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By Jon Michail

We’re reading a lot lately about astute people making minor fortunes through renovating dumps in desirable areas and turning them into enviable homes.

Take the ‘Hoarder House’ in Brisbane, Australia (pictured above). Brothers Rob and Andrew Gray recently transformed a dilapidated stench-ridden eyesore into a stunning home in just seven months. Their vision, determination and hard work added at least 2 million dollars to its value.

So what if we could give ourselves an equally effective personal renovation or makeover? There are times in our lives when some of that vision, determination and hard work could be equally as well applied to ourselves.  Do any of these situations ring a bell?

“Every one of them offers an opportunity to renovate yourself.”

  • You’re stuck in a rut
  • You deserve promotion and a raise
  • You need to grow your business
  • You’re ready for a new relationship
  • You’d love to leave for pastures new
  • You wish you could ditch the crowd that’s pulling you down.
  • You’re not living your passion
  • You’d like to increase your personal brand value and wealth

Every one of them offers an opportunity to renovate yourself.

Don’t let anyone tell you that it’s impossible to change who and what you are. How can you expect your life to change if you are not willing to change aspects that don’t serve you any longer. I promise you, it can be done. And with vision, determination and a great plan, you can make it happen.

Sometimes we know what needs to be done. A serious renovation has to start with an honest assessment of how you see yourself. This means self-development. And no, you’re not going to change yourself into someone unrecognisable. A better description is ‘re-inventing’ the authentic YOU.

First, you must decide what you want to achieve, and to what extent. Maybe you’re stuck in a rut. You’re bored with your job, tired of the same old social situations, and you’re getting itchy feet. You’re probably daunted by all the changes you want to make and so you’re going nowhere.

Think about one thing you could do that would have an impact on all or most of the things that are holding you back. Having a specific objective will keep you on track and lessen the feeling that it’s all too much.

Think about the Gray brothers and the ‘Hoarder House’. Before they could do anything, the house had to be cleared of 40 years of filth and rubbish. Then they had to deal with the deterioration of the structure caused by the rotting food and junk. The smell alone meant they had to remove all the wallboards.

Pretty drastic stuff. But it is a good, it is an extreme example of how you can’t build a new structure on bad foundations. What’s making you unhappy with things the way they are? Dig deep enough, and you are likely to find one core issue that is affecting everything else. Time to de-clutter aspects of your life?

Maybe it’s your job. You don’t much like the people you work with, you’re being thwarted in your desire to move up the company ladder, company politics is everywhere and you’re tired of the same old thing every day.

So you’re going to have to do something about changing the situation. Remember, no one else is going to take you by the hand and guide you to health, happiness and wealth.

How about increasing your skills through study (formal or informal) or by moving ‘sideways’ within the company? It’s a relatively safe option, but it gives you the opportunity to get to know a new crew and to re-focus on promotion.

Start saving. Focus on bumping up the bank balance and luxuriate in the knowledge that you can relocate sometime in the future or perhaps move into full-time study or training. Maybe you can become your own boss…. an entrepreneur.

For entrepreneurs, it may be how are you going to grow your business in a disruptive economy? Without doing something different it is not going to change anything. It’s time to be several steps ahead of your competition.

All those options don’t involve a lot of risk – and the fear of risk is the leading reason that stops many people from making the first move. Just like the Gray brothers, you have to see beyond the obvious and assess how you can make your future bigger and brighter and grow your value, personal and business.

It’s all there waiting for you. You just have to take the first step, do it now!

Jon Michail is Group CEO of Image Group International, an award winning author and recognised Australasia’s No 1 image coach. Image Group International supports executives, entrepreneurs and their organisations to become iconic and monetised leadership brands.

He has been a  regular commentator in international media including ABC, CNN, NBC, Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur, Success, The Financial Review and Vogue.

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