Today on my miracle morning walk I passed the trash cans in the picture above. They made me think about how we present ourselves to the world.
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In life, it’s all about presentation, presentation, presentation.
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In life, the way you present yourself to the world matters. When you step out of the house and your neighbors look at you, do they see someone neatly dressed? Or do they see someone who is disheveled rushing off from one thing to another?
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When someone comes to see you at your office or for meetings, do they see someone well put together? Or do they see someone who looks a disorganized hot mess? How do your clients describe how you present yourself? Are you pleased with their description? Presentation matters.
When we were young, we were told to put our best foot forward. This meant that we should do our best at all we attempted. As adults, this also means having a good outward appearance. No matter what your style preference when you go out in the world whether for business or pleasure, you should at a minimum have a good presentation.
If you are in a corporate arena, this may mean wearing a nice suit or conservative dress. If you are in a creative field, this will mean a different type of clothing. No matter what type of clothes you wear, you should be neat, clean, and at your best when dealing with the world at large.
It is tempting to show up to the carpool line at your children’s school in your pajamas. It is comfortable to show up to work fresh from the gym and your sweat clothes as my husband’s Uber driver did yesterday. But do either of these things give a good impression to those around you? No, they do not.
How things are presented matters. I remember an episode of the “Cosby Show” where one of the daughters brought home her fiance. She didn’t bring him home with pride and dignity. Instead, her father said she brought him home as if she was serving a delicious steak dinner on a dirty trash can lid.
When you conduct business, whether personal or professional, be sure to present yourself on good China, not dirty trash can lids.
Remember this lesson from my children’s kindergarten teacher, show yourself good friendship.
If you want to be treated with respect and dignity, show respect and dignity to yourself. When you are appropriately dressed inside and out you’re showing your self-respect and friendship. When you show yourself respect and friendship it gives others permission to do the same to you.
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No matter what kind of work you do, and no matter where you do it, dress for the part. When you work at home, get up and get dressed. Get out of the pajamas and into something clean and neat. When you work at home, you have more flexibility when it comes to wardrobe. But you should still get up and put on something clean and fresh. We tend to act the way we are dressed.
When you are dressed and prepared for work, you are more likely to be productive and to have your mind on the work before you. That work may be caring for your children at carpool. The work may be managing the staff at your office. The work may be working in your home office or shared office space. Whatever the work is you have to do, dress for the part.
*** What the Miracle Morning means in my world.***
Recently, I decided to start a Miracle Morning routine. For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, it involves getting up a little earlier in the day. The day starts with you doing SAVERS. To translate that into English, it means:
In my world, I start with spirituality – I read my Bible and pray. Next, I read or write affirmations. I do a lot of work dealing with creating confidence so I read my creating confidence affirmations or spend time creating 1 or 2 more. For visualization, I spend time picturing what will make the day successful. Exercise involves me taking a 20-minute walk around the neighborhood. After my walk, I read. I created a reading list for the mornings. This is a list of books, I want to read for pleasure, for enrichment, or because I need to read them. Finally, it is time to scribe or write. I have decided to turn the things I think about on my walks into blog articles for my scribe activity.
Stay tuned for our next installment in the Miracle Morning series.