🌼5 Actions to Reinvent Yourself in One Year [Practically]
I’ve used all these strategies.
I’m going to cut to the chase — I’m sharing all these strategies because I’ve used them on myself.
I went from doing a boring 9–5 to being a writer and then a creative entrepreneur. It’s only been 15 months since I’m self-employed.
These tips aren’t flowery “believe in yourself” kinds (even though that’s essential too), but quick actionable tips you can start right after you read this.
Let’s dive in.
1. Choose to Live With Intention
You have to make this choice before we proceed.
You see, you cannot half-ass your way into these things. You cannot half-ass your way into changing your life.
That’s a big deal.
So take some time out and figure out what’s making you feel misaligned. After you write that down, see how far you’re away from your version of an ideal life.
And then, consciously have the intention to change it. Tell yourself it’s time to turn everything around.
What intention means to you can be subjective. This is the beauty of it — we’re not here to follow pre-made templates of happiness or success.
2. Create This Winning Routine
Introduce a routine of self-reflection to your life. I only do it for 5 minutes per week. That isn’t too time-consuming, is it?
Every week, I answer:
What went well this week?
What were my challenges? How did I deal with them?
My goals for the week ahead of me.
This helps me look at my week objectively so I can strategise things and align them.
If you don’t take out five minutes to reflect, you lose an amazing opportunity to zoom out and see if you’ve deviated from your path and hop back quickly.
3. Work to Find Your Ikigai
The happiest people are not the ones who achieve the most. They are the ones who spend more time than others in a state of flow. — Hector Garcia Puigcerver
Ikigai is a Japanese philosophy about happiness.
According to this philosophy, find the following elements to get closer to your ikigai:
what you love
what the world needs
what you can be paid for
In another article I wrote 6 months ago about finding my ikigai, I answered these questions:
What you love: writing
What the world needs: knowledge and value that helps them elevate their life
What you can be paid for: my products, course, services
Your strengths: consistency
Mission: help others live healthier & happier; improve writers and creators
Profession: creative entrepreneurship
Vocation: add value to people’s lives
4. Find Your Models
Most people who ask questions can be lazy.
The answers to most questions are already available on the internet. But people waste their energy trying to pester people to answer them and feel sad about not receiving a response.
What a waste of energy when YouTube and Google are at your fingertips.
Who do you want to be like?
Note down 3–5 names. Even if you don’t entirely want to be like them, but somewhat want to have their success.
Now, study them. Read about their challenges, methods, and how they did what they’re doing. Then, apply their strategies to your journey and see how it goes.
With time, you’ll be able to segregate by picking elements from various people’s strategies, doing your own thing, and carving a path with this mix.
5. Give it 100 Days
Before you ask me, 100 days is not enough to get any results.
If you plan to start a side business, 3 months and ten days is nothing. It takes years to build something extraordinary
But 100 days is enough to figure out if you enjoy whatever new thing you’ve picked up.
Say you picked up a habit of waking up at 5 am. By the end of this, you’ll figure out if this habit is sustainable for you, or if it’s leaving you sleep-deprived
If you start a new skill, you’ll realise if it’s fun enough for you to keep learning even when you don’t see an outcome or if it’s just flat uninspiring.
I say that because I tried learning how to code and I was terrible at it. I did it because I thought it’ll help me earn well.
Clearly, I was far away from aligning my actions to my ikigai.
Here are five actions that can help you reinvent yourself in a year. Want an extra pro tip? Start today. Don’t wait for a new year or some milestone to start.
The clock is ticking. So start as soon as you can.
Here are the five actions we discussed:
Choose to live with intention
Introduce a self-reflection routine
Find your ikigai
Find your models
Give it 100 days
I hope this helps you just as it helped me improve my life. All the best!
CONTRIBUTED BY Niharikaa Kaur Sodhi
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