By now you know how important physical appearance is to your personal brand identity. Consistently looking your best will impact how you show up and how others treat you. However, your wardrobe choices will only get you so far if you’re not also in the right state of mind about where you are and where you want to go.
Mindset is a hot topic these days. And for good reason! Every thought you think and every word that comes out of your mouth will dictate how you react to situations. If you’re saying, “I can’t” all the time, then guess what? You’re right. You can’t, and you won’t.
Why Do We Do This?
As children, we learn what to think and how to feel about ourselves from our family members, teachers, and friends. Our parents are supposed to encourage us to develop our talents and go after our dreams. However, too many of us grow up in households where we’re teased, ridiculed or unfairly criticized. Words used to communicate with you as a child are the words you’ll use to communicate with as an adult.
If you don’t have someone to turn to for support, adverse childhood experiences can leave an indelible mark on you as you age. Some can process these experiences and grow up to be happy, healthy and high functioning adults. For others, these traumas can negatively impact how we show up in our relationships in work and at home.
Yes, the past molds you for the future, but it doesn’t have to dictate who you are and where you’re going. Bringing childhood issues to the surface where you can deal with them openly makes it possible for you to step into your greatness and develop a personal brand that’s in line with who you truly are.
Changing Your Mindset
Shifting from a negative to a positive mindset doesn’t mean coming out guns-a-blazing, demanding that other people take you seriously. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. What matters is that you develop the confidence and self-respect that your family and friends never fostered in you as a child.
Beginning this process is as simple as standing up straight, looking at yourself in the mirror and repeating the phrase, “I can, I will, I am.” Each time you say these words, you rewire the pathways in your brain that are keeping you stuck in negative patterns of thinking and behavior.
Next, ask yourself how you’d like to be perceived by your friends and colleagues. If you can show up in a way that represents who you are on the inside, you’ll be able to deliver your message so that other people will genuinely hear you.
Check yourself before you leave the house every day. Don’t just look at your outfit, look at your attitude. Is your smile on straight? Remember, smiling releases endorphins and makes you happier. It’s also your invitation into any room you want to enter.
If you’re interested in learning more about hose you can shift your mindset, enhance your personal brand and develop yourself a s successful leader, I’m hosting a one-day leadership event on Thursday, September 27th at the Hilton Garden Inn in Shoreview, MN. Sign up today!