5 Key Benefits of Reinventing Yourself

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What if after you spend some time re-evaluating your life or business, you decide that there are areas where you want to make significant changes?

Like a reinvention, perhaps? Reinventing yourself or your life?

We often make our way to the idea of reinvention after experiencing frustration and discontentment with our lives.

Sometimes there’s a sense of longing to do something different, to find a new way to live and to be. This kind of reinvention evolves from the human need to grow and to change. Change comes about because there has to be more to human existence than simply existing, and most people figure that out over time.

Sometimes though, in the early stages of reinventing yourself, you think about what benefits you might receive from building a new self.  At first, perhaps you just want to be free of a stale, confining, and suffocating way of life, but that might not seem enough.

Other than liberating yourself from a life with no change and no growth, what other particular benefits does reinvention offer? 

Main Benefits You May Encounter

1. You Learn to Face Fear—and Survive!

Fear is the first roadblock to personal change. It’s not that easy to change one’s self and life without giving up something you’ve already got. For example, leaving a job that you’re well-established in for a new career is terrifying. The evil little phrase “What if? What if?” becomes a constant companion in the early days. As you continue on in the process, you learn to still those fears. You learn how to go forward even if your plan is in constant development.

2. More Happiness, Less Frustration

Reinvention brings us closer to who we want to be or what we want to do, usually both. Living closer to our authentic selves gets rid of all the frustration caused by dissonance. Life becomes a happier place.

3. Increased Stress Tolerance

Deliberately reinventing ourselves brings some stress, there’s no way around it. However, as we use new tools to help us on our way, we learn to diffuse and dissipate.

4. Develop Improved Clarity

You gain a clear understanding of what you want in life, from yourself and others. You also get a lot of practice with honesty. After all, you have to be honest with yourself about things you want to keep going forward—and what you want to jettison. Sometimes this involves relationships. It’s easy to get stuck in friendships with negative energy-draining people who will deride your changes. If people put down your need to become a better, truer you, evaluate your relationship with a clear eye and consider if they’re worth bringing to the new you.

5. Develop Better Coping Skills

You get a bigger toolbox of coping and thriving skills. Reinvention is all about changing for the better. Getting there takes a lot of new skills. You’ll boost your coping techniques and your tolerance for uncertainty.

Other Perks from Reinventing Yourself

This fact may seem obvious, but once you go through the process of self-transformation for the first time, all future transformations become less scary. With fear removed, it’s easier to explore new options in life.

Of course, a huge benefit is a more authentic life that’s fulfilling to live. After all, that’s the first purpose of going through the transformative process. Perhaps more importantly, you learn how to be adaptable in the face of new challenges and that is a life skill that is useful in many ways.

You learn how to cope with new problems and new situations. Once you’ve been through one reinvention cycle, you’ll be ready to do it again when you feel the need.

You may never decide to reinvent yourself again, but that’s a matter of choice. You’ll know how to do it the next time if necessary. That’s a life-changing benefit all on its own!

Loving Life–The Reboot!

Dominique

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  1. Shannon

    Thank you so much for sharing your blog. I struggle with some of these and now I’m excited to start taking on these challenges little by little!

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  2. azirtak

    For the New Year I would definitely like to reinvent myself! If there’s one thing that has been defining the last few years of my life is FEAR! I’m hoping to work on that so that I can have more clarity for this year.

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      Dominique

      It’s great that you want to work on that this year. Even making that decision is a huge step. I wish you much success on your journey — check back and let us know how things are going!

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      Dominique

      Thank you! Our reinventing strategies are everchanging — what you may need at one point in life may not be same at another time. For me, it’s actually pretty interesting to me to look at how I have had to reinvent myself at different times. Have a lovely day!

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  3. Latte Lindsay

    I think that a lot of women will be reinventing themselves in 2019 after every time that has happened with the MeToo movement and bringing equality back to the table. There are definitely benefits to reinventing yourself and you have hit them all on the head 🙂

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      Dominique

      This is so very true. Society is changing so much that we do have to make some changes to keep up. There’s definitely a different mindset afoot behind the MeToo movement and the quest for equality. Reinvention is a necessity! Thank you for reading! Have a great day!

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  4. Sam

    This is really great info. I think that sometimes we don’t realize how much of a reinvention we’ve undergone until we’re through it. I agree that reinventing yourself gets easier once you’ve been through it once.

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  5. Sarah Meh

    It’s a good topic and ‘reinventing ourselves’ is what we should all take seriously. Overcoming our fears and coping stress are vital keys to personal growth.

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  6. Joanna

    I think that we should always work to improve ourselves and find new ways to help us achieve our goals. Being happy is one of them, and when we are truly happy with ourselves, then everything else can follow.

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  7. Catherine Santiago Jose

    This is such an amazing post and motivate individual having thru bad times. I just love reading article about encouragement and changing one self for the better not just for himself/herself but also to people surrounds him/her. Thank you for this incredible post.

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  8. Sandra

    Taking the next step in our lives, particularly in our careers, can really be nerve wracking but the only way for us to really test ouselves and know our limits and even go beyond our limits is to JUST DO IT. I find this blog really helpful, as I’m currently having this transition stage in life. This year will be about me getting to be employed and taking the next big jump in my career as a physician! Residency can be quite overwhelming. The thought of finding your way to your “niche” is really getting in me, but I guess the best thing I gotta do is just jump and do things my way! Pray, and have the courage and live the moment!

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      Dominique

      I remember commenting on one of your posts! I have been where you are as I am an ophthalmologist by training! This next step for you is going to be huge and will require some reinvention as your responsibilities change with the stage of career. You will do great — just keep moving forward!

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  9. Danielle

    Sometimes reinventing yourself can be so refreshing and relieving! I love trying to make myself the best possible version that I can be as well.

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  10. Casey

    I love your post… sometimes I think we do way too much and I feel we need to live in a more quality way and do less…

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