Your Success Thought for the Week of January 17, 2007
January. A most excellent time of year to assess your image. There are hundreds of people in your world who have a perfectly formed concept (in the privacy of their minds) of who you are without even speaking to you. “Who cares?” you might say. “If I don’t know them, why do I care what their opinion is of me?” You may be surprised at the many ways a bad image can come back to bite you.
It takes less than seven seconds to create a first impression, a difficult image to change. Perhaps you are a meager staff person today, yet will be running the company in a few short years. Be aware of the image you project on your way up the ladder. And we all know of ‘C’ level leaders behaving badly— CEO’s, COO’s, CFO’s. It’s never too late to upgrade your personal image.
What composes your image? Not merely losing that ten pounds or the shape of your belly. It is your essence—everything from the way you speak to office assistants, to the way you walk, your eye contact, and of course your physical appearance. It’s also how you feel about yourself and those around you. This is all weaved into the way you present yourself to the world, and the way those in your world accept or reject you.
Physical Appearance: I know that a client is taking responsibility for themselves and their image when he or she comes to a coaching session excited about having cleaned out their closet and saying “It was easy.” Clothing that they bought even a few months ago no longer represents who they are today. And for those “What was I thinking?” items, better to have them out of sight now.
In Dress to Express, Tracy McWilliams puts it this way: “The image we create for ourselves directs what is possible for us. The key to looking great in clothes is understanding that you are the best judge of how you want to look. Connecting your outer image to your inner depth is the first step. If you can dress to express your own personal image, your self-confidence will shine through You can take yourself further along the path to being the person you aspire to be.”
Confidence Level - How you feel about yourself: You simply cannot hide a lack of confidence. You can hide it temporarily, as in ‘fake it until you make it,’ but unless you create a solid confidence foundation on which to stand you’ll be lost in the crowd. There are plenty of more confident folks to take your place in any arena.
What makes a person more confident? Taking time to asses your strong points. Focusing solely upon your week points allows little room for growth. In what areas do you excel today? How can you build upon these? How can you use the same talents, traits or magic formula to improve in other areas?
Your Esssence- How you feel about those around you: 93% of your communication is reflected through body language in the following way:
If you do not agree with, approve of, like or feel comfortable with the people you are with, it shows. Be very aware of what you subconsciously (albeit boldly) emanate.
This is a week to take inventory of your personal image. Be honest with yourself, ask for feedback from those you trust or hire an image consultant. Eliminate what no longer works for you. You’ll feel lighter, more free, fun and productive. Even slight changes can bring dramatic results.
Go out and shine this week. Enjoy your discoveries!
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Ann Golden Eglé, MCC
Executive Coach & President
Golden Visions Success Coaching, LLC
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