We have all heard the adage, The Grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. This is usually a prompt for some kind of personal or professional change. However, I think the phrase is a bit incomplete, my take on the phrase is this: “If the grass seems greener on the other side of the fence, then it’s time to fertilize your lawn”.
Many of us see others’ success or progress and wonder why we aren’t sharing in that success. We all have the opportunity to improve our own lives, our own position and our own outlook by making some personal changes that can have a great impact on our situation.
It’s the little things that can make a big difference. Attitude, how we conduct and present ourselves, or how we act or react in different situations can “fertilize our own lawns”. There are little things that we can improve upon in our own lives that enable success both professionally and personally. Little things like posture, appearance, attitude and presentation.
I feel the most important indicator of attitude is the type of first impression an individual creates . We all understand how to dress professionally, but a strong first impression goes well beyond our attire. The overall first impression goes much deeper than that. Posture, a firm hand shake, strong eye contact and the correct body language all play integral parts in making a good first impression.
When you meet someone for the first time, whether it be an interviewing manager, a business source, a customer or anyone on your own team, impress them with your full attention. Shake their hand while looking directly into their eyes. Repeat their names and commit it to memory. In one way or another, these people will be impacting your success. Treat them like a first date with a long time crush. Looking good is important, but the overall appearance is much more than a clean suit or a straight tie. Details play a major role in a successful first impression, and it’s the little things that can give you the edge.
Making a strong, positive first impression can lay the ground work for a productive and rewarding experience as a contracting consultant. Not only will it reinforce the decision to bring you on to the team, but it always builds the platform for success, both immediate and long term. You will not only enhance your own standing within the company, opening more doors and a better future, but you will also reflect well on those representing you.
In the end, you will all see the benefits of making the right first impression.