Most people realize the importance of this quote:
You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.
— Will Rogers
Another famous thought that we all can complete is…. “Don’t judge a book by ___ _________.”
Will is dead on right. Unfortunately, many people do judge books — and other people — by the cover. More specifically, people judge by their first impressions.
If you want to make an impact, if you want to influence people, if you want to leave a legacy by making a difference, first impressions matter. Second impressions matter too — you have to prove your integrity — but I believe first impressions matter most. What’s fascinating to me is that there appears to be a way that you can improve your chances through your body language.
Please watch this thought-provoking video by social psychologist, Amy Cuddy. Her research on body language indicates that we can change our own body chemistry and other people’s perceptions simply by changing body positions. If true, the potential is awesome for any stressful moment, such as walking into a job interview, or auditioning for a part, or in any situation where you consciously want to make a great first impression.
What a great lesson to teach your kid. He or she isn’t going to get this lesson in high school.
I.M. Optimism Man