Posted November 6, 2013 by in Features

Runway vs. Run Away – What Does Your First Impression Say About You?

Have you ever been in a crowded place and then you notice someone from across the room? Their smile….their hair….or their colorful shirt captures your attention for a brief moment in time. What thoughts come to mind? Good ones I would guess. Most likely these brief encounters leave you with a positive perception about who that person is and how they present themselves. These are first impressions and they leave a lasting image in your mind. You form first impressions about other people. And guess what? They form them about you too. The question to consider is what impression you leave on others.

It’s important to consistently present yourself in a matter that represents the best you. This is true of days when you have school or work and also on days when you are relaxing. It’s imperative to always look your best at all time because I used to distinguish between how I looked going out versus how I looked running errands, thinking that the latter didn’t matter. When, I was about 24 years old, I had an endless supply of sweatshirts, sweatpants and hoodies from college. Too big, too small, faded, shrunken – it did not matter – I would wear them to run errands on Saturday. “No one will see me,” I reasoned. “I’m just running to the store…..it’s not like I look like this Monday through Friday.” And it never failed that I would run into a co-worker and find myself trying to explain why my baseball cap was covering the hair I didn’t really do and the make-up I never really put on. Impressions matter and they leave you with a perception of another person. Jennifer Covington, a Life Coach and Founder of Destiny Discoveries, says “The journey to becoming the best you, starts with giving your best in everything you do.”

I’m not saying that on any given day you have to look like you just got off the runaway, but you don’t want to make someone want to run away either. This is especially important for folks looking for that special someone. Image consultant Nancy Dumont, says, “The way you look and dress announces the outcome other people can expect from you. It also announces how you feel about yourself, and you’ll be treated accordingly.” Thus, someone could be interested, but perhaps you presented yourself didn’t represent your true self. So, make a promise to yourself and don’t leave the house in anything else than you would want to meet your future spouse in. Because they might end up in your presence, but a bad presentation could end the pursuit. First impressions matter.

D.S. Coleman is the Author of Why Dating Sucks & How Courtship is Better, a step-by-step guide to love and relationships from a Biblical perspective. She is the founder of Courtship Challenge, a movement that focused on inviting God in your love life. Find her on twitter: @courtship101.

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