What Does Image Mean?
Let’s review the two aspects of an image. There is of course the image that you carry around in your mind of yourself. This is generally split into two. The first part of this being that which is reality and what you actually look like, and the second part being that which you wish to look like, your personal ideal if you will.
Then of course, one must consider the image, or view, that we present to society. In a way these two overlap, but often what we present to society is only a fraction of our true self. A shadow of who we really are. Most of the time, the reasoning behind only fractionally revealing yourself is due to the pressures that society has put on us to look perfect, act perfect, be perfect. Flaws are no longer celebrated, or even tolerated, in some cultures.
With that said, why are we talking about it? Well, we are talking about it because we can not escape it. In some cases this is of course ridiculous. That saying from our mothers about not “judging a book by its cover”, comes to mind. But at the same time, it’s sometimes all that we have to go on. Think about it. Our outer look influences every aspect of our lives, often from childhood. The prettiest girls are generally the cheerleaders and the popular kids. Through to adulthood, our outer appearance influences everything from who we date and marry to whether or not we get hired for a job. If one goes into an interview unkempt and with bad body odor, it is highly unlikely that one will be hired to represent that company, even if that company is a garbage removal company. Even garbage men should have pride in their appearance. And no employer wants a slob as an employee. Most employers will think that a person who is not careful about their appearance is surely not going to be careful in their job performance. And certainly our appearance, and ability to take care of ourselves helps us attract mates. We are a visual species. We use all of our senses when meeting people, and choosing friends, mates and colleagues. But first and foremost we use our eyes, even in this electronic age.
So, clearly appearance is important. And clearly we should always put our best foot forward in order to make sure that we find our perfect mate, the right opportunities in life and most importantly, for our own self esteem. YES, how you look affects even how you perceive yourself. New mothers who take the time to do their hair, get dressed, and even put on their makeup are more likely to get out of the house, get some exercise and loose the baby weight faster.
When you look good, you feel good. It’s time to take the dream image of yourself out of your mind and turn it into reality. Does that mean you have to be perfect? No, by no means. What it does mean is that you should do whatever it is that you need to do to make sure that you are happy with yourself, because being happy with yourself has a huge impact on your appearance as well, even more so in some cases than the actual appearance. Confidence has a way of boosting ones appeal and appearance in a way that nothing else can. So what can you do to boost your confidence? Whatever it takes, within reason. Don’t go the Heidi Montag route. But if you have a few wrinkles that make you unhappy, you can certainly treat those with botox. Unhappy with the saddle bags on your thighs that you inherited from your mother and grandmother? Some form of lipo might be for you? Do you need to repair years worth of sun damage? Rejuvenating your skin with a laser treatment might be just the ticket!
Whatever you do, the overriding theme is that it needs to be what you want, and have some tangible benefit for you. Not because you feel compelled to do it. If you want to enhance your appearance with only make up and hair products, and properly fitting clothes, you certainly can. We offer non-invasive alternatives to traditional cosmetic surgery for those of you that are interested in something a little more permanent.
Quote of the day:
“Every decision you make – every decision – is not a decision about what to do. It’s a decision about Who You Are. When you see this, when you understand it, everything changes. You begin to see life in a new way. All events, occurrences, and situations turn into opportunities to do what you came here to do.”
- Neale Donald Walsch