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I can’t believe we are less than a month away from the new year. The last 2 years have been beyond challenging, which is why I’m excited about the new year.
For some, the new year is a chance to keep pushing forward on successful projects. For others, it’s a time to try new things. For all of us, it’s an opportunity to completely change our lives for the better.
Don’t get me wrong, you don’t have to wait for the new year to make meaningful changes to your life. However, it always feels good to start the year off fresh.
When I say fresh, I don’t just mean making a few goals, or some New Year’s resolutions. I’m talking about taking on a new identity.
In this context, when I say change your identity, I’m talking about transformation- having a fresh, new perspective on life, a new mindset, and new experiences.
Creating a new identity for the new year is about making a decision on how you want to improve your life, heal old wounds, recreate your style, enhance the things that are going well, eliminate time wasters, and design your life with intention.
There are many benefits of creating a new identity for yourself in the context of transforming your life. Creating a new identity gives you the opportunity to:
Let’s go over how you can create a new identity for yourself.
The first step is to get clear on the vision that you have for your life going forward. Start by asking yourself some important questions and take time to write or journal your answers.
Feel free to add more questions and allow yourself to explore your own mind. Don’t hold back or limit yourself- if you can dream it, you can achieve it.
Now that you have written out your vision, start thinking through a tangible strategy of how you plan to make the vision a reality. This may mean that you start to break it down into achievable milestones. Milestones are the small, measurable checkpoints along the journey while creating the vision.
For example, if part of your vision is to be fit and healthy, you may write down that you will start working with a fitness trainer with the goal of losing 30 lbs. of body fat. A milestone may be that you hire a trainer and start working with them 3 days per week by a certain date. The next milestone may be the first 5 lbs. weight loss, and then running half a mile without stopping, and so on.
The idea is to start writing out a plan and include details on how you will execute things.
Building a supportive team is important when it comes to creating a new identity to transform your life. It has been shown that most people that are successful share the same values as the 5 people they hang around the most.
If you engage with unmotivated, unhappy people, you will likely become unmotivated and unhappy. If you surround yourself with big thinkers, action takers, and people that are moving forward, then guess what- you will start to pick up their traits as well.
Building a supportive team is about meeting people that share your interests, are on a similar path to changing their lives, or are doing what you desire to achieve. This may mean that you join a mastermind group while you are creating a new business, or you join a community organization that shares the same values you have.
This could also mean that you start going to therapy to heal past traumas or get a life coach to help you stay focused on your goals. Having a supportive team keeps you accountable and doesn’t allow you to sway from the path.
These are the people that will nudge you when you are falling behind and give you motivation when life gets challenging. Some of these people may be your friends or family, but they don’t have to be.
I suggest going outside of your friend and family circle when it comes to building a supportive team for your vision, as you need consistent objective perspective, thoughts, ideas, and accountability.
Nothing happens without action. Once you work on the first 3 steps, you must take action every day towards your new identity. There will be days when the actions are small and there will be days when the actions are big.
For example, if your new identity is to be a homeowner in 3 months, some days you will be talking to a realtor and looking at homes, and some days you will be making sure you keep putting your savings in the proper accounts.
If you are trying to lose 30 lbs., some days you will be focused on walking in the park between work meetings, and some days you will be going to a bootcamp with friends.
If you are working to get a new job, some days you will be sending in resumes and some days you will be having interviews.
The point is to wake up and make a decision to do 1 thing that will get you closer to your vision of your new identity, no matter how big or small.
Change is not always easy. But, when staying the same becomes too painful, it may be time for a complete transformation. Creating a new identity for the new year will help you take a step closer to your life purpose, higher calling and more fulfillment.
A new identity doesn’t mean you give up what you love, it means you allow yourself to be closer to the authentic spirit that lives within your soul. It acknowledges your growth and expansion and helps you see your full potential.
So, give yourself the time to start creating the new identity that you want to reflect now!
Tiffiny has a B.A. in Psychology, and master’s degree in Public Health Education. She worked in consulting for over 16 years, as well as previously owning a fitness and health business. In her personal life, she used personal development, mindset and health strategies to go from being overworked in a demanding corporate career, emotionally drained in a toxic marriage, physically unhealthy, and depressed to becoming an award-winning figure level bodybuilding athlete and entrepreneur. As a women’s empowerment coach, she works to help women get clear on their goals, build confidence, increase self-esteem, take action on their deep desires and create a life they love