THE POWER OF IMAGE
“Your image is your personal billboard; it speaks before you do. What are you saying?”
Have you ever walked into a room at a social or business event and was self-conscious about what you were wearing? Wondered if you’re dressed appropriately for the occasion. Hoping that no one noticed your heel hanging off the edge or your shoe? Or maybe the top was too tight? Or the visible underwear line? Or just frustrated that you have not been able to camouflage that body area you don’t like to show. Yes, that one.
You might be asking, “why does it matter?” It matters because first impressions are lasting. Did you know that it only takes 2-7 seconds for an opinion to be made of you? And once that opinion is formed, it is almost impossible to change. Experts say that 55% of first impression is based on appearance. So, if your image is not appropriate or in alignment with your personal style and values, then the message you are projecting is doing you a disservice.
If you are uncomfortable with your image it affects your confidence and presentation. According to Psychology today, “Confidence is a belief in oneself, the conviction that one has the ability to meet life's challenges and to succeed.” If that belief is compromised because you are unsure about your appearance, then that lack of confidence is transmitted in the way you present yourself – your posture, speech, and stride. In other words, if your subconscious mind is concentrated on hiding your perceived or real body and dress flaws, you are not able to show up 100% mentally in whatever setting you are in – meeting, interview, lunch with friends. This can result in lost opportunities in your personal, business and professional life.
On the other hand, if your clothing fits, matches your personal style and appropriate for the setting, then your mind is at ease and your confidence is boosted. You are able to tailor the message you send, create a great first impression and be your best because you can give your full attention to the task before you.
I ask again, “What is your image saying about you?”