If necessity is indeed the mother of invention, then surely the same can be said for the potential-packed act of reinvention. For most of us, the desire to re-imagine ourselves and our future is often born from times of trouble—periods in our lives where we feel the need to pave a new way forward.

To say the last few months have been tough might be an understatement, and while the push to be highly productive has been stressful, there lies an opportunity to focus inward and truly consider who we want to be when we emerge from this global crisis.

A true reinvention of self might not just be based on what you look like or what you do – but rather how you empathise with others, how you view the world and how you treat those around you.

There is power in remembering that no matter who you are or where you’ve come from – you can always change, adapt and become the best version of yourself. Here are some guiding thoughts to help get you started.

Examine the world you’ve created for yourself

Take some time to consider what’s working and what isn’t.

Are there aspects of your life that make you particularly happy that you can build on and grow? Perhaps there are people, belief systems or even physical objects you feel are blocking your potential.

Once you’ve determined the positives and the not-so positives, think about how you can use this knowledge to create a new path forward.


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Practice resilience and gratitude

There will always be obstacles and hurdles in life, but it’s how we react to these difficulties that can make all the difference. The benefits of crashing, failing and falling is that we get up each time and forge forward.

These moments teach us lessons – whether we like it or not. What have you learnt in the last twelve months? Can you use those lessons to your benefit now?


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See yourself in a new light

True change comes from within. Start small by envisioning a new image of yourself. How would you like to be seen by others? What are the qualities you want people to associate with your name? Visualise these in your mind and make it a goal to start living these new values each and every day.


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Create a mood board

Whether it’s a physical board, a Pinterest account or even a PowerPoint presentation – having a visual representation of who you want to be can make all the difference. Whenever you see images or words, inspiring design or anything that makes you smile – add it to your board and grow your collage.

Like a mystery waiting to be solved, a distinct tone will soon emerge from your creation and help you imagine the person you want to become.


Alana Wulff is an author, copywriter and freelance journalist. She regularly writes for The Sydney Morning Herald, Junkee, Mashable, Who and more. You can follow her work on Instagram @laniwulff


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