“An outward sign of inward grace”


You cannot climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure- Zig Ziglar

Have you been to a store, looked at an item’s packaging, and thought it dull, cheap or low quality, then drop it? You’re not looking for any deep chemistry here; just a ride home from what you can see on the outside.

When a product ‘s packaging is attractive -the most likely contender for our eye’s fixation on more luxurious goods- you place a higher value on what you could
possibly get from the inside after purchase.

Now let’s take this one dimension and apply it to the dimension that concerns this article —the art and act of personal appearance/presentation. Most times, people make up their minds on everything about you as an individual just from your appearance. A soul can snag great personality and talent —the raw, hungry kind who are ready to go through hell for the opportunity to snag a win— from the way you dress, your grooming, your mannerism and gait.

Like Dale Carnegie rightly said: We are judged and perceived by others based on: How we look, what we do, what we say and how we say it. Essentially, branding is key.

‘How we look’ has always been the first criteria, and in many cases, the strongest, out of these four.  The effect of this is evident as we see girls continously investing more time, effort and money into makeup and beauty products and guys caring more about grooming, fashion, fitness and their overall health.

There are of course, exceptions to this trend. Some do not pay too much attention to these things. Some feel it is unnecessary and those that care so much about it are twitted or ridiculed, labeling them “vain.” But really, don’t we eat food by its smell or its look before the taste? Whatever information we perceive with the five senses, affects our action.

First Impressions:


It takes 15 seconds to make one, and a longer time to fix one.

You may be an extremely intelligent, focused or hardworking individual, but you go for an interview dressed shabbily with unkept hair and body odor, already looking like a poor schmuck. And like some poor schmuck, the employer will look down on you and say, “it’s a No.”

Or are you looking to impress a girl, and still looking like that? Then just think of the employer’s face when he dismissed you. You are a great person with a great personality but she wastes no time to give you “the hand”.

Looking your best makes you feel confident and self-assured. You feel good, and the admiration and acknowledgement from others will make you feel even better. Hence, taking extra care of your appearance is an effective way of boosting your self-confidence.

Health Benefits:
Taking pride in your personal appearance will foster overall good health and fitness. Being proactive about your appearance will cause you to be proactive about your general health: what you eat, how often you exercise and ensuring you get enough sleep. Taking a little extra effort to look good will pay dividends in terms of your health and fitness as well as in the way you look.

We are rational and emotional beings with corporeal forms. You can’t have one without the other. So why not work towards respecting and accepting both? The value of what you are on the inside is important, but so is what you are on the outside. be an outward sign of your inward grace.

Many, many people have choices on how they dress, and what they choose to wear reflects at least a small portion of their inner lives. Since we’ve got to get dressed anyway, we might as well do it expressively and in ways that feel good.



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