Reinventing Yourself Without Spending Money
It’s not unusual for the idealized version of you—the one that you ultimately see in your mind’s eye—to be quite a bit different from the real version that you present to the world every day. Because while you may see yourself ultimately becoming a fitness devotee, a marathon runner, an environmentalist, a high-demand junior executive, a renegade artist and so on, it takes action in order to actually get there.Even if you aren’t currently taking any action that will realize your ideal, in the future you could completely reinvent yourself in order to. If you ever get the urge to take that leap and reinvent yourself, remember that the process is more about your personal actions than it is about the money you spend on the process.For example let’s say that you decide you want to become a marathon runner. Your first step might be to go out and buy the most expensive pair of sneakers, a high-end pedometer and running app for your MP3 player, a fancy belt for all your water bottles and gel packets, and all the sweat wicking workout gear you can find. But instead, how about first testing your commitment with the old sweatpants and cross trainers you currently have? Then, once you’ve worked out for a few weeks and you see that you really are headed toward reinventing yourself, you can invest in accessories that support this little by little—starting with the most important, such as running shoes to help avoid injury.It can be easy to forget that the goal of reinventing yourself is about changing how you live your life not just changing how you appear to others. If you really want to reinvent yourself to get closer to that perfect idealized version of you, start small and spend money only as needed.