2013 is here gentlemen! The new year has always been a time for looking back at the past, but more importantly, forward to this coming year.. Many have taken up new years resolutions. Some to improve their physical fitness, quit smoking, quit drinking, learn something new or even to help others. These are all great changes to make. I have another great resolution... to improve your personal style.
Some say men are resistant to change but I don't believe this is true. We love to travel and try new foods, we purchase new cars and homes, transition our relationships from dating to marriage, and take on the role of father. We men embrace change, and in most cases seek it. The problem is the uneasiness many men feel during the transition. And the longer the transition period takes, the harder it is to change.
So how do you go about changing the way you present yourself as painless as possible? Here are steps to establish a successful wardrobe transformation.
1. Make a commitment to change your personal style
Once you are sure you want to step up your personal style, make a commitment to this change. Commitments are made in various ways, but one of the most powerful ones I have seen is when a man verbally tells those close to him that he is going forward with the change.
2. Eliminate Barriers to Change
Oftentimes we sabotage our own efforts to institute change. So remove those small obstacles that might trip you up. Example, lay out your clothing the night before. With having everything neatly arranged and coordinated there is no thinking or looking for misplaced items in the morning. Even if you are running late, it’ll be quick and easy to dress sharp in minutes.
3. Change your mindset
Dressing professionally can lead to stronger and more positive first impressions. However, emotionally we can resist trading in our jeans and polo shirts for dress pants and sport jackets because we are worried how our colleagues will react to our appearance. Why not take this approach, instead of dressing sharp to increase your chances for a promotion, dress well because you want your wife, significant other, son or friends to see you the way you see yourself, as a man with great potential. The stimulus of dressing as a positive example for your family and friends can be more powerful than that of a potential pay raise.
Transforming your personal appearance isn't difficult; its our unwillingness to address the transition analytically. Once you have committed to dressing better, a plan of action combined with the proper mindset is more likely to succeed.