At a certain point in life, you get this weird urge to start anew. And that’s when you start to think about how to reinvent yourself.
Reinvention isn’t a new term to us.
We have the same urge whenever we go through a tough breakup, we lose a job, or some major changes occur in our lives.
Things like these can shake you at your core and it’s really not fun to drag your old self into this new life you are trying to create.
Certain areas of your life need change and you know it. They need to change for you to continue living without repeating the past.
What better time to reinvent yourself than right now that we are at the beginning of a new year?
Many people who are afraid of change won’t take this path. It is a journey of finding your authentic self.
You want to be a new person – you want to keep what you like about yourself but also change so much.
Your process of reinvention will aid your self-confidence, even though you may think it unlikely.
That’s why you shouldn’t fear change! You should embrace it even when tough times turn up.
Even when people around you may tell you that you’re crazy for doing all of this, you have to remember that you’re working on yourself and your own personal life.
Just because someone else is scared of change, doesn’t mean that it won’t bring about something good.
How to reinvent yourself
Taking small steps toward reinventing yourself is still self-improvement.
My story is that life was never nice to me and at one point I realized that I truly did have control over it.
What I had to do was to reinvent myself to become the best version of myself.
There is so much we can change while still staying loyal to our authenticity.
You can reinvent your personality, your physical appearance, and everything else just enough to stay yourself yet still turn into someone better.
Treat this as your own little metamorphosis of sorts. You’re at a new beginning and whatever drove you here happened for a reason.
You don’t have a set timeline.
Wherever you are in your life right now and at whatever age you’re at, it doesn’t change the fact that you can start from zero.
If you want to know and understand how to reinvent yourself, this is the perfect place to start.
Here’s a long list of little tips and tricks you can follow to become a better version of yourself.
No one is asking you to change into someone you’re not. This will only be a slow process of bettering yourself.
Don’t let the world discourage you. This is your time to shine.
1. Realize why you want to reinvent yourself
Get out a pen and some paper. Write down a list of all the reasons you want to reinvent yourself.
Did you just go through a painful breakup and now you want to rebuild your own confidence?
Is it because you just lost your job and you want to apply for a new position?
Is it simply because you want to get yourself out there a little bit more?
If you are very introverted and shy, you might just want to get to know new people. To do so, you need a little bit of a reinvention.
Because of that, you need to make a list of reasons why you want to go through this.
This list will help and motivate you, and serves as a constant reminder at hand. Pin it to your wall or make a phone wallpaper out of it.
They say that it takes 21 days to start a new habit, so at least for these 21 days, don’t lose sight of your list of reasons.
This will keep you moving forward.
You are probably tired of hearing about how important it is to journal. But it is really is necessary.
Your mind is cluttered with so much unnecessary stuff that you’re almost always utterly overwhelmed.
Those thoughts make you anxious and perhaps even bed-bound, even when you know that you’re fully rested.
Journaling will help you figure out what you want to do to reinvent yourself.
When you’re feeling stuck, journaling is your best bet at getting back on track.
You can sort out all of your thoughts and remember why you’re doing this.
3. Make a list of things you want to change
You don’t have to go too much into detail about the things that you want to reinvent about yourself.
But it is important to separate them into groups. This will be work especially well if you do it at the very beginning of the year.
Make little groups/categories: finances, physical appearance, knowledge, emotional state. You can put anything you want into these categories.
Make sure to involve your loved ones in this equation, because maintaining your relationships and even reconnecting with important people is part of reinventing yourself.
You can make a special category for your friends, family, and/or romantic relationship. And I’m sure you want to work on your social skills too.
4. Make a vision board
Creating a vision board for yourself can be a little time-intensive.
It takes a lot of introspection and self-discovery to determine what you want to reinvent about yourself.
Because of this, start up your vision board slowly.
Now that you have a list of things that you want to work on, go to Pinterest and look up things that inspire you.
We create vision boards to always remind us of all the different things we want to achieve.
You can even make an aesthetic collage and put it as your lock-screen.
But your vision board should contain reminders of the things that popped up in your head when you thought about how to reinvent yourself.
The hair you want, the outfits that you want to try, meal ideas, words that bring you joy, color schemes that you want to have define you, and so on.
Only you can make your personalized vision board. You can’t really just order one done by someone else.
