Reinvent Yourself – Grow Yourself!

Are You Changing? Or - are you the same you were last year?

I am dating myself, but the masters of this were Madonna….and Cher.  (I thought Prince would also be one of those people, but…thankfully, he wasn’t and just disappeared after he tried to be “The Artist formerly known as Prince”!)

Both Madonna and Cher would continue over a long career to reinvent themselves and that is what kept them relevant in an industry where people and acts have very short careers at the forefront of the public eye…like Justin Bieber (might be on a comeback?), or the boy bands.

Reinvent Yourself

OH – so you are not Madonna and not in a boy band?

GOOD – whew!  So glad to hear that!

BUT…..you are you and if you own your own business, are in sales & marketing, lead a group, or have a family – YOU need to keep reinventing yourself.

Staying relevant is a must in order to stay on the cutting edge of leadership and for people to keep trusting and believing in you.

Have you ever looked at someone and just thought, “Man – they are stuck…in the 70’s!”.  What I am going to talk about here, is all about GROWTH.  Whether you lead your family, lead a Sunday School class, a work group, kids sports team, or your business, you need to really think about how people perceive you.

SEVEN KEYS  to re-evaluate where you are and where you can make changes:

  1. People are getting used to you.  The familiarity people have with you will eventually be your downfall…(YES – I  know…relationships are key – but that is a little different).  When people begin to feel that comfort level with you – the excitement and “mysteriousness” of you wears off and you lose a little “punch” in your relationship with them.  Keep it fresh.
  2. You are in a rut.  Be honest now…we ALL get in ruts: in the way we dress, the way we do our hair (or, in my case – the lack thereof), our facial hair, our eyeglasses, etc.  Guys – change your facial hair – either grow some or shave it off (make a major change with it) – and NOTICE that people will actually look at you differently!  Ladies – (these are just ideas, now…so don’t get antsy with me!) – change your hair color or hair style…and people will notice.  Now a lot of the time, people may not actually KNOW what is different about you, but they are thinking, “Man, Joe or Jane looks different…clean, fresh, bright…I can’t actually pinpoint it, but he/she looks good today!”.  Change it up and gain a fresh glow!
  3. Changes show you have confidence.  People seem to respect those who show a higher level of self-confidence.  They attract people to them.  A certain charisma is associated with people who don’t remain the same from year to year.
  4. Little changes in direction keep you on the right course over the long run.  This means that you have to have a BIG PICTURE plan for yourself.  You have to have a crystal clear picture of where you are going.  Just like a ship has a final destination, very small changes in its course can land it miles from its final destination.  You need to have regular times where you do self-evaluation to be able to determine where you are currently and make necessary changes to keep you on course to make your final goal a reality.
  5. You should be changing.  You should be growing personally.  With this growth, changes are inevitable and should be incorporated in to your persona and daily life.  If you are growing, YOU WILL NOT BE THE SAME PERSON YOU WERE LAST YEAR.  If you are not changing, you are going backwards and not growing.  You do not grow just by getting older!

Consistency

Questions you should ask yourself:

  • Am I growing personally?  My favorite author is John Maxwell.  He is a HUGE proponent of personal growth.  You NEED to have a plan for your personal growth.  You need to have this plan written down.  THINK about it…intentionally execute this plan…every day!  See my Previous Post:  Rock Your Personal Growth Plan. and download my free ebook: 5 Ways to Finally Break Through by re-entering your email on the front page of this blog.
    • BONUS:  Growth Setters will never be satisfied!  Why?  Because we can and always have more growth available – we will never “arrive”.
      • Goal Setters – become satisfied.  Let that soak in…
  • Are my closest friends growing?  If those you spend the most time with are not growing, they are holding you back.  (This can and should include your spouse, if you have one.)  Some success motivators will advise you to either dump them (not your spouse!) or quit spending so much time with those people.  I, on the other hand, seem to view this a little more graciously, and would suggest that you should be an intentional catalyst in their life to help them grow – mentor them along.  Be an example.  BUT – pursue other new relationships with those that have a passion for personal growth and can help be a catalyst for you.
  • Do I have a master plan for where I want to be next year?  In 5 years?  In 10 years?  Remember the ship analogy…you NEED to know where you are going and have a plan.  What are your main goals?  What do you want to accomplish?  You should have short term goals and long term goals.  Most importantly – you need to develop a personal growth plan that include little things that you do everyday to produce a little growth every day.  (Again – see my free ebook.)
  • Do I regularly review myself and plan?  This could be as simple as daily review of your daily, weekly, monthly, and annual goals.  If you do not regularly think about where you are and plan, you will go nowhere.  You will be in the same place you are now a year from now.
  • Do I think about what kind of person I want to be?  I call this “personal planning”.  As you consider your master plan, what type of person will you be?  Do you imagine what type of person you want to be?  I don’t care who you are or what you do, we all have those areas in our personal life that we really want to change and improve upon.  You need to have a plan for making those changes, too.

Reinvent Yourself

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The KEY to all of this is realizing that we do not need to make massive changes all at once.  The thing that you need to realize is that slow consistency in executing your plan for personal growth over time produces lasting change!   Click to Tweet This!

What I need from you:

  1. SIT DOWN right now and start writing down your answers to the questions above.
  2. Read: Rock Your Personal Growth Plan
  3. Download my free ebook:  5 Ways to Finally Break Through.

Now – What have you learned?

What are you going to do about it?

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