could you join a charity, support or volunteer group? Or put more effort and passion into your relationships or your work?
Have a think about what changes you could make this year for a happier and healthier life. If you’d like help planning or achieving your goals I would be very happy to help.