This will not only kickstart your journey of reinvention, but it’ll also be a constant motivator.
Don’t be afraid to put highly personal goals onto your vision board. It’s your own little safe space where dreams come true. Never forget that.
5. Wake up early
I know that this must be the millionth time you heard this, but the most successful people in this world have their own little morning routine.
Spoiler alert: Their mornings start quite early.
That’s because reinventing yourself is a long process. You can’t sleep in until noon and then expect something about your life to change.
You have to actively work on yourself, so if this means getting up earlier to start your day off and be productive, so be it!
Another thing you should try is creating your own, personal, morning routine. But remember, the same things don’t work for everyone.
For example, there are people out there who get out of bed and go for a run, while I can’t start my day without a mega coffee first thing in the morning.
You might be like me and need your comfort zone in the morning. Maybe you want to read a book and drink your tea.
Do your skincare routine and then clean up your house. Or you might want to do a workout and then grab a shower?
Whatever it is, mornings should prepare your mind and body for the rest of your day. This is truly the best thing you can do to reinvent yourself.
6. Get out of your comfort zone
This doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to find a new career.
A career change isn’t the only thing that shows you’ve gotten out of your comfort zone.
It’s always about the small things.
Is there something you always wanted to try but were simply too afraid?
Maybe you always wanted to start your own podcast or become a blogger, but you were too scared of what others might think?
There is really nothing that can go wrong.
You don’t have to consider whatever you’re doing your new job, it’s just your new path.
There is a saying that goes “The comfort zone is a nice place, but nothing ever grows there.
” I don’t know who the author is, but I sure as hell know that it’s the truth.
When you’re considering how to reinvent yourself, there is always that fear attached to it – you have to leave a part of yourself behind.
However, you are exchanging that part for something much better.
That’s exactly what it means to get out of your own comfort zone. For you to find your full potential, you need to get out there more.
7. Get a mentor
There must be something out there that interests you but you’ve never had access to education or training regarding that certain topic.
Your mentor may be a life coach, programming tutor, makeup professional, or astrologer.
Clearly, your mentor can be anyone that can teach you about something you’re interested in.
When you set your reinvention goals, don’t forget to add this one.
I know that it seems like a lot, but you’ll be extremely grateful when you find yourself a mentor.
We’re not born with all the knowledge of this world, so having someone to show us the path we need to follow is helpful.
8. Read more books
Not everyone likes to read books, but they’re a hidden realm of knowledge that can help you reinvent yourself.
There are so many genres of books that you’re bound to find something you’ll enjoy.
From fantasy, fiction, non-fiction, sci-fi, and many self-help books, you can’t really tell me that you don’t like any of them.
It’s fortunate that we live in a world where there are audio-books as well.
You can download them and listen to books on your way to work or the market. Whatever option you choose, just don’t skip out on reading.
It expands your mind and you may find things and tips that will help you on your journey.
Books are your best friend when you’re learning how to reinvent yourself.
9. Manage your finances
Reinventing yourself isn’t really cheap and it sure as hell isn’t free. Because of that, you need to manage your finances better.
For example, if you want to make a career shift, you may need to take extra courses or even go back to college.
If you want to reinvent yourself physically, you will need to invest in some new clothes and a fresh haircut.
These things don’t come cheap. That’s why you have to put aside money for “rainy days” like these.
For example, try to save up around 20% of your monthly salary.
Put that money aside as your “reinvention savings” and don’t look at it unless you really need it to work on yourself.
Having that money will not only assure you have enough to pay the bills when times get tough, but you will have that money to spend on your own remaking.
Those things are crucial if you really want to make sure that there won’t be any bumps on the road to your new self.
10. Get a small makeover
I know that we’re over the “ugly duckling” trend.
In movies, we see all these women go through extreme makeovers simply to be more qualified for a job.
What does that tell us? That our brains don’t matter? Exactly. That’s so far from the truth.
However, I’m here to tell you that you should get a small makeover to make yourself feel better.
What do you need to do to feel more confident in your own skin? Do you want to get a haircut?
Do you want to get yourself a new outfit or two? A mani-pedi?
These things don’t have to be for the male gaze, but rather for your own confidence.
If these minor changes are going to help you become the person you always wanted to be, then go for it!
When you’re thinking about how to reinvent yourself, it doesn’t always have to be something complicated.
