A New Decade to Reinvent Yourself: Part 2

By Tarsha Polk


According to the dictionary, the word reinvent means to remake or make over, as in a different form. So, in order to reinvent yourself, you must leave the shape you are in to get to the S.H.A.P.E. you want to become. The acronym S.H.A.P.E. stands for Specialness, Heart, Attitude, Potential, and Experience. Last month I shared with you how to reinvent yourself around your specialness and your heart’s desires. This month, you’ll learn about attitude and potential.


A is Attitude – As you reinvent yourself you must have an attitude of success. What I mean is that you must have the attitude of who you are meant to be, not who you used to be. Years ago, while working part-time at a non-profit micro-lending organization where I provided business counseling, I had a client who struggled with employment because of his past circumstances. He decided to get a barber’s license, so he could create his own employment opportunities. Instead of feeling defeated and blaming others, he had an attitude of success. He eventually started a barber salon and today, 10 Dollar Haircuts is a community focused barbershop that offers affordable haircuts to a community that would not be able to afford a quality haircut. You see when you have the right attitude, you are destined to achieve your goals. Make a list of the attitudes you’d have to change that may be holding you back from having a success mindset. If you struggle in this area, work with a life coach to help you shift your mindset so you can leave your old shape behind.


P is Potential – Nothing will get you to where you want to be better than understanding how to plug into your potential. Your potential is rooted in what you are naturally great at. Is there something you are great at, but you are not doing it to the fullest? Your potential is about your identity—who do you see yourself as? It’s about your importance—what impact can you make in someone’s life or in the world? It’s your purpose. It’s your why. Without purpose you have no direction. Without purpose, how can you define success? Without purpose how can you express yourself to the world? When you know the answers to those questions about yourself you see the class half-full instead of half empty. To reinvent yourself and get what you want in life, focus on the area of greatest potential and start evaluating the characteristics of successful people to learn from them.


When you make major attitude shifts and realize your greatest potential, the sky is the limit. As Confucius says, “The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential…these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”

Tarsha Polk, The Marketing Lady, is an inspirational speaker, business coach and author of Making an Impact: How to Build a Powerful Personal Brand.

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