Have you ever noticed how much easier it is to relax when you’re wearing your comfy clothes? Have you ever noticed how much more effort it can take to unwind when you’re still in your work clothes?
Every Saturday, Sensei Basche hosts a class to teach the next generation of martial artists the leadership skills they’ll need to excel in this increasingly fast-paced world. His latest leadership class focused on the power of dressing for success. The students who attended wore formal clothing to put them in the right mindset.
Students like Charlotte, one of our blue belts, said they felt more positively about themselves.
We’re All Actors
When you put on an outfit, you’re stepping into a role. Just as Mark Hamill steps into the role of Luke Skywalker when slipping into his tan fabric and blaster belt, so too do you step into the role of a professional when you put on a suit or step into the role of a martial artist when you don your gi.
The clothes you wear affect the way you feel about yourself. A suit can help you think in a more abstract fashion. A set of pajamas might make you feel more tired and boxing gloves might make you feel more powerful. These are ways your clothes can affect how you see yourself, but clothes can also affect how the world sees you.
The Power of Your Clothes on Others
Before a person ever opens their mouth, you have probably already made judgements about who they are based on their appearance. Studies have found that interviewers usually decide whether you’ll get a job within the first 10 seconds of meeting a candidate. Other social experiments have shown that clothing can make people help you more, think you are of a certain social status, or find you more attractive. You never know when you’ll run into your next boss or a new friend. It’s a phenomenal idea to dress well every day because dressing better makes people think better of you.
Starting the Positive Feedback Loop
Putting on nice clothes is the first step to a better day. When you put on a suit, you feel more confident. That confidence then makes others notice that confidence. This makes them treat you better, which makes you feel better.
The next time you’re thinking of wearing shorts and a t-shirt to an event, consider a suit and tie instead. Who knows, you might run into your boss! You’ll feel better about yourself and others will feel better about you.
If you want to feel great, improve your life, or do better at work or school, a class at Basche’s should be your next step! Sensei Basche teaches lessons which can improve or save your life.
April 14, 2023