Good looks are like gold
Have you ever wondered why some people in this world seem to have it all? They get the best in profession, the best in relationships and the best in spiritual life. Their life seems picture perfect.
They move with poise and perfection, glitter like gold and they are really gold. But what made them so?
A closer look at them would give you the answer. They have planned it well. So unless you won the lucky sperm contest and came into this world as a ridiculously endowed trust fund baby, you need to learn the system and plan your life well.
As clichéd as it may sound, life is a journey; as with any other journey, if you do not have a map, a plan and a time table, you will get lost. So, let us together build a life manual for the rest of our lives and the first step of that is to look good.
You may be thinking
Has the time come for board of directors to rely on a candidate's facial structure when selecting a new applicant? Perhaps yes. As we comfortably nestle in the 21st century - one thing is becoming strikingly clear - Looks does matter and all that glitters is gold. Gone are those days when it was thought that face was just a façade, today face is a mirror reflection of what your performance is going to be- and not without reasonbecause research has proved that face that exudes confi- dence is the face that would look good.
You look good only when you feel good and the feel good factor is either your confidence or your performance. Slowly it becomes a virtuous circle; feel good leads to look good and in turn look good makes you feel good. Look around yourself and mentally draw a picture of all successful persons in your life. You would find that there is a common denominator that runs through each of them- good looks or the charisma that draws you to them. It has also been proved that pay hikes are also subtly related to the way you present and carry yourself.
It would appear that beauty is in the eye of the paymaster. The question is, however, whether such differences in personal attributes also make a difference in job performance. While these traits do seem to enhance one's selfimage - and leadership success is often connected to such psychological characteristics, research has not yet identified any objective physical traits of leaders that could be used to predict their organisational performance.
Well, now one aspect of appearance has been carefully researched and proven to make a difference: facial structure.
The proof is in the profits
So, for those who have recently entered a new profession or are about to, do think of your growth trajectory, here are a few tips:
Dress your best
Vesture makes such a powerful impact in the work place that it is the first linear step you should take while in a new profession or job. See to it that your wardrobe speaks volumes about your style statement. However, that does not mean that your dresses should cost you a fortune and only brands will speak for you.
True creativity lies in teaming your clothes so that they complement each other. One easy way to save money and yet look and feel good is to invest in accessories that can complement your clothes. And the best of clothes would make you look foolish if you have boot strapped them at the last moment. Do not make your clothes carry you, you need to carry them without drawing too much of attention to them.
Dress to the occasion
A hamartia or grave error that the best dressed tend to commit is they would either underdress or overdress for the occasion. Picture yourself landing up at the office picnic in your latest suit- neck tie. Although you are vesture at its best- you will look quixotic like Don Quixote in his shining knightly armor.
See to it that on such occasions you are dressed in a sprightly casual dress. But beware do not make your clothes scream for you they have to accompany you in a subtle and natural manner.
Wear your own price tag
For those of you who are wondering that the expenditure on your clothes is going to dig a hole in your pockets beware-it is not the price tag. It is You.
You are your price tag. You carry your own value. The day you are dressed up immaculately, positive vibrations around you will make you feel good and you will realize that you are able to solve life's problems in a jiffy. Once you have done that and enhanced your performance you will realize that suddenly you seem to have increased your market value. You are a brand in yourself. You are you, not the usual.
Oh! I am too young to do it, or I am too old to do it or
I am a woman, they won't listen to me. You have graduated to a level where - you have pioneered to do it and you occupy a mind space in your employer's mind and next time he thinks of whom to promote, he will think of you because you started with looks and today you occupy a psychological sense of power that exudes through you. You have become the face of the organisation- A face to love.
Yeah But…All that glitters is not gold: If you are thinking on the above lines, let me correct you, all that glitters is gold. In the corporate world, you are indeed judged by your poise and glitter.
For those of you who have gone on a "yeah but journey of yeah I agree but it is too late now", let me tell you it is never too late to plan your life. Almost every one of us can reclaim his life… Ria- the girl next door already did… how about you? (The writer is a Punjab- based education counsellor with 12 years of experience. She can be contacted at email@example.com )