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10 Reasons Why Well-Groomed Men Are More Successful At Work

10 Reasons Why Well-Groomed Men Are More Successful At Work

Someone once said, “It’s what’s on the inside that counts,” and rightfully so. However, the old adage “You only get one chance to make a first impression” is also equally true.

So, how you appear to others is as important as how you really are. Appearance is the first opportunity for you to appeal to others and, in some cases, the only opportunity. Therefore, you should be thoughtful about presenting yourself.

Here are some reasons why well-dressed men are more likely to succeed at work.

1. They feel extra confident about themselves.

Well-groomed men feel extra confident about themselves and fully realize their potential and abilities. This is primarily because they know that they are looking their best in terms of their appearance.

Confidence is the key to success in all walks of life, and career is certainly part of that. Trusting yourself fully to get a job done means almost half of that job is already done. This applies to men at work equally.

Confident men have that sense of self-control and killer instinct that sets them apart from others, which helps them perform well in each and every aspect of their work.

2. They radiate a sense of self-esteem.

Knowing you can get things done and being in control isn’t enough in this judgmental world. You’re being judged at every step you take, whether you accept it or not.

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You have to be able to reflect clearly that you completely believe in your abilities. And, well-groomed men just do that. They glow with a sense of self-esteem about themselves and that helps a lot in their careers.

No one likes to trust someone who has doubt in themself. As well-dressed men visibly present their self-assurance, they have a great advantage over those who don’t care about dressing themselves particularly well.

3. They can make lasting impressions quickly.

Careers are really unforgiving. There are so many occasions where you get only a single chance. And at times, those are half-chances only. You don’t get a second chance to make up in case you make mistakes.

Making impressions is very important in business. Appearance is regularly used as the first filter. This is even more the case when there’s no clear idea about an employee and his organization’s profile.

As well-dressed men are more confident and more likely to be held in high regards than those who aren’t very well-dressed, they can make lasting impressions very quickly. This puts such men in better positions to succeed at work.

4. They augment their physical attractiveness.

All of us are more interested in things that are attractive than those that are unattractive. This applies to human relationships as well. People like to be associated with better-looking men and women, and that’s a fact.

Having a proper dress sense helps a lot in being more attractive and appealing. A man looks much better when he’s properly dressed compared to when he isn’t dressed particularly well.

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With their better physical appearance, well-groomed men are more likely to make better impressions and be held in high regards by others. This goes a long way in helping them have a rewarding career.

5. They are more likely to draw positive attention.

With their high level of confidence and self-esteem, as well as physical attractiveness, well-groomed men are much more likely to draw positive attention from others than those who aren’t well-groomed.

The ability to gather attention quickly from others is a highly important asset in professional sectors. This helps one start ahead of others and create valuable impacts in their vocation.

Well-groomed men are more likely to create lasting impressions and communicate their ideas better, by drawing and keeping positive attention from others. This puts them in a position of significant competitive advantage over others at work.

6. They are trusted to best represent themselves as well as the organization.

Success comes in all kinds of shapes and styles. There are certainly work cultures that don’t put too much emphasis on how you dress, and there are people who have succeeded without caring much about their attire.

However, many executives and organizations in the industry rate dress sense in high regard. Elegantly dressed men are more likely to be trusted to represent the organization in front of clients, associates, and competitors by seniors.

Because of the trust put upon them by seniors, well-dressed men have better opportunities to lead the organization and showcase their potentials, facilitating them to move up the organizational ladder more swiftly.

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7. They exhibit better personal hygiene and care.

Grooming yourself well doesn’t just mean putting on the best-looking suit or the most expensive attire. It also means covering yourself in dress that is spotless and that makes you comfortable as well.

Men who dress well display a top level of personal hygiene. They demonstrate that they are able to take good care of themselves. This is a very important aspect in any work environment.

Colleagues and superiors probably won’t enjoy working with someone who is wearing dirty shoes and has bad body odor. So, well-groomed men are adored by co-workers and bosses alike—this is a valuable gain at work.

8. They look and appear more mature.

Mature-looking men are much more likely to succeed at work. This is because they have an aura of wisdom about them. They seem to have years of experience under their belts and are better trusted to work in responsible positions within the organization.

Well-presented men are at an advantage in this front as well. Dressing well and keeping yourself up to date with the latest trends is doubly advantageous—you don’t look either extremely young or extremely old, but have a healthy balance of maturity.

With this perfect look, that is the right mix of youthful vigor and seasoned wisdom, well-dressed men are valued highly in an association.

9. They fit better into the organization.

Most organizations put great emphasis on proper dress code and value well-groomed employees. With all your fellow workers dressed elegantly, it makes sense to put on the best outfit possible.

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So appropriate dress sense is helpful for employees to fit in with their organization as well. You wouldn’t want to appear in the office in half-pants and sandals when everyone else is formally dressed.

Fitting right into an organization is very useful to success. Of course, dressing well isn’t enough and well-groomed men also have to blend with the culture, environment, and philosophy of the workspace, but learning to dress up for work helps their case a lot.

10. They stand out in the crowd.

By virtue of their self-confidence and ability to draw out positive attention from others, well-dressed men stand out in the crowd. This is correct for all occasions and holds true for the office space as well.

With fierce competition from all around, from both within the organization as well as outside, there are very few opportunities to make an impact. And, well-presented men make the best use of every opportunity they get.

Well-groomed men make a solid personal statement and announce themselves loudly at the podium. With their matured look and ability to make lasting impressions quickly, they stand an inch apart from others and are at a better position to succeed at work.

Featured photo credit: A Well Dressed Man via flickr.com

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How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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