01 March 2010

How To Reinvent Yourself

Ever gotten bored with your image and wanted to be someone new? Ever wanted to change your style, your hair, your crowd, and just overall your life? People in fashion are constantly trading in their style and image for more appealing and cutting-edge ones. If you don't believe us, take a look at Rihanna's hair length over the span of 2009. But reinventing yourself can often be a positive experience and will allow you to find new interests, take new risks, go new places, and wear new things. It's all about who you want to be and how you plan to get there. So we're breaking down some steps to help you achieve that inner glam goddess or urban gentleman you've always wanted to be but didn't know how to become.

  1. Determination. Think of yourself as the author of a book. Your imagination is the pen and you are the pages. If you could imagine the perfect protagonist, who would they be? What would their interests be? What would their personality be like? How would they dress? What types of places would they hang out at? Once you've determined these things, you've already created the framework for your new self.
  2. Walk a mile in someone else's shoes. Look for activities, parties, or jobs that are centered around the things your new image consists of. Participating in them will give you an idea whether or not you will like your new image or whether it is realistic enough. Also the experiences you earn will be priceless.
  3. Go shopping! Do some retail-research to find outfits and clothes that will complement your new self. This involves some substantial risk-taking so it's best to find a good friend and take them along so you can have an external opinion about whether your new look fits you or not.
  4. Change your habits. If your new self is an awesome, outgoing, devil-may-care rocker or a sophisticated, refined, worldly socialite, pick up some of the activities and the culture of that group. This also gives you new confidence and an opportunity to start over and be in control of your life. So go to the music store and pick up a guitar manual and start plucking or pick up a book on etiquette and start practicing on holding your fork.
  5. Change your attitude. No one's going to believe your new image if you don't wear it proudly. When you're walking in your new clothes and hanging out in new places feel like you belong there. If you're looking uncomfortable others will see this and your reinvention will have failed. It might take a while, but stand strong and walk tall and others will be commanded by your aura.
  6. Go slow. Rome wasn't built in a day. Give yourself time to grow and evolve as a person. Reinventing yourself can be a difficult process but the most important thing to remember is that change comes from the inside out.Start with little things, like changing how you get to work, or how you dress for week. Do it gradually if you can. If you must make a break - do it quick, and never never never look back.


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