Blog # 329

Reinventing Your Identity

The evolution of your identity is how everyone perceives you, it is built upon everything that can be referenced what you did, how you felt – were you wimpy or aggressive, active or passive, intelligent or average, daring or laidback?

You can always decide to redefine yourself. Think of the wondrous imagination that suffuses the heart and soul of every child. One day they are a professional basketball player. The next day an Olympic athlete winning the gold medal, and today, he’s Grandpa, his own real-life hero. Identity shifts can be among the most joyous, magical and liberating experiences of life.

Why do adults look forward Halloween or to New Orleans’s Mardi Gras? One reason, I’m sure, is these celebrations give us permission to step outside ourselves and assume an alter ego. We may do things in these new identities that we wouldn’t normally do; we may do things we want to do all the time but see as inconsistent with our identities. The reality is that we could do this any day of the year! We could completely redefine ourselves, or we could simply decide to let our “real selves” shine through.

Sometimes you may feel your identity isn’t everything you want it to be, it could be holding you back in your business dealings, your love life, your family life, you have the control to make it any way you so desire.

Let’s start this change by taking the following four steps to reinvent yourself:

  1. Make a list of all the elements of your identity you want to have.

Look at some of the people who have these characteristics you aspire to have. Can they serve as role models? Now imagine yourself with these new characteristics. How would you walk, talk, think etc.?

 

  1. If you’d truly like to expand your identity and your life, then right now, consciously decide who you want to be. Get excited, be like a kid again, and describe in detail who you’ve decided you are today. Write your description down now since it is fresh in your head.

 

        3 Now you must develop your plan of action you are going to take so you will find yourself living your new identity. When developing your plan consider who your      friends  are will they reinforce or destroy this new identity you’re creating?

         4.  The final step is to commit to your new identity by sharing it with everyone around you.

 Now you are on your way you have a better idea who you are. You must continue to refine your identity, expend it remember we are living in a dynamic world where our identities must continually expand in order to enjoy a greater quality of life.

You need to become aware of the things that may influence your identity, notice whether they are empowering or disempowering you, and take control of the whole process. Otherwise you become a prisoner of your own past.

I am curious: Are you now the same person you were when you started to read a few posts ago?

Here’s To Your Success,

Until next time!

Prosperously yours,

 Jerry

P.S. Remember The Buck $tarts Here


Jerry Scicchitano

Jerry Scicchitano is known for turning ideas into action. His concept paper, “The Entrepreneurial Mall,” was presented at the 20th Annual Entrepreneurship Education Forum, sponsored by the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Jerry is the author of Part Time Income Enterprise (Morgan James Publishing), and founding sponsor of the M.H.S Entrepreneur and Inventors Club. Jerry also sits on the board for two non-profits: The Every Child Deserves a Chance Foundation and Jesus – The Divine Mercy Foundation.
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