Have a successful ordinary day or How to prepare for success

Isn't it a great feeling when we go to work on an ordinary morning and feel fantastic! We feel as if we are here and now, and we feel secure about ourselves! Like a celebrity walking towards the stage, ready to make a difference in the world and get noticed and celebrated. I have mornings like that now and then and the feeling is awesome! And even if I don't get celebrated like Lady Gaga on that peticular day I feel good inside knowing that I maybe did something good for others. I also have mornings when I feel that I shouldn't have gone up at all but I try hard to decrease the amount of those days. Most of what it takes to feel marvelous comes from inside us and depends on how we feel about our selves. It depends on things like self-esteem and self- confidence. It also depends on whether or not we feel secure and if we have control over our life and over our present situation. But apart from that, it also depends on how we start our day! There are small things we can do and some things we can think about to increase the number of those wonderful mornings! I will give you some easy tips that I practice myself and that hopefully will help you to be your best and look your best, depending on what you want to say or do, during a day.


Make sure to get up in time!
Make sure to get up in time! | Source

Take your time!

This is very important to start with! It is almost impossible to feel pleased with ourselves if we must hurry in the morning because we woke up to late or if our planning is bad. I know it is very difficult to get enough time in the morning during the period in life when we have small children to take care of and help get ready for school. Some mornings when the children are small we can feel lucky if we are able to get to work in time at all! And maybe we will have to let our success wait during those years and instead be satisfied with the feeling of helping our children to a fantastic day instead. Our time will come later when the children get older and some of us also had all time in the world before the children where born. But even if we have busy mornings with children, the morning routine can almost always get a bit better with a bit of planning. If we prioritise to have more time in the morning there is no other way than better planning.

Maybe it isn't needed to have the success feeling everyday either, it is all up to us. But considering the difference it does, I personally think that we should try and get a least one such day every week. The feeling of success will influence us for days and will also make us feel better with ourselves. So, apart from the immediately benefits, it is also a great way to boost our self- image!

Personally I prefer to get up a bit earlier in the morning just to get a chance to be alone. I think it is worth it even if I usually is very tired in the morning. It doesn't have to be a long time, 20 minutes or a half an hour will make all the difference. Some of us need time to get us together, to feel that we are one person, that we are there in both body and soul.

I must also have time for a shower in the morning. Preferable in a subdued light. Sometimes I light a candle in the bathroom instead of using the lamps and let my mind wake up slowly. After that I drink my coffee while I listen to the radio before anyone else wake up and talk to me. Otherwise I feel disturbed and it is difficult to get that wow feeling I am after.

So whatever you do during your time, make sure you are alone if you want it that way and do the things that are important for you. You will notice the difference inside you if you do the things you like and need. Remember that we are all worth it and it is important.

Choose the right clothes!
Choose the right clothes! | Source

How to choose clothes

Mostly we know the day before what we are going to do the day after. Since we have limited time in the morning it is much better to choose clothing in the evening before instead. The reason why we should put some effort in the clothes is not because the clothing are important only for ourselves but also for people around us.


Here are a few tips to consider:

The best way to be accepted is to adapt to the clothing code among them you want to influence.

If you want to get noticed and get listen to within a group that you know; choose clothes that match that group!

If you want to get noticed among new people and want to ”win them over” to your side: choose clothes that match the group you want do influence.

Most of us also tend to feel and look more self confident if we wear something that we like and something that we think look good.


What do you want to say?

You should try and choose clothing depending on what you are going to do during the day and depending on what you want to say. Also think about how you want people to see you. As we all know, different clothing and styles do matter both to us, because we want to wear clothes that match our personality and feels comfortable, but our clothes will also influence people around us. We send out a message whether we want it or not. By making a conscious choice we have the ability to influence the message we send out and also how people around will interpret us.

You will be judged by others by your clothing so how to dress depends on what you want.

If you don't mind what message you send out and if you don't have to get people to listen to you or notice you, you can dress in anything you like. But if it is important that people listen to what you say and you want to be noticed and taken seriously you should put a bit of thought into what you wear.


