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5 Style Tips To Stand Out Among Your Peers

5 Style Tips To Stand Out Among Your Peers

The desire to be noticed by peers is a natural human tendency. Your style – the way you dress up, the way you carry yourself out, the trends you follow- plays a key role in helping you stand out in a crowd of faces. Also, it tells a lot of things about your personality.

Simply following the overused fashion trends or wearing expensive clothes will not help you get a distinct style. However, a few simple, yet effective, tips can help you get your mojo.

Here are 5 style tips that will make you stand out among your peers.

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1. Be yourself.

Why be a second-rate version of anybody else when you can be the first rate version of yourself? Nothing will help you stand out of the crowd more than your originality and authenticity because there can be only one you. Everyone has their own belief, way of thinking, mind-set and experiences that shape his style.

However, self-doubt and fear of disapproval drive many to abandon their ways and follow what everyone else is doing. Imitating others will make you just another face in a crowd. Break free from the conformist approach to fashion and let your style reflect your individuality.

2. Be bold.

If you want to express your personality through fashion, you will have to be fearless. When you try something different, at first, you will have to overcome your fears of rejection. Then, you have to face people who do not approve of your fashion sense.

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Let’s face it; you can’t please everyone. The way you dress, the way you carry yourself will rub some people the wrong way. People have a habit of criticizing what they do not understand. Do not let the naysayers determine your style. You can and should have your own style. In fact, explore and experiment with different styles that may be completely non-conventional to find something that you prefer.

3. Keep an open mind.

Open-mindedness help you see things from a different perspective, understand others, find opportunities, and learn from others. The benefits of having an open mind can be very helpful in defining your style. There are several styles that you should explore and determine what suits your personality.

Who knows, you may be a goth or punk or any other alternative fashion enthusiast, yet to discover your true calling. Even if you are not awed by a particular style, you can always draw inspirations from it to incorporate into your own style.

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4. Keep up with recent trends.

Fashion is forever evolving. What worked yesterday, may not work today. Take the bell bottom trousers for example – a highly sought after apparel at its pinnacle in the 60s and 70s, hardly anyone wears them nowadays. As society changes, so does fashion.

Changing trends reflect the changes in people’s taste. Similarly, your sense of fashion changes as you garner more experience in life. Keeping track of the latest trends will help you redefine your style. While it is not absolutely necessary to follow every new trend, which is impossible, you can emulate the ones that you like.

5. Wear your confidence.

Your attitude when wearing an attire can make a significant difference on how you look. You can wear a very beautiful dress, but if you can’t carry it with confidence, it will not look good on you. On the other hand, even an average dress looks fabulous on people who wear it confidently.

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Just look at Lady Gaga. Her dresses may be very weird, but she wears them with such self-assuredness that people are in awe of her. In contrast, picture a girl uncomfortably wearing high heels. Her awkward strides will only draw winces from people seeing her. The role of confidence on your personality can’t be overstated. If you are unsure about your outfit, do not wear it.

Do not wear an uncomfortable dress just because everyone is wearing it or because it really suits your friend. Similarly, when you don an attire, trust yourself and wear it confidently. Remember, it is okay to have your own style as long as you are confident with it.

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

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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