It may seem illogical, but people can take specific actions to define themselves, especially when trying to stand out from others. Make sure that what you are like on the outside is a deliberate choice on your part. There is no reason at all for anyone to allow what he or she is like on the outside to be left to chance or accident.
Helping yourself to be deliberate specifically involves using a certain amount of psychology. Don’t worry, this is something you can do on your own. You don’t necessarily need prescription drugs or medical specialists. The psychology works best if you ask yourself some difficult questions to test whether what you look like on the outside is deliberate or accidental:
Are you going out in public today with clothing that you deliberately chose with rips and tears in the fabric?
Did you choose to embed that shiny metal ring through your nostrils?
Are you walking out into the world today having made the deliberate choice not to wash your hair?
Did you choose to allow your breath to smell like you ate rotting meat an hour ago?
There is a point to these absurdly ridiculous questions: Every element about your outward appearance comes down to a choice on your part. And, whether you chose it or not, people are going to perceive that you made the choice. Read more.
This post also appears on Ned Lundquist’s Job of the Week website.