Sometimes, it’s as easy as buying a new pair of shoes.
11. Clear out physical clutter
When you sit down with yourself and go through the list you’ve made on how to reinvent yourself, don’t forget to add clearing out your physical space.
When we live in a cluttered space, our mind is cluttered as well. There’s no benefit to having heaps of clothes that you’re not wearing anyway.
Also, when was the last time you cleaned out your makeup?
There are probably many foundation bottles and eye-shadow pallets that have expired.
Don’t let yourself hold on to the old version of yourself.
Get rid of all the things that don’t spark joy anymore. Get rid of everything that makes you feel stuck.
If you’ve decided to take on this journey after an excruciating breakup, stop holding on to the things that you’ve gotten from him and throw them away.
Put all of it into a big trash bag and throw it out or give it away. You don’t need that type of burden in your life anymore.
What you need now is space for your new self. And you won’t be able to fit her into your life unless you really declutter your space.
Also, always remember that just because something was a gift doesn’t mean that you have to keep it.
It might be a precious memory, but if it doesn’t serve you anymore, there’s no point in keeping it.
You might as well donate most of the stuff that you don’t need.
This way you are also doing something good for people who probably aren’t as well-standing as you are.
You are reinventing yourself – this is your perfect chance to help someone in need.
12. Get up and move
Just because you can still walk up the stairs to your apartment doesn’t mean you’ll be able to do it in two years.
If that’s your only exercise, it’s time to change that.
In my opinion, reinventing yourself also means being healthy.
We are too often victims to the system that doesn’t promote a healthy lifestyle enough.
That’s why we end up curled up on our couch watching Netflix for hours.
Now, nobody is telling you that you can’t enjoy your TV shows.
All I’m saying is to find the right balance between binge-watching and moving your body.
You won’t be able to do things in your life if your body gives up on you before you’re ready for it.
Make a weekly exercise plan that you know you’ll be sure to follow. Here it’s also extremely important for you to find something you enjoy.
No one is telling you to go out and run a marathon or climb Mount Everest. Find something that will make you feel happy and productive.
Be it Pilates, Zumba, yoga, running, or weight training, that’s up to you. Just move your body. You will love yourself for it.
13. Take it slow
You can’t expect to see results overnight. No big changes happen just like that.
How to reinvent yourself? Give yourself time.
You don’t have to start working out the same day you make a vision board and go to the hair salon. That’s madness.
You’ll burn out and not have any strength or motivation to continue working on yourself.
It’s extremely important to take things slow and steady. One thing at a time.
You can make a timeline for yourself, but make it practical enough to follow through with it.
Don’t just throw everything you want and need to change into one week. That won’t work.
You need time and patience.
Especially if you’re looking for a new job, because you can’t really expect the company of your dreams to align with your schedule perfectly.
They need time too.
Don’t rush anything. Work on yourself and take all the time you need.
14. Accept failure
Things won’t always go your way.
Maybe that mentor you wanted to hire is booked and you have to find someone new.
Maybe you won’t set your running record as soon as you wanted to.
Many things can go wrong. How many times did you apply for a position just to be turned down or put on the waiting list?
Reinventing yourself means that you will have to face failure more times than not.
This is new territory for you. Everything you’re trying to achieve is so close yet so far.
But don’t let failure put you down and make you walk away from your journey.
You need to be able to work on yourself while also knowing that you’re good enough even when someone turns you down.
There’s nothing wrong with crying over your ex even though you got a new haircut. You can’t wish the past away with these little things.
Failure is inevitable, as terrible as that sounds. You want to believe that everything will go smoothly, but there are many bumps on the road.
Just always remember why you started, keep your eye on the prize, and minor inconveniences will be just that – minor and insignificant.
Before you even start your journey of reinventing yourself, just know that you can be whoever you want to.
There are no limits. There’s no gatekeeping for authenticity.
You can go through your day and incorporate small, subtle changes into your routine that will make sure you’re becoming the person you’ve always wanted to be.
No one can tell you what you can and can’t do.
Go out and find what you need to be a better you.
Get that job you’ve always wanted, be independent, get over that toxic relationship that made you lose your self-confidence.
You deserve all the happiness that the world has in store for you, so don’t forget to reach for it.
Reinvent yourself and start being the best version of yourself!