Image and Success

Success is measured not only by your accomplishments, but also by your image. Respect the value of the first impression, and appeal to the senses of others. People judge you within the first few minutes of meeting you. They make assumptions about who you are based on your looks and your clothes.

Projecting a professional image is crucial to attaining success. People will take you more seriously if your look is polished and pulled together. Modify your clothing, accessories, makeup and hair color to align with the season. For example, go for lighter (in color and weight) clothing, hair and makeup in the spring and summer. In the fall and winter, gravitate toward darker and warmer colors for clothes, hair and makeup.

Don’t wear your heart on your sleeve. Try not to let your emotions affect your appearance. Avoid dark colors when you are in a foul mood. Instead, choose bright and cheerful clothing and accessories to elevate your mood. If possible, try to keep a new clothing item or accessory in your closet for those times when you need a lift.

It doesn’t have to be anything major; a new blouse, a new bracelet or a new pair of shoes will do. Do not cut off the tag off until you are ready to wear the item; this will allow you to approach the day with a fresh new outlook!

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Doyle Sims owns Doyle Designed in Flossmoor, Illinois.

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