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02 mar

The clothes you wear can sabotage or support what you want to create in your life.

KathiBurnsI agree with Nick Arrojo’s comments on February 18th about the subtle effects on your life regarding how you present yourself to the world.

Your image is created by your thoughts and feelings about yourself. If you have never taken the time to pause and figure out how you feel about yourself and how you want to be viewed by the world, it will be reflected in your wardrobe. The clothes you wear can sabotage or support what you want to create in your life.

Clothes not only reflect how we feel about ourselves, they also impact how others react to us. Whether you are a man or a woman, you are judged by the clothes that you wear. This is a reality. The power of a first impression is real and not disappearing anytime soon. This might seem cruel and unreasonable until you realize why this happens.

We don’t make quick character judgments because we are malicious. We do it because it is one of our most primal instincts, self-protection. We are programmed to determine as quickly as possible whether the person next to us is trustworthy, or if we should take a flight-or-fight stance. We simply rely on visual clues to determine whether we are safe.

During this instinctive process, we can’t help but make other judgments about professionalism, financial status and personality. Knowing this, it makes sense that we should try to appear as polished as possible. It is not a secret that a successful and positive personal image is a direct result of the clothes we wear.

Creating a successful image goes a lot deeper than outward appearances. Clothes change the way we view ourselves. Think about your wardrobe for a minute. Almost everyone has a lucky piece of clothing. When we wear that item our attitude throughout the day is more self-assured. That is why we really enjoy wearing our “lucky” outfits. We feel happier and more successful. With the proper elements in your wardrobe, you will feel empowered every day as you get dressed and head out into the world.

This is an excerpt from Kathi’s book, How to Master Your Muck.

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Posted by Kathi Burns on March 2nd, 2010 in Career, General, New Directions, Things We Love, Uncategorized | 2 comments Read related posts in , , , , , , ,

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  • Thanks for this article… for some people it is easy to follow this advice but for many of us it is more complicated than you may think. Some of us can spend time and money buying clothes to help us look better but in the end we still dont seem to get it right…I design and make handcrafted knitwear .. I seem to know what will look good on other women but i do find it ridiculously difficult to know what will look good on me… karen

    — Added by kmombler on March 8th, 2010
  • Hello All, I did leave a comment regarding this article and I do hope it is found somewhere for I absolutely DO NOT agree with this article! Clothes do not make a person, a person makes the clothes. You could be wearing a pair of jeans along with clean hair and nails a smile and loving attitude which brightens the world and you will look like a million bucks. And then you could be wearing Gucci and Prada with a low self esteem (within) and a PMS day-now tell me just how good are you going to look? Do not judge a book by its cover we all know that. Wear what you are comfortable in, what you like and you will shine from within and actually that is what it is all about what comes from “within”!

    — Added by twobrowneyes on March 9th, 2010

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