You are who you are (or at least I hope you’ve been introspective enough to at least have a pretty good idea). By this time in your life, I would hope you’ve learned that “changing” an adult is a difficult task, and I would argue that in many (most) cases it is not necessary, important, or wise to try to change someone else. We can create a fair amount of chaos in those around us by trying to change others. And boy, oh boy, do we create a great deal of inner turmoil by trying to be something that we are not.
- If you love work, then work.
- If you need to check your email frequently, then do.
- If you need your house/car/office to be clean, then clean it.
- If you need to feel like you look younger, then color your hair.
- If you need to drive a sports car, then ditch the minivan.
- If you need a new image, get a professional photograph.
- If you like beautiful clothes, purchase one perfect outfit.
- If you love to exercise, go for it!
- If you love to read, then read.
- If you need permission to do (just about) anything – consider it granted!
I do have several magic wands that I use in some of my workshops–so imagine I’m waving it over your head right now. Keep your own personal chaos at bay by accepting who you are and working through your strengths (instead of forever trying to fix your weaknesses).
The two best books on this subject are:
- GO Put Your Strengths to Work: 6 Powerful Steps to Achieve Outstanding Performance by Marcus Buckingham
- StrengthsFinder 2.0: A New and Upgraded Edition of the Online Test from Gallup’s Now, Discover Your Strengths by Tom Rath.
Order and read one or both of these books, if you haven’t already done so and see what an awakening (and affirmation) you have.
Regardless of the professional role you may be in (or to which you may aspire), you can deliberately design your professional presence. That’s the first thing you need to know. It is about paying conscious attention to a multitude of factors over which you have total control.
With the Get a Plan! Guide® to Deliberately Designing Your Professional Presence, you’ll discover reasons and specifics about what to do so that you come across to others in a professional manner. You want to be taken seriously, whatever your profession is.