Making REALIZATIONS Instead of Resolutions
At the beginning of the year, many of us made resolutions to do things differently. My resolution? To change the narrative and make REALIZATIONS instead of a RESOLUTIONS. What’s the difference? Maybe it’s semantics and maybe its outlook. Either way, I’m proposing that you make 2017's realizations (an act of becoming fully aware of something as a fact) into 2018's REALIZATION (the fulfillment or achievement of something desired or anticipated.)
First things first, how did first quarter turn out for you? Did you reach your goals? Did you get the new job, the new business, the new contacts? Did people understand your purpose, your message, your abilities? Were you able to grab people's attention long enough to be successful? So many questions and, I'm sure, many different answers. What realization(s) are you making when asking yourself these questions?
Hopefully your first realization is that what you've accomplished so far this year, is just that . . . an accomplishment. Be proud, thankful and confident about that!
If you’re like most, your next realization is that there’s room for improvement and clarification in your path to success. What is it that you’re really trying to accomplish? What is it that you want to be known for? What changes need to be made to get there?
Everyone's path to success differs, but the foundation remains the same: a confident and authentic image. Have you thought about what message your image is sending? If you’re unclear, chances are so is your audience; which may lead to missed opportunities and closed doors. That’s a huge realization!
Here’s another realization for you . . .
Seven (7) seconds . . . that’s how long you have to make a positive and lasting first impression. Now, you may be saying, “So what? I can always change their mind!” It's not quite that easy. Science shows that once an impression is made, we tend to look for ways to support our initial impression (whether we’re right or wrong). This, my friends, is confirmation bias and it can be a game changer: good and bad. What can you do? Make confirmation bias work for you, not against you, by taking control of your image narrative (how you dress, behave, communicate; even your digital footprint matters).
What do you think? Is an up-to-date, confident image the secret ingredient you've been missing? What REALIZATIONS are you planning for the remainder of 2018? Share now on Facebook or Twitter (#2018realization)
Are you ready to take control of your 2018 REALIZATIONS? Schedule your complimentary discovery call.
Cheers to 2018!
As the founder and owner of The Business of Image, Karyl Eckerle is an expert at helping others stand out by creating an authentic and confident first impression. A certified Corporate & Personal Branding Consultant with over 15 years of experience in retail, sales and staffing, Karyl brings unique insight into the power of image and personal branding.