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Colour

When it comes to colour, you first need to ask yourself how you want people to react on you that day. If you want to be noticed you should choose red, green, blue or yellow. These colours are used in important situations when a quick action is wanted or when there is need for alert for something, like stop signs, emergency exits, warning-signs or traffic signs. These colours are also a well known symbol for fire, control, first aid, warning and so on. So by using these colours you make sure that people will notice you!

Red is a colour that is best used in smaller details. To wear to much red can make you look like a stop sign and also make people notice your clothes more than what you say. So therefore you should use red with some consideration.

Use yellow if you want your surrounding to see you as something vital and lively, like the sun. Even if we don´t consciously think that way, we connect bright yellow colour with something good, with happiness and energy and so on and our reaction will also be more interested and alert.

Green is a more calm colour that make us relaxed and secure. Green is also a symbol for nature and gives a view of someone who is considerate and careful.

Blue colour is very calm and the association with the ocean give us a feeling of calm and endless energy, cool and harmony. Most of us feel relaxed in a blue room so if you dress in too much blue color make sure your message is exciting and not boring! Otherwise you run the risk that people around you will feel sleepy!

Black is a colour that signals danger, power and something forbidden but also sadness and grief. You can read more about the colour black here. If you want people to notice you, but at the same time not associate you with neither danger, sadness or grief you should wear some other colours as well when you dress in black, as a contrast.


Colours that make you more invisible!

If you don´t want to be seen or if you want to be one among others you should choose a colour like grey or brown. Brown associates with dust and something natural and reasonable. Grey can also be interpreted as something important without being outstanding. That is the reason why grey is such a perfect colour to mix with others and depending on which other colour you choose you will get associated with what the other colour stands for but with more maturity and control.

White is a colour that can make you look a bit bigger than you are and it will also make people more alert. But it is also a colour that signals innocents and light.

The colours mentioned above are often the base colour in a wardrobe. Other colours are a mix of the mentioned colours and can signal different things depending on how they are mixed and who is wearing them. Examples on such mixed colours are: purple, lime, turquoise, orange and so on.

It is almost impossible to tell exactly how colours influences people because it differs depending on where on earth we live and what we associate with a particular colour. But one thing is certain: colours do matter and if we think about it and if we are aware of the importance of colours we will stand a better chance to get dressed for success!


A little self-motivation

We are so good at thinking negatively about ourselves. We usually see the things that we think is wrong when we look at us in a mirror. The negative thoughts comes easily and we need no exercise in negative thinking. So you have to consciously do the opposite instead and overpower the negative thoughts. Praise yourself loud in front of a mirror and repeat it as many times that is needed. We can control our thoughts and talking in a positive way to yourself will make a difference in how you feel when you leave your home.

Another way to think of it is like this:

We expect the celebrities and the top athletics to perform the best, every time they enter the scene or enter a competition area. And they do, because they have been practicing and done preparations for days and months. They know that they must perform and be the best version of themselves on that special day.

Most of us don't have an audience like they do, but imagine what would happen if we at least gave it a try and tried to be the best version of ourselves now and then. So, instead of going to work sleepy and dressed in whatever you could find, try and make some of the mornings much different with a little effort.

Be the best version of you

Now, you are ready! You are now the best version of you! Now you will go to work with a feeling that nothing is impossible and also with a feeling that you are a success! And you will also be your best! Since we will act the way we feel we will probably be successful too. And since we feel good we will be kind and spread joy around us. Imagine the difference in the world if everyone felt good about themselves a little more.

The video with the Swedish group Roxette - "Dressed for success" will help you get the right feeling in the morning!

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Cyndi10 profile image

Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

So many truths in your article. Thanks for sharing.


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I enjoyed reading this hub, Tina! It's full of very interesting and useful information. Your advice makes so much sense. It's definitely something that I need to think about in my life!


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DonnaCosmato 4 years ago from USA

Interesting point of view!


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Cyndi10, It is so nice to meet you here and I appreciate your comment with encouraging words!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

AliciaC, Yes it takes a bit of thinking to get the right feeling early in the morning:) It is worth it though and I try to get there as often as I can! It makes such a difference during the whole day. I am always glad to see you and thanks for your support!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi DonnaCosmato! There are too many ordinary days for most of us so I try to make some of my ordinary days special and great! I hope you try it out and see the difference it can make. Thanks for reading,

Tina


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

You've got a winning system there for your mornings Tina. Mornings are the best as our minds are fresh and aren't crowded with the days activities and myriad of thoughts. I didn't know that about brown and gray clothes. Absolutely with the thoughts too, it seems we can pretty much create our day by them more often than not. Thanks for the uplifting advice here, gonna show this to a hard working lady friend. Tack and Happy New Years Tina!


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Alastar, yes I do, but I can´t say that I succeed every morning:) But I try to increase the numbers of great mornings and great days. It is such a waste with our life if we don't make the most of what we have. I love the mornings too, the silence and the piece when no one else are up is very special and makes all the difference. Thanks for coming over and for your comment! I wish you a Happy New Year Alastar!

Tina


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

Very inspiring hub, Tina. Most of us have a big dream to be success and you show me the way to be success. Thank you very much for writing and share with us. Rated up! Happy New Year....Success for you.

Prasetio


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Prasetio! Success can be so many things and also the minor things we do can be a success even if it only will be known by a few in our surrounding! Thank you for your constant support my friend, and I wish you a Happy New Year and a successful 2012!

Tina


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kerlynb 4 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

"Praise yourself loud in front of a mirror and repeat it as many times that is needed." - What a wonderful suggestion! I'm such a pessimist and a person who does not appreciate my own self much :( Now, trying to reassure myself that I am OK, no I mean good, verbally and loudly should make me feel more confident. Have to vote this one up and useful!


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

kerlynb, I am glad you found this useful! And it will make a difference even if it feels funny to stand in front of the mirror talking to yourself:) We will just have to repeat it and replace all those negative thoughts in our brain. Thanks for reading and I appreciate your vote very much!

Tina


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Up, useful, and interesting. Such a well informed article Tina. The list is very important. Time is everything. Time management is so crucial is you want to be successful. Feeling good and confident is important as well. Great tips and know-how. Hope you have a great New Year Tina and best wishes.


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi thelyricwriter, It is often the small things that matters when we will start something and it needs a little planning in the beginning. But once it becomes a routine it goes without we even think about it. And you are so right, time is very important.

It is always great to see you in my corner and I am grateful for your support! I wish you a fantastic 2012,

Tina


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Hi Tina,

Very useful indeed and I know that so many are going to benefit from reading your gem.

I have to give it an up up and away.

Take care my friend.

Eddy.


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acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

Interesting article as always Tina. I am always so fascinated with the tips I learn from you. Thank you.


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Eiddwen, We all have our tricks to make the best of our time and I noticed that this is a great way to start the day! I am so glad if I can help some more to better days! Thank you Eddy, for your warmhearted comment, I do appreciate your visit in my corner!

Take care

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Acaetnna, I hope all your mornings are a success but if some of them are not so good I strongly recommend those tips! We must strengthen our self image and sometimes it helps to fake it to get that wow feeling!

I am always glad to see you, your avatar lights up the comment section! Thanks for being you!

Tina


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Hello Tina ~ This is one of those hubs that I wish would never end. Very refreshing and informative too. I really like the part on colours and their effect on other people. Well done and bookmarking this to read again and again. A big UP!

vocalcoach~


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi vocal! There is so much to say about color so I could go on for ever:)) Most of us know which color we prefer and which colors make us feel comfortable wearing but it is good to think about how colors affect others too. I am thrilled over your kind comment vocal, you are a true friend.

Take good care of yourself,

Tina


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Tina, this is such an interesting and useful article, I work from home now but when I worked in an office, I found the most important thing in the morning was to allow myself plenty of time to get ready, if I had to rush first thing it would put me 'all about' for the rest of the day!

I remember I use to have a red suit, my colleagues use to call it my 'power' suit!!

Thank you for sharing and voted up.


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

MovieMaster, power suit is a very suitable name for a red suit since it is a very strong color and one of the colors that really makes us visible. It sounds like it worked in your case!

Yes, it is important to have plenty of time in the morning, it gives me a much better day and it is worth it even if it means we have to get up a bit early!

Thank you so much Movie M for your vote and the comment, it is great to get an example about this!

My best wishes to you, I appreciate your visit

Tina


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

Great hub! You give very realistic and helpful advice!

I like to wear a mixture of colors, but now that I know black is powerful and dangerous, I may need to go goth! ;)

Voted up & useful!


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Veronica Farkas, Black is a great color and I have to watch myself because I use black everywhere:) Luckily we can use black with accent colors to light things up a bit! Thanks for your kind words, the vote and the up! It is good to know my tips are realistic for others,

Best regards

Tina


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Ingenira 4 years ago

Dear Tina, I appreciate the interpretation of different colour we wear and its appropriateness, since I often have to wear formal. Thank you for great info, it'll be helpful in my job. :)


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Ingenira, I know what you mean and some mornings it is hard to know what to choose! I don't need to be so formal in my workplace but I have to think about how I dress anyway! I have found that this helps me to choose clothes that suites my intention for that day and I hope it will help you too! Thanks for reading and for you comment, I appreciate it very much,

Take care,

Tina


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

What a great hub and oh so true! I always wake up earlier than necessary so I can spend time enjoying the morning before I start working. I love your positive attitude and it is always nice knowing a Svenska Flicka! Great job!


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi billybic! The early mornings are special and peaceful if we just give us time. Every day is a new day and we better make the best of them! Thank you for your comment and I am happy to meet you!

Tina


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

As I am you! Have a marvelous, surprise-filled day!


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Thanks billybuc! I wish you a great day too!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Excellent advice, Tina, and easy to follow. I have a similar system, though most of the times - in fact all the times - my 'mood' picks my clothes for the day. For special occasions, however, I chose my 'best' colors and style.

Voted up and a must read for all who want to make the best of their days.


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Martie, to choose clothes after mood is a great system too, and it works most of the time. At least then, we are in coherent with our mood if we do! For me it works best to choose clothes after my mood if I am happy but not if I am sad or unhappy. On days when I feel miserable I really need something to boost myself with positive energy otherwise I will be a nightmare for everyone around me:) I tend to put more effort on my appearance when I am unhappy because it helps me. We learn what works best for us with time.

Thanks for your support Martie and I wish you many great days!

Tina


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Scribenet 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I agree with all these ideas, especially taking your time! I always have a tendency to pick my clothes by colour...if I feel lively or if I want to be quiet, not so much for making an impression, but I guess I have been doing that. All these hints are wonderful! Voted up and useful! Maggie


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Maggie, it is so good to see you! Yes, I pick my clothes and colors after my mood and what I like also. And we do make an impression with colors even if we didn't plan it, so it is good to think about it now and then:) There are so many things going on between people when we meet besides what we say. Thanks for reading and for the votes,

Tina


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Cloverleaf 4 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

It's funny how colors have such an impact on our day. I always have a brighter day when I wear colors as opposed to black, or grey. Voted up and interesting.


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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

I like the information you shared about the effects various colors have on people! I need to vary my wardrobe, I think! I enjoyed this hub a lot - thanks for publishing it! Voted up!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

great tips, Tina. This reminds me how to beat the Monday Blues ;)

I have tried to address a similar type in a hub...Monday Blues :)

Voted up as useful.


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Sunita-Sharma 4 years ago from Los Angeles,California,US

So true...very nice & interesting hub!


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Cloverleaf, yes I find it very interesting that we are influenced by colors and sometimes without noticing! I think you have found the colors that works best for you, and since you feel better in those colors it will help you to make your day to a success!

Thanks for the votes, I am always glad to see you in my corner!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Marcy, I think the same when I look at the colors in my wardrobe:) Somehow we tend to get used to one or two colors and automatically search for them when we buy new clothes. I found that the best way to get some variation in color is to ask for help in the clothing store, and one member of staff will probably bring you something you normally wouldn't have chosen yourself. I normally pick my own clothes in shops but the last time I asked for help, I ended up in the fitting room looking terrific in bright colors! And I am still happy that I bought those clothes. It was a real eyeopener to me and now I know that I don't know best all the time:)

Thanks for your great comment and for the votes! I appreciate it,

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Ruchira, this is a great strategy for Mondays and I use it:) I don't know why Mondays feels so tough, it should be the opposite really. But for me it is because I realize how short the weekend really is and how much there is left to do that didn't get done this weekend either. I will look for your hub about Monday Blues! Thanks for the votes and the visit Ruchira,

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Sunita-Sharma, thanks for your kind comment. I hope you have many successful days!

Tina

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