What does it mean to reinvent yourself?
Most believe it must come from some kind of drastic behavioral change, that is not true.
Even small superficial changes can have long-reaching positive effects.
When you have a true reboot opportunity, there is no preconceived social identity to fight. You can be anything you think you can reasonably pull off.
For example, a makeover takes an afternoon, and once you are in new clothes and a new haircut, and navigate a first day at a new place with an uncomfortable “put on” personality, you grow into that personality like it’s a new pair of shoes.
Here’s 3 easy ways to reinvent yourself.
TRAVEL AND ADVENTURE
Imagine what experiencing different cultures will do for your psyche and personal development.
There is nothing more prominent than the sheltered and oblivious mindset inherent in the people of first world countries or developed urban cities.
Breaking those barriers and going out and experiencing the world is certainly the best way to open up your heart to not only different ways of life, but the individual struggles of underprivileged areas and families.
If this experiential journey doesn’t give you a newfound appreciation for life, then who knows what will. Seeing what the rest of the world has to offer or how other countries work create a much more well-rounded person. It turns you into someone who has seen and understands strife, has learned to love themselves and the differences of cultures, nationalities, and religions.
There is a positive intrinsic change in who you are as a person after seeing your fair share of the world.
Break out of your secluded shell of a world, get out there and experience nature, people, food, culture, and struggle. You may not achieve full Enlightenment (as the buddhists will say), but you will definitely become a far more enlightened person.
Life is all about perspective.
CHANGE YOUR PHYSICAL APPEARANCE
One of the easiest ways to reinvent yourself is to change a constant in your life. That constant can be your clothes, your make-up, your muscles, the way you talk, etc. Anything about your person or body that can be changed through altering habit.
The most common way we’ve noticed is changing your hair or your body.
A lot of people feel that their personalities tie directly with how they wear their hair. Different hair can mean a different persona – a whole new you (which could actually end up being the REAL you all along).
Blonde, brunette, short, long, shaved, mohawks, and mullets. Do what you’ve always wanted to do (although we strongly recommend against a mullet…)!
A person’s body image can also be a serious insecurity or hinderance in an individual’s life. Not socially, but personally.
Being too skinny, or too overweight, or too weak is only a perspective observation. Here at Koko we believe you should be happy no matter how you look, as long as you feel good and are living a healthy lifestyle!
Going to the gym, getting regular exercise, and eating right can have a drastic effect on who you become as a person. You can go from an Xbox junkie to mud run competitor in a matter of months, all you need is the drive and want to make a change.
The gym can inspire and give hope to people who have never been all too physical or athletic. It’s one of the biggest disposition adjusters at your disposal!
Change yourself physically, live differently, and watch how the new you flourishes.
Spirituality is not religion. It’s not a belief and it’s not learn through texts.
In general, it includes a sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves, and it typically involves a search for meaning in life. As such, it is a universal human experience—something that touches us all.
Amy R. Krentzman, MSW, PhD
Finding who you are in the universe, your place and what you are meant to accomplish has always been the never-ending quest of philosophers, religious leaders, free thinkers, authors, and poets.
The thing is that spiritual growth is an individualistic journey. You don’t need a deep-thinker to tell you who you are and what you’re meant for, that is for you to find out and you to own.
Meditation and yoga are good tools to use to calm your mind and become ‘at peace.’ It is said that this steady state of mind is the only way to really recognize who you are or to become one with the world and achieve true enlightenment (or ‘nirvana’).
However, not all soul searching is done as a buddhist monk. Becoming more spiritual or developing a spiritual life is open to interpretation. It can be as simple as switching from a 9-5 office job, to becoming a watercolor artist because that’s who you are and that’s what you life to do.
As long as what you are doing makes you a better and happier person, brings you closer to who you believe you truly are as a person, and helps you fin your place in the world.. then that thing can considered spiritual growth.
Maybe we’ll never know the meaning of life, but at least we can discover and grow with the things that have meaning in OUR OWN lives.
Reinventing yourself is not an easy thing to do. But, if you don’t like where or who you are, then something has to change. Everybody deserves to be happy and if you’re having trouble making a change then seek help.
Get a hairdresser friend to chop your hair, find a coach to help you get started on your fitness journey, or seek out a meditation class or a book to help you get started.
No matter what you do, new experience change who you are for the better. Never stop growing and never stop being yourself.
And, as always Stay Koko Strong!
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