How others perceive you is your business! The professional image you reflect will influence their perception. In this article, we will address your professional image from the perspective of appearance and attitude.
The outfit or apparel that you choose to wear on any given day can determine how your colleagues and customers view you. For the most part, there will be dress codes or procedures and policies to guide you in this area. For professionals and those who wish to be regarded as professionals what you wear and do not wear can help make your career or it can hold you back. Whether it is fair or not, others may draw conclusions about your character, your commitment to the team, your judgment, and your abilities based on the appropriateness of your attire.
If you are excited or depressed, sick or happy those feelings and dispositions could very well be reflected in your apparel. Your appearance can say a great deal about who you are and how you feel about yourself. Your style and appropriateness of dress is a reflection of who you are.
Your style is an extension of who you are, a reflection of your personality. If you are serious about reflecting a professional image, then you need to make yourself aware of the requirements and policies in your chosen environment. You will need to dress with your goals in mind.
Your mind is a mold and hold vessel. You will find both positive and negative thoughts dwelling there. The simple removal of the negative thoughts is not enough. The negative thoughts must be replaced with positive thoughts, to curb the negative thoughts from returning.
All of your thoughts play an integral part in your actions and reactions to your environment. Your thoughts have developed over years from where you have been and your personal history. The where you have been and your history is your "thatch." Your thatch has a great deal to do with how your attitude has developed.
We are always adding to our thatch with each new day. We can chose to develop and nurture an attitude of respect, trust, and hard work . The thoughts that you allow yourself to think will influence whether or not you reach your professional goals. Do now underestimate the power of your thoughts. Take steps to develop a lasting positive attitude.
Develop a healthy diet. Begin and continue an effective exercise program. Create some daily, quiet, alone time with meditation and/or prayer(even 15 minutes). Drink sufficient liquids (water), Get at least 7 to 8 hours of restful sleep each night. Learn breathing exercises to reduce your stress level. These steps will help to reduce your level of stress, clear your mind, and allow you to work more efficiently..
There is no need to jump into all of these changes at one time. You can begin slowly, but consistently working each one into your everyday life. Over a short period of time, you will notice a positive change in your attitude, your stress and your confidence.