I know that we have at least one thing in common. When we meet someone for the first time, whether it is on the phone or in person, we pick up a feeling from that person. That feeling is known to all of us as a first impression. How important is a first impression? You’ve heard it said that it’s everything! Why? Have you asked yourself that question before?
A first impression is important, very important, because you may only get that one chance. You might be thinking “So what!” I want to share with you what I know. Everything happens for a reason – that’s just one of the Laws of the Universe, cause and effect. You could want something really bad and you think you have everything lined up to get it, when you meet Joe Blow on the street and you start talking, but you’ve had a particularly bad day and you come across as a “jerk”. You may not be a jerk normally but you make a “bad” first impression. Joe Blow does not want to talk to you, he listens for a bit because he’s a nice guy, then finds a way out. You later find out that Joe Blow was the guy who could make your dream come true, that was your break and you blew it. You had a chance meeting and your first impression MAY close that door permanently.
So how do you and I consistently make a great first impression? Now that’s a million dollar question! Here’s my answer. Have a good attitude regardless of what’s going on outside. Treat everyone you meet as the most important person. Bring out the good in others by telling them what’s good about them. Take responsibility for your actions and most importantly do more than is expected of you.
I would like to encourage you to really think about applying my answer to the situation I described when meeting Joe Blow. Have a good attitude, treat him as he was the most important person, notice something good about him and tell him so, own what is happening to you without placing blame on the situation and then do more for him than he expects of you. Would he brush you off so quickly? You and I know that he would not. Even if he was in a hurry the door would still be open to you.
Control the only thing you can control – what is going on inside of you. Your thoughts cause your feelings, your feelings cause your actions, your actions give you the results in your life.