When you present yourself to the world, what is it that you hope people see? How you portray yourself to others is known as your self-image – and it is everything. It is a general consensus of what others think of you as a person. Paying attention to factors like how you dress, communicate, and act, people, are able to formulate an opinion about you. These opinions are then used to determine whether you’re a good person to date, marry, be friends with, hire, or go into business with.
A negative image whether intentional or unintentional can have lasting effects on your abilities to live a happy and fulfilled life. If people don’t get the right impression of who you are, it can make it hard to land that job you’ve always wanted, take your business to the next level, to date that charming guy or girl you’ve been eyeing, or even maintain healthy friendships. The best thing you can do is work daily at improving your image.
Improving Your Image
So how do you change how others feel about you? It’s never too late to turn things around for the better. Here is some sound advice on how to portray yourself more positively:
Wardrobe Changes – Though it’s often what’s on the inside that really determines who a person is, it is the outer appearance that people will see and experience first. Every time you step out of the door, at the very least, your clothes should be clean, intact, and wrinkle-free. Your personal style should ultimately be a reflection of your character. It should also be fitting for the occasion. Meaning, you probably shouldn’t show up for work in a strapless sundress and flip-flops or hit the beach with your friends in a suit.
Groom Yourself – You can’t very well expect others to think you’re worthy of their friendship, companionship, or business if you fail to take care of yourself. After all, what would your first thoughts be if you encountered someone who had terrible body odors, untamed hair, dirt under their nails, and bad breath? Daily grooming gives a different impression which makes you more approachable. Get a haircut on a routine basis, wash and style your hair regularly, take a shower or bath daily, invest in subtle cologne, perfume, and soaps, schedule a weekly manicure and pedicure, learn how to stop nervous sweating and prevent pit stains, and practice proper oral care. When you take care of yourself in this way, it’s a boost of confidence which only amplifies your positive personal image.
Boost Mental Health Daily – How you feel on the inside will manifest on the outside, sometimes without you knowing. If you’re under a lot of stress your smile quickly turns to what seems like a permanent grimace persuading people to steer clear. If you’ve been depressed lately, those long periods of sadness and feeling worthless can cause you to stop caring about your appearance. If you’re struggling with mental health issues like stress, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, or other problems, you should start working on improving this daily. Practice positive self-talk to replace those negative thoughts, reduce the amount of stress in your life, learn new skills to help boost your confidence, eat mood enhancing foods, and workout to better manage cortisol levels.
Work on Social Hiccups – How you communicate with others can have a major impact on how you’re perceived in society. There are a lot of reasons that you could be having issues with communicating effectively with others. Some might include low self-esteem, fear of being judged, lack of comprehension (i.e. having to talk to an attorney but not understanding the jargon used), and more. However, there are also other social hiccups like extreme shyness and social anxiety, which can hinder your ability to assert yourself in any conversation, speech, or networking event. You can overcome these hiccups by working on improving your self-esteem, reading to expand your vocabulary, dressing the part, and gradually placing yourself in social environments where you can practice socializing with diverse backgrounds.
Though you should never allow anyone’s opinion of you to hinder your ability to live life as you desire, what others think of you can have a major impact on various areas of your life. With that being said, it is important to create an image that is true to you that others can easily relate and gravitate towards. The above-mentioned tips should help to boost your confidence, improve your physical appearance, heal your mind, and give you the tools you need to show others just how great you really are.