As a leader in your field, it is likely that you will be called to reinvent yourself a number of times throughout the life of your career and personal life; it’s an inevitable change that comes with the job.
A leader is ahead of the game, so this invariably involves changing and updating our knowledge, skills and approach.
Sometimes though you’ll feel compelled to make a more radical or fundamental change, which alters the whole core of your identity. This is when you reinvent yourself.
Having great personal leadership skills means that you are open and attuned to the need for personal reinvention and are ready and willing to embrace the change when the reasons to do so stack up.
What does reinventing yourself look like?
The dictionary defines reinventing oneself as ‘taking up a radically new job or way of life’ and to make something ‘entirely new’. So it’s not just a minor alteration, upgrade or mindset shift, it is a radical one.
Reinventing yourself can take many forms. It could be a health and aesthetics reinvention – maybe a decision to get fit and change the way you dress and look.
It could be a radical update in current skills and knowledge or embarking on a completely different learning and skills programme in an area that’s new to you.
It could involve you ditching your current job and taking up a new one or starting a business.
It could mean letting go of the reigns in your business – working less and outsourcing more.
Or it could mean a whole paradigm shift in your core values, morals, principles and vision.
Whatever form it takes, reinventing yourself may not necessary be obvious to the outside world, at first at least, but it will represent a complete 360 degree shift in some major area of your life, with the aim of improvement.
Why would I need to reinvent myself?
There are many reasons why you would want or need to. The main reason would be that you become increasingly aware of dissatisfaction or a sense of restlessness or fruitless results from the ways you are doing things currently.
In our society, we are often pushed early on in our lives by well meaning parents, school teachers and bosses to take a certain career path or role and at some point you may just realise that this is not what you are happy or best at doing.
Or perhaps you fell into a current role or way of doing things because it seemed most financially viable or appealing and this no longer is a priority for you.
Or maybe you just need a new challenge or change of scenery.
All are valid reasons for reinventing yourself and there are hundreds of other perfectly valid reasons why you’d want to. The key thing to be attuned to is your desire for something more or different, that is not an impulsive whim but a recurring, deep-rooted and inspired desire for the change.