Building Blocks of Success: Strategies to Project Yourself Successfully

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Do you know what you project to others daily or how you make them feel? Self-awareness allows you to present a successful YOU for a meaningful and productive day.

Mastering the Art of Success: How to Project Yourself

A big part of self-awareness is getting to know yourself inside and out. The more conscious we are of our strengths and the areas we need to improve, the stronger and more confident we become.

Marshall Connects article, Building Blocks of Success: Strategies to Project Yourself Successfully

Digging deep and knowing what makes you tick is essential but complex. We're often very good at observing others. We may even tell others how to improve their daily routines or health regime, but often, when it comes to ourselves – not so much! We quickly forget how first impressions affect how others feel and how much of a lasting impact that has.

Being Aware Of How You Feel Is Critical

Whether verbally expressed or not, your emotions are projected through how you present yourself. Your physical presence is always a good indicator of how you feel. Even though self-awareness is typically an internal process, there are signs you project externally, like your facial expressions, posture, demeanour, clothes, and hair, which ultimately affect your success. 

These signs demonstrate your mood and how you feel. As self-awareness deepens, you realize that mood, emotion, and action are tightly connected. Understanding your present emotional state is crucial to monitoring your behaviour and public character. Considering you are projecting yourself as if in a fishbowl being observed by others continuously. Consequently, you want to put the right foot forward every day to create meaningful, lasting impressions. 

You can project yourself purposefully or allow your moods and feelings to manage your overall success. 

Ensure you take the time to check yourself each morning before it sets the success of your entire day. You can project the best version of yourself by improving your self-awareness.

How To Create A Successful Day

I always encourage my coaching clients to consider practising some of these strategies for success:

  • Set your alarm to wake up 15 minutes earlier than you need to.
  • Open your eyes and begin practising mindfulness by focusing on something you are grateful for.
  • Think about your family and friends and find something that happened that made you smile.
  • Hold on to that smile and feel it. Now, think of something that happened recently in your professional life and continue to smile.
  • Look at your day with your cup half full by thinking of everything you look forward to doing.
  • Visualize your day unfolding with many positive opportunities.
  • Gently get out of bed and begin to prepare for your day.
  • Before leaving home, consider how you feel and your facial expression, posture, demeanour, clothes, and hair.
  • Ask yourself how you want to project yourself to the world.
  • Drive, ride or walk to work with a smile and project a positive outlook for the day.
Continue your success by being grateful for what you have and anticipate only positive opportunities. Project the person you want to be to create an impression that embodies success. 

You always want to be the best on your journey to excellence, and you have the power to be awesome each day – in the absolute sense of that word. Check yourself each morning to ensure you put your best self out there. As you improve your self-awareness, you strengthen your emotional intelligence. Consider an EQ-i 2.0 Assessment.if you're interested in learning more about your emotional intelligence. 

This article was originally published on March 2, 2017, and has been updated (July 2023).

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