Here we are celebrating the 74th Independence Dayof India . When I think about India, lot of things comes to my mind; its culture diversity, dynamic history , rich heritage, democracy, unity and so on. But what really stands out for me is the most beautiful attire of the Indian women , “TheSaree” . All outfits are great but nothing can match the elegance of a Saree!
Saree is an epitome of grace and charm for Indian women and looks absolutely stunning on every occasion. The diverse patterns , fabric and colours of sarees represent people’s belief, values and region the person comes from. It has always been indispensable and integral to Indian culture.
“Sarees have received international acclaim in the present times due to their unparalleled charm” and demand all across the globe. It is perfect attire who wants to add style and grace to their lifestyle.
You can see many international celebrities adorning Indian saree with pride. To name a few Madonna, Oprah Winfrey ,Julia Roberts, Michele Obama and many more.
We are born without any preconceived idea about ourselves. As we grow older, we gain experience with ourselves, with our surroundings, and with others. We perceive our bodies and begin to develop ideas about ourselves that impact our lives.
There are six important Development levels, if achieved can lead you to achieve your goals.
PositiveBody Image : This is how you perceive your physical self- the mental picture and ideas you have about your body size, shape, strength,coloration,features, and so forth. It begins to develop early in life and evolve over time. Body Image can be negative, positive,accurate or inaccurate. particularly as we form or perceive this image in comparison with others and in relation to cultural fashion ideals of what is considered attractive and what is not. Some steps which can enhance your Body image:
Explore your personal body image with its strengths and limitations
Confront thinking distortions related to your body
Challenge misleading assumptions about body appearance
Accept and love who you are
Be comfortable with your body
Have positive experience and positive affirmations with your body
When you open your closet and see it filled with clothes, yet feel you have nothing to wear, it’s likely the clothes don’t work for your life style, your personal style, or work together in ways that reflect you the way you want to be seen. The typical tendency is to go out and buy more”stuff”- to buy into the latest “must have” list. The opposite tendency is to stop buying anything, assuming that what you want is not available or cost too much. In either case, seize the moment and overcome the fear of fashion. Look at yourself and your clothes in the light of an objective wardrobe evaluation.
Benefits of Wardrobe Evaluation
Wardrobe Evaluation defines your likes and dislikes, defines your personal style. It helps you in knowing what you need to add or discard from the wardrobe. It helps you make better use of the clothing you already own. It aids in saving your time and energy in shopping, sorting,dressing,cleaning,pressing,repairing and replacing. It will also helps you create and maintain an attractive,healthy self-image, knowing that your clothes enhances your appearance. Think of the functions of wardrobe evaluation as rewards. Experiencing any of these rewards makes the time and effort worthwhile.
Clothes Sorting / Grouping
Clothes you love or like and wear often go in the first groups.
Clothes you don’t particularly like and may dislike, but must wear anyways because they are what you have, make up the second group
Clothes you never wear, regardless of whether you like them or not, belong in the third group.
Metamorphosis (Swati Mathur) in association with Burgeon Training Solutions conducted a workshop on “Changing the way India Learns“.
Learning in an ongoing process, once you stop learning you stop growing. But is that enough? What is important is that you should transform yourself from a passive learner to an active learner. We have seen this transformation from different learning theories which starts from Behaviourism theory move on to Cognitivism theory and then to Constructivism theory.
Learning is a process which brings together your personal and environmental experience and influences for acquiring, enriching and modifying one’s knowledge, values, behaviour, skills, attitudes and world views.
As learning in inevitable, you cannot not learn. We all need to learn and huge part of learning takes place during our academic years. However , nobody formally teaches us how to learn effectively. There are number of techniques which can help us in accelerating learning process.
Pomodoro Technique : Pomodoro technique is one of the Time Management Tools developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. The technique uses a timer to break down task into intervals, traditionally for 25 mins and then relaxation time of 5mins. After fourth Pomodoro take a long break, continue this until calling it a day. This technique is very effective for people who work under strict deadlines and even otherwise also. It has three important elements
How many of us really understand our own emotions? How many of us really know the difference between thinking and feeling? Sometimes when you ask someone “What are you thinking ? and “What are you feeling?” the answer is just the same. It is vital to make people understand the importance of knowing, understanding and managing their emotions.
A person who has high EQ are the once who are more successful in their personal and professional lives. Emotional Intelligence is something which can be developed over a period of time but many a times people do not focus or give importance to.
The ability to recognize our feelings and those of other people, to manage our emotions and actions, and to skillfully interact with those around us are the people who have high Emotional Quotient. People with strengths in EI maintain emotional balance, even amid difficult situations. They understand unspoken emotions and dynamics among individuals or groups. And they cultivate positive relationships personally and professionally, All that makes an effective leader, team member or parent and spouse for that matter. People who lack EI have hard time at work and in their lives. They find difficulty in achieving their goals, lose their temper easily especially under stress. Leader who lack empathy can’t be an effective or a good leader.
“You never get a second chance to make a great First Impression”- Will Rogers.
So why not make some extra effort to make your first Impression work’s in your favor. The four elements of first Impression which helps in creating positive image are Clothing, Grooming, Body Language including Etiquette and Vocal Communication. When you use them judiciously, they help you project the right image and thereby create powerful First Impression. Since First Impressions are formed during the first few seconds of meeting the stranger, they are largely formed on the basis of visual cues. Over 80% of the message you covey is visual in nature therefore visual cues form the critical Elements of First Impression.
The elements that hit the stranger in front of you first are clothing and Grooming. The next element to seep in is your Body Language and Etiquette. Last is the Vocal Communication by which you are judged. Yet, they work in tandem when creating First Impression.
Remember, First Impression aren’t about creating inaccurate impression that are not true to the Inner You, but of keeping away wrong impressions that fail to reflect the Inner You accurately.
How will you know out of these four elements which require greater focus and how can you implement them? Well as I already mentioned about three important factors that influences First Impression i.e You, The Stranger and The Situation, plays a vital role here. More importantly, none of the individual pieces of these Elements live in a world of their own. They are interlinked and all linked to the Inner You, your Inner Life. It goes without saying that a little knowledge is your worst enemy. In such a case ignorance is better than implementing a few and letting the others lie as they are. It is the artist in you who would know how to implement the four elements, not only to create positive First Impression, but also to make sure you don’t send out conflicting signals.
While the ground rules and the technique come from the science, skill in creating powerful First Impression is the Art. Art is about taking what Science has on offer and putting it to use in differing situations. When you use a combination of the artist and the scientist, you will end up creating unique First Impression that turn out to be Lasting Impression. They will not be the replica of all the impressions that others are creating around you.
Take care of the Elements and implement what is right for the Inner You and the Outer situation. You shall automatically project a unique you.
First impressions are not only quick to form , they last forever. You owe it yourself to create powerful First Impression because your success, happiness and fulfilment depends on them.
Every first impression is contextual. It is based on a situation where a stranger in front of you is trying to maximize benefit to herself/himself company and minimizing pain. It also depends on stranger and their perceptions, knowledge and experience. It is what the stranger considers important in the given situation and the characteristics they want to see in you and the way they sees themselves. And the most important factor is “YOU“. What kind of image would you like to portray? Image is your identity, it’s you in the eyes of others.
To create a postive you need to put in extra effort as negative image or impressions are tough to correct.
The unforgiving thing about First Impression is that, once formed, they are imprinted on the brain practically forever, making them lasting Impression.
Once the first impressions are formed there are certain repercussions: