What do people encounter when they encounter you?
Does your outward appearance align with your purpose in life?
Our life’s purpose radiates and motivates us to get up every morning—striving to fulfill that purpose. But what if you are unaware of your purpose? When a woman is unaware of her purpose, it affects everything about her from the inside out. Did you know that the way you feel about yourself internally always exudes externally?
Many think that image and clothing are just an “ in-the-moment” thing, and it doesn’t matter or need to match up with your life. But oh, it does!! Think about it like this— we patronize certain businesses and professionals based on their professionalism and their overall image.
We would never find ourselves connected to or supporting those who don’t “LOOK” competent or are not up to par in their expertise. So, why would your presentation be any different? Whatever profession you're in, your character and image should always match.
Here are a few things to do to ensure your purpose and image align:
1. One of my signature statements is, “Sow where you want to go”. That means, if there is a certain level you are aiming for but you're waiting until you reach it to look like you're there, you’ve already missed it. People of influence, investors, or your potential audience need to see you mean business now, not later. Would they take you seriously now based on how you show up? Invest in your image by dressing how you want to be addressed. Be intentional about who you are and who you want to become!
2. “You are the Face of your Own Brand”. I say this often. Clothing and perception is always linked. If you have a desire to dress and present yourself better, but find yourself in the same ratty outfits, it's time to find out why. Does your job and the life you want to lead reflect in the way you show up? Do you show up as the Face of your own Brand or do you show up as something different? People evaluate our clothing along with their perception of what we feel about ourselves and the life we represent. How we value ourselves and what we wear is its own language; it speaks for us. Our clothing along with the right presentation of ourselves is what will take us to the life we want to lead.
The truth is we evaluate each other based on appearance, daily. Clothes do not only reflect our personalities but also encourage our personalities and help develop our self-image.
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