Everyone is different but when you are dressed for impact, you create an impact.
When we present ourselves in a way that makes us feel confident, that confidence shines through in everything we do. Research shows that up to 55% of another person's perception of you is based on how you look. There is only one chance to make a first impression. Good or bad, that impression lasts.
Although dressing and grooming is no guarantee of success, it does give you a competitive edge and helps to make a positive first impression.
Dressing for success does not need to be expensive. Many consignment and thrift stores carry designer clothes at a fraction of the cost of many big box stores. And, dressing for success is not limited to the work environment. Even at home, dressing to impress impresses you and can create a more productive environment. Sloppy dressing often produces sloppy work and sloppy results.
Many entrepreneurs contend that their success is in the way they dress. Even when traveling, many dress at least in what is considered business casual attire. Rarely are they caught in sweats, yoga pants, or gym shorts. Their mantra is to wear great clothes; "You never know who you are going to meet."
The way you dress communicates who you are. Everything you do makes a statement. Many believe, "You can't judge a book by its cover," but book jacket and product packaging designers is a huge market and industry. Some people subscribe to the idea that you dress for the job you want, not the job you have. It is human nature to evaluate someone by the way they dress. Yes, this may be considered labeling, but it is also human nature.
Clothes make a strong visual statement about how you see yourself. You might think you are expressing your individuality, but you could also be sending the message that you don't believe in you. Appropriate dress is also a way of expressing respect for the situation and the people in it.
Equally important as the clothes you wear are the people you associate with. Personal Development Guru, Jim Rohn says you are "the average of the five people you spend the most time with." Think about that. Think about the people you associate with at work and outside of work.
Get a pad and write down the five people you associate with the most at work and the five people you associate with most outside of work. Beside each name, write three qualities you admire most of each person and three things you find not as desirable. From this list, determine which of the qualities, or lack thereof, you find in yourself.
Be Bold: Ask three to five people to anonymously do the same for you. How did you measure up? Are you being the person you thought you were?
When we neglect our social lives, we neglect some of the best opportunities we have available for ongoing learning and growth. By making other people a priority and surrounding ourselves with those who challenge us, we make continuous expansion of our worldview a priority.
And, throughout your day remind yourself this is “My Moment to Succeed.”
bartism: You can have anything you want if you dress for it. -edith head