Get up from your seat. Look at yourself in the mirror. What does what you have on say about you? What does it say about your values? What does it say about your feelings toward success? Not sure about what the message of your attire says about you? Take it off.

What I am doing is opening the door to the clearer, more positively influential picture of you. Feel excited. I’m welcoming you to the boutique of the amazing view of you. Come on in. Have a seat. First, let me start with a story of my own.

Awkwardly fitting sweats and over-sized t-shirts used to be my daily attire. This was easy and absolutely cozy. At that time, I didn’t want to make a fuss and certainly didn’t want to appear vain. I just wanted to roll out of my bed, cover my body and carry on with my day. I guess you could say I didn’t really care. Ouch. What I didn’t realize is this is how people felt when they saw me—that I didn’t really care. Unfortunately, what I had on said the truth about me—I didn’t really care what I had on when I rolled out of bed. To top it all off, I realized it said I didn’t care how the people around me felt either.

Research has shown:

– What we wear is representative of who we are and how we feel

– When we dress confidently, we feel more confident

– Dressing well shows that you appreciate what you have

– The way you dress affects your success

– Dressing well shows that you care about who you are, where you are, and the people around you

After realizing my mistake, I spent a Saturday morning cleaning out my closet. If I didn’t love the outfit I saw, I added it to an “out-of-the-closet” pile. If it didn’t fit, I added it to the pile. If it I hadn’t worn it in more than a year, I added it to the pile . And if I knew the pants were too short, I learned how to adjust the hem. I then took all of the cool stuff from the out-of-the-closet pile to the women’s shelter in hopes that there were clothes that someone else would look like fire wearing. I took all of the raggedy clothes to the garbage.
Moving forward, when I shop, I have to love the outfit and feel confident in it before I buy it. If I don’t feel good in it or if I even second-guessed it, I don’t waste my time—I don’t buy it. Now when I get up, even on sleepy days, it’s so easy to get dressed. I know for sure that what ever I picked out of the closet would look good on me.
Now it’s your turn. Take it out. Take if off. Take the nice clothes you don’t want to someone who will wear them with confidence, and throw the worn out clothes away. Now, every morning, get dressed like you never have before. Send those unspoken words of confidence and credibility to everyone who sees you. Feel you, feel comfortable and feel confident. Most of all – be you, be comfortable, be confident.