#Trust30 – Image

#Trust30 is an online initiative and 30-day writing challenge that encourages you to look within and trust yourself.

Use this as an opportunity to reflect on your now, and to create direction for your future.

30 prompts from inspiring thought-leaders will guide you on your writing journey.
Image by Matthew Stillman

Mess up your hair. If you are wearing makeup – smudge it. If you have a pair of pants that dont really fit you – put them on. Put on a top that doesn’t go with those pants. Go to your sock drawer. Pull out two socks that don’t match. Different lengths, materials, colors, elasticity.  Now two shoes. You know the drill.  Need to add more? Ties? Hair clips? Stick your gut out? I trust you to go further.  Take a picture.

Get ready to post it online.  Are you feeling dread? Excitement? Is this not the image you have of yourself? Write about the fear or the thrill that this raises in you? Who do you need to look good for and what story does it tell about you? Or why don’t you care?

There has always been a line between your work life and your personal life.

Social media (and being connected almost anytime/anywhere), have gone a long way to blur that line.

If I took a picture such as mentioned above and posted as a goof on my personal Facebook page, I would think that it is hilarious.  But it’s foolish to assume that anything that is online is private or personal (I don’t deny being paranoid)

I don’t think that I (or anyone) needs to walk around everyday looking like they are going to have their head shots taken.

I don’t think that I (or anyone) needs to look perfect or dressed to the nines at the office.

But I do think that the way that you dress and take care of yourself does say a lot about your personality/character.

Now that may be something that you manipulate, or it may be something that you neglect and it harms you in social settings.

If I were meeting (or seeing) someone for the first time and they had mismatched clothes, I would assume that they don’t pay much attention to detail.  Professionally, such a picture would send an incorrect (and negative) image to colleagues, customers, future employers, future employees, etc.


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