If you could write a letter to your younger self, what would you say? What insights and lessons would you give yourself to make the journey to now even better? What about a letter to your future self? What impact and transformation will you have made in five, ten, twenty years from now? How will you celebrate your achievements? The gap between the past and the future is what you do NOW…
This is where most people get stuck.
You know where you want to go, the person you want and need to be – but how will you get there?
Think of the most successful person you know (maybe they’re a friend in your head). What qualities do they possess that you admire? What makes them different from you?
I would say that it comes down to a sense of purpose. And it’s not by chance that they’ve found it.
Successful people put in the work to become who they want to be.
While there’s no magic pill to success, I strongly believe that there is a formula for success.
Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.
– Earl Nightingale
The first thing you must do is know who you are (Self Awareness). Next, you must have in mind where you want to go (Goals). Finally, you must establish a plan to get there (Roadmap).
Self Awareness + Goals + Road map = Key to Success
When you are feeling stuck in your life – unsure of your purpose – it is often because one or more of these factors are missing.
Most often, the factor missing is Self Awareness.
There are common qualities that most successful people will tell you are necessary.
12 Qualities Needed to Reinvent Yourself…Even When You’re Confused About Who You Were to Begin With
- Responsibility – being the primary cause of something and so able to be blamed or credited for it.
- Adaptability – able to adjust to new conditions
- Perseverance – persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.
- Emotional Intelligence – the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically
- Self Awareness – conscious knowledge of one’s own character, feelings, motives, and desires.
- Imagination – the faculty or action of forming new ideas, or images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses; the ability of the mind to be creative or resourceful
- Motivation – the general desire or willingness of someone to do something
- Confidence – a feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities
- Optimism – hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something.
- Persuasiveness – good at persuading someone to do or believe something through reasoning or the use of temptation
- Growth Mindset – the belief that you can improve intelligence, ability and performance.
- Resiliency– able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions
I can tell you from experience that while you may find cultivating some of these qualities to be effortless others will challenge you to stretch your comfort zone.
That’s the beautiful thing about reinventing yourself – you get to choose who you want to be.
So, the only question that remains is…WHEN?
The sooner you begin to develop each of these qualities, the more you will be motivated to reach your goal.