How To Successfully Recreate Yourself In 3 Months (Or Less)
Storyteller by nature.
Warrior, by Dad.
Performer my mother.
I wander my path.
Often I ask the question,
“Who is that man in the mirror?”
It’s less clear the more I ask.
The above are a few lines from one of my poetry-induced journal entries.
This was during a time when I felt very confused about my current state in life and where I was headed — aka, who I should BECOME.
The bolded part has since resonated a lot with me. The more I question who I am and who I wish to become, the less clarity I have about myself.
It’s a rabbit hole.
That’s not to say you shouldn’t reflect.
But reflection should be PART of the process of self-development, not a process separate and secluded.
For the most part, we do not understand ourselves until AFTER the fact.
We say we want to become something/someone, we set out on that path, and we almost always end up somewhere entirely different than we had originally imagined.
We learn things along the way that make us realize our original idea was extremely novice and naive.
And we cannot actually call ourselves this “new thing” until after we’ve already been it for a while.
I do not believe any amount of reflecting IN ITSELF will make you change.
Only reflection paired with a process of moving forward will allow you both ends of growth — the leaves and the roots.
So, how do you recreate yourself in 3 months?
Step 1: Start with the end in mind
What is the “finished product?”
What do you want to create or change?
Is it a physical thing?
Is it a personality trait?
Is it a habit?
The more clear you are about defining what it is you wish to cultivate and ultimately how you will gauge your success, the more successful you will be.
Step 2: Write down your plan
I’ve recreated myself many, many times.
When I was a kid, I wanted to play in the NHL.
When I was a teenager, I wanted to become a pro gamer.
When I started college, I wanted to be a rapper and hip hop music producer.
When I turned 20, I wanted to be a bodybuilder.
When I turned 22, I wanted to be an entrepreneur.
Etc. Etc. Etc.
In order to CREATE yourself, you have to form HABITS.
This “plan” you create is really nothing more than a series of habits that will help sculpt whatever it is you wish to create — no different than how a workout routine sculpts a physique.
So, for example, if you want to become a writer, your plan would consist of writing for X hours each day, reading for X hours each day, studying for X hours each day, and editing for X hours each day.
Your success will then become dependent upon how many days you are able to do all 4 of those things.
Showing up is half the battle.
Step 3: Practice
Once you have your plan in place, the hardest part is not giving up after 3 days.
You have to trust that the repetition will do its job.
MAKE YOURSELF DO IT.
I promise you, after a week you’ll start to notice a difference.
After 2 weeks, you’ll love the flow.
By a month in, you’ll see no other way in living. This has become your practice.
Thanks for reading! :)
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