We all have our public images. Sometimes those images stick around for a long time. For example, there are people who’ve been out of high school for fifty years who still have the same nickname or reputation among the people they graduated with.
Of course, they might have the same personality. But, in many cases, they have that reputation because once you get an image, it’s hard to shake it.
That’s all fine and good if your image is of a cool and popular person whom others find attractive. However, if you have the image as a loser or a loner of a “nice guy” who always gets friend zoned it can be a problem. But, there are ways you can reboot your image.
First, it has to be done gradually. If you are a science geek one day and a rebel stoner the next, people will likely just think you’re confused or easily influenced. If you’re going to reboot your image and create a new reputation, just be aware that it will generally take some time. Some people spend years trying to reclaim their image.
Second, always move towards more inclusiveness. You want to reboot yourself in a way that attracts as many people to yourself as you can. Popularity is about getting a large number of people to like you. So, try to create an image as a person who brings others together. If you can achieve that, at school or otherwise, you’ll be popular.
Finally, continue to reinforce your new image. You’ll have lots of doubters, especially in the beginning. But, over time they’ll likely not even remember much about the old you. As long as you’re entertaining, impressing, or making them happy, they will likely not be dwelling on the fact that you used to be a shy dork.
So, go out and there and reboot your image. It’s never too late, especially when you’re a teen with your whole life ahead of you.