Love the skin you’re in: Personal Grooming and Image

An excerpt from Standing Tall in a Falling World

featureI am sure you have heard the saying, “Who you are speaks so loudly, I cannot hear what you are saying!”  That is what looking and being the part without saying a word, is all about.   Your personal grooming and image is your personal branding.  Who you are has your signature all over you.  Be confident in your image, don’t apologise for who you are.  It is our individual uniqueness that makes the world such a colourful place.

Wherever you are, go prepared to market yourself before you attempt anything else.

Present yourself well as you walk into your place of work each morning, market yourself brilliantly before you try to sell a customer your product, get yourself a dose of joy before you answer a telephone.  Great personal grooming and a confident image goes a long way to “getting the ears” of the people you meet, and in building a positive expectation.  The greater the expectation you build of yourself into someone, the more of they will want to know of you, and you in turn can respond with even greater levels of confidence.

For people to be comfortable with you, you must be comfortable with yourself.

Stand up straight, shoulders square, and look them straight in the eye when you address them.  Project confidence even if you don’t always feel confident.  Remember this; people always appear more confident than they really are.  Be able to laugh at yourself when you make mistakes, get tongue-tied or lose your train of thought.  This makes you a real human being and it establishes your credibility.

Take the time each day to groom and be the very best you, you can be.

You only have one body, one skin, one heart, and one life.  Use these precious possessions wisely and make the most of them.  Regardless of how serious your ambitions, or how dramatic your dreams, you need a body to get you there.  Whilst the human body is a very powerful machine, and is self-healing and very resilient, it needs our good care to be the finest serving body it can be.

Exercise is of paramount importance in your one life.

Yes, I know it is often difficult to find the time to exercise and work out, but better to find the time now while you have the chance of being toned and fit, rather than being saddled with regret later that you didn’t start years ago.   Even 10-15 minutes a day of moderate exercise can make a difference to the way you feel.  Couple this exercise with a great eating plan – no, not a diet – stringent diets definitely don’t work; but a sound, well-balanced eating plan incorporating foods that contain the natural nutrients your body was designed to digest, can make the world of difference to your life.  Consuming natural and wholesome foods can dramatically change your life from fatigued to fabulous.  We are, after all what we eat.

Love the skin you’re in

Your one skin can either be radiant and youthful or puckered and pruned all the years of your life.  The choice is yours. Water is life and if your skin has needs, water is surely one of them.  A daily sunscreen is another.  Just taking a few extra minutes each day to moisturise and screen your face, could be the most wonderful gift you give yourself each day.  At night, your skin needs to breathe: cleanse, tone and use a light night cream to nourish and rest your skin.  Doing these few small things every day will take years off your skin’s ageing process.  And for goodness sake, cut out the nicotine!  One cigarette devours mega milligrams of Vitamin C, the vital element for creating collagen which gives your skin the elasticity to make you look youthful.
Love the skin you’re in.  Care for it and it will treat you well.
Not all the money in the world can buy you health and vitality but you can take the time today to start doing the all-important things to give yourself the best opportunities to live the kind of life you want to live and to live a life you can be proud of. One decision is all it takes to get a different result in your life.  You may be feeling as though you have tried 20 000 diets and have started exercising a million times over but never followed through with it.  The question you have to answer is, “How much do I want this (new look / healthy lifestyle / beautiful skin / cleaner lungs?)”  To the degree you really want it, is the degree that you will commit to making changes.  Pray and ask God to empower your choices and your ability to stick with the program.  He is all for us living the abundant life, He has given us a future and hope, but let us make sure we do our part to capitalise on the fullness of that abundance.

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