At some stage, people who are looking to maximize their potential and their personal growth recognize they need to make positive mental AND physical changes in their lives. These changes, or transformations, can be major and will take a lot of effort.
I can assure you that the effort you’ll put in is SO worth it. Upgrading your life – creating and manifesting that Dynamic, Intriguing, Vivacious and Authentic person you were MEANT to be – isn’t necessarily going to be easy, but to reach your full potential, inside and out, it’s a journey you MUST take.
If you’re at a point where you’ve made positive internal changes and your self-esteem and self-confidence is stronger, you’ll likely know that your exterior – your visual image – also needs a change. You’re not the exact same person any more – you’ve grown and you are stronger and more focused, and your image should reflect your new reality.
Here’s the question: will you know what changes are needed and how to go about them? If not, consider working with me here at DivaStyle Academy via our DivaStyle Personal Image Program.
Hiring a professional consultant can help you make immediate changes that will give you a positive boost and help you keep moving forward. It’s sometimes hard to let go of the old personal image you’ve lived with for a long time. You get used to seeing yourself in a certain way, dressing in a certain way, and acting in a certain way, and you get stuck in a rut – not because you want to be there, but because you just don’t know where to start.
You’re not committing a crime by living this way, but you are limiting your potential and restricting your chances of being able to love who and what you see in the mirror every single day. I know, because I was there. I didn’t know anyone that I also felt I could trust to help me figure out what my best colors were, how to dress my “right now” body (and not the one I dreamed of having), and how to verbally project my confidence and authority.
I’d been hired as the first-ever Director of Management Information Systems in my home city, and I was one of the youngest Department Heads employed there. The combination of a brand-new, untested position, a fairly new Department Head, and my department being one that was seen as a “mystery” all combined to seriously challenge my image and the way I was presenting myself.
I started my journey with Color – one of the building blocks of Personal Image and one that people can see from a distance. Before people you interact with even have a chance to speak to you, they’ve formed an opinion based on your Visual Impression. Wearing colors that aren’t flattering to you can create a difficult first impression that you’ll spend the rest of your relationship with them trying to overcome.
Next, I had to revamp my wardrobe – my prior work experience was in a significantly larger metropolitan area, and the dress code in my new, lovely small city where I lived was VERY different. Because I’d come from a conservative industry, I had a lot of suits – perfect for that environment, but not as good for a small city Department Head. The reverse can also be true – moving from a “line” job into management can be a challenge to your working wardrobe, as can a significant physical transformation like weight loss. Most people are simply not prepared to adjust quickly to those kinds of changes – and it’s not something we’re taught.
Restyling your wardrobe to match your new inner self can be just as challenging – especially when that new self is much more comfortable being Dynamic, Intriguing, Vivacious and Authentic – exemplifying DivaStyle. Defining DivaStyle for yourself doesn’t have to be hard, but you should be open to recieving guidance – I’m here to provide that for you.
While you friends and colleagues love you and want the best for you (hopefully), providing guidance with significant image changes is probably NOT their field of expertise. They might be just as comfortable with you staying just the way you are – when you make big, noticeable changes, it can have a tendency to make others uncomfortable with changes they think THEY need to be making, and they might try to slow down or even sabotage your process.
While it’s okay to do some research online, be cautious of the results that you find during that process. There will be a plethora of photos, but unless you are a visual duplicate of the “model” or example in the inspiration photos, you will need to adjust what they’re doing to fit you and your specific coloring, your personality, your budget, your profession or business, your lifestyle and your activities.