A great coat really finishes off an outfit. And having a great coat is an important part of dressing well for the office. I know you take your coat off in the office. But think of the times you meet someone for lunch, have an appointment to meet a customer, or go on an interview. Having a polished look requires having a good looking outerwear piece. Even if you are just riding down the elevator with your boss. You always want the whole picture to be complete. The lucky thing is that there is so much effort on the part of manufacturers to make great coats that their are lots of choices.
I know that shopping for clothes for work is expensive. You want to buy the best quality you can afford in order to look professional. You also don't want to wear the same thing everyday. You need to have variety. Yet money is tight. Well there is a new shopping experience in town. Flash Sales!! Flash sales are limited-time sales featuring designer brands at bargain prices. There are many flash sales sites and more are being added all the time. Some of the top sites are: Rue La La, Haute Look, Ideeli, Gilt, and Beyond The Rack. You need to be a member. But, that dosen't seem so hard to do. You can either have a friend recommend you or just contact them and I am sure they will send you an invitation.
Many great brands have merchandise on these sites. From Calvin Klein to Esprit bargains to be had by all.
Tony Robbins, the self improvement guru, came up with the acronym "CANI" which stands for Constant And Never-ending Improvement. According to Tony making small incremental improvements everyday, will over time, have a big impact on your life. Think about it. It is like compound interest in a bank account. Each deposit you make creates interest. Each increase in your bank account that comes from interest creates more interest. As Albert Einstein said, “The most powerful force in the universe is compound interest”. Create that kind of compound interest in your life.
In the book "The Magic Of Thinking Big" (that I blogged about yesterday) there is a is a person, Dr Schwartz the author, talks about. She is a former student of his who opened up 4 hardware stores in 4 years when her competitors were struggling with one. The main thing she attributed to her success was her self-styled "weekly improvement program". During the week she would jot down ideas as to how she could improve her business. Than every Monday evening she would set aside 4 hours to review the ideas she jotted down and figure out how to put the solid ones to use in her business. So how can you design and implement your own personal improvement program? Think about ways you can create improvement every day. In her case she planned it once a week. Maybe in your case it is once a month.
Ben Franklin had a self improvment program. He made a list of his most important values. They were as follows.
1. TEMPERANCE. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
2. SILENCE. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
3. ORDER. Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
4. RESOLUTION. Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
5. FRUGALITY. Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing.
6. INDUSTRY. Lose no time; be always employ’d in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
7. SINCERITY. Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
8. JUSTICE. Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
9. MODERATION. Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
10. CLEANLINESS. Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or habitation.
11. TRANQUILLITY. Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
12. CHASTITY. Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.
13. HUMILITY. Imitate Jesus and Socrates.
Every month he would concentrate on a different value and work hard to improve in that area.
Come up with a plan that works for you. It could be the hardware owners plan, Ben Franklin's plan or one that you develop yourself. By always improving you will reach goals and have the successful life you envision for yourself.