Dress For Success
It’s that time of the year when we make New Year resolutions. And decide, in good faith, to develop new habits.
Yet most will fall by the wayside even before the first few weeks of 2018 are gone.
Because many people don’t know the simple secret of how to build new habits that last a lifetime!
My book “Knife At a Gunfight” is about this – and discusses the formation of specific new habits in a manner that overcomes your inner resistance and lets your willpower succeed.
Let’s take a simple new habit that is clearly of benefit to you. Say you want to dress for success.
Why would you want to develop this habit?
The way that you dress affects your self-esteem and can make you feel less or more confident.
Wearing clothes that are ill fitting or unflattering can even affect your happiness. You may feel anxious or depressed.
The clothing that you wear presents an image to the world – but the most important image is the one that you see. If you’re someone who battles self-esteem and confidence issues, wearing clothes that feed into that will subtract from your happiness.
So what are you going to do about dressing for success?
You can experiment.
Wear a pair of worn out sweatpants and a baggy shirt out in public. Don’t take the time to style your hair.
Then, on the next day, go out wearing a nice outfit with your hair attractively styled.
You’ll notice a difference in the way that you walk and in the way that you act.
When you dress like it doesn’t matter, it will change how you see yourself. But more than that, it changes how you’ll handle what you have to do that day.
How to motivate yourself to dress for success daily?
Remind yourself that you won’t feel your sharpest… because the clothes you wear affect you mentally.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to dress for success. What a lot of people don’t realize is that dressing for success isn’t just about looking the part. It’s about how you feel, too.
When you dress for success, you’re happier. You feel like a success and then your actions will follow those feelings. Make it a habit every day to dress in clothes that make you feel good about yourself.
When and how do you begin developing this habit?
If you’re working from home and have to present yourself to an audience over a video conference session, or meet with people in person, dressing for success will present a more professional persona, which can boost your results.
And that in turn makes you happier!
So get started right away. But do it the right way!
Don’t try to implement a bunch of new daily habits all at once. Build one first, and do it slowly. It takes awhile for a new habit to take root, so don’t beat yourself up if you’re slow to implement them on a routine basis.
It may take a few weeks, months, or even years to get with the program, but you’ll start to notice positive changes and that will motivate you to continue each and every day.
And then, after you’ve built a new habit, you can repeat it again with another one.