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Why Looks Matter and 3 Easy Ways to Improve Your Appearance


smileYour appearance is your calling card to the world. What does yours say about you??

I’m not just talking about the clothes you wear – but everything that makes you – YOU.

The entire package. How you look, how you feel and the energy you project when you walk into a room or connect with the people around you.

As someone who has struggled with my-own self-image over the years, here’s what I know for sure:


  1. How you look on the outside, affects how you feel on the inside.
  2. Not feeling good about yourself affects your health, happiness, productivity and success.
  3. Appearance matters, especially when it comes to making a good first impression or landing that job you REALLY want.

It’s a known fact that even before you open your mouth, most people already have sized you up and formed an impression of you. Your job is to decide just what type of first impression you want to make.

Do you want to appear energetic, confident and up-to-date or sloppy, scattered and out-of-touch?

The choice is yours. If you want to get ahead at work and in life, it’s massively important for you to make a good first impression.

As a life coach and trainer I’ve worked with hundreds of individuals who want to find work, get a better job, change careers, get promoted and feel better about themselves.

How you look impacts your ability to accomplish all of these things and much more.

The good news is that you don’t have to look like a supermodel or dress like you’re walking down the Fashion Week runway in Milan, to improve how you look and feel.

Here are 3 simple steps you can take to boost your appearance and confidence starting right now:

  1. Whitening your teeth

About 15-years ago I picked-up my then 9 year old daughter Brittany from school. As I turned on to our street she looked over and asked me this: “Mommy, why are your teeth so yellow?”

You can always count on a child to set things straight! Needless to say her comment got me seriously thinking about the type of impression I was making.

Not too long after that I made an appointment with my dentist to get my teeth looking white and healthy again. It was the best $150.00 I ever spent! Today there are plenty of over- the-counter products that you can use to whiten your smile. My favorite is Crest 3D Whitestrips and toothpaste.

  1. Update your wardrobe, hair and makeup.

Small changes in these three areas can have a big impact on the way you look, how you feel and the impression you make on others. What’s most important here is that you look fashionable and neat. When you look put together, people are more likely to believe you got it together.  If you’re middle-aged and looking for work, you’re competing with a lot of younger people. You don’t want to look out-of-touch. If you’re younger and breaking into the job market, you want to look professional. There’s a lot of good info out there that can help with this. Here are two to get you started:

For the ladies:

For the guys:

  1. SMILE

Les Giblin was an early pioneer in the personal development industry who understood the power of a smile:

“If you’re not using your smile you’re a man with a million dollars in the bank and no checkbook.”  – Les Giblin

Your smile is the most powerful accessory you have. It’s a positive energy magnet that makes you look good and feel good. Smiling puts you in a better mood, reduces stress, makes you more attractive and helps you get the best from others.


Which one of these tips do you think can help you the most personally and professionally? I look forward to reading your comments below.

Until next time, please remember a more positive and happier life is within your reach. It starts by taking small steps. I KNOW YOU CAN DO IT!!

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  • Jacky Donahue August 2, 2015, 11:48 am

    Love this! Your suggestions are spot on! Would add “Dress COMFORTABLY fashionable”. It’s important not to have to think about how you look once you’ve walked out the door.

    • Lina Hollman August 3, 2015, 12:39 am


      Exactly! Glad you enjoyed the post!


  • Wayne Wittman August 6, 2015, 1:16 pm

    Spot on Lina and the links to the make-overs are so good. Out of the 10 item for men, I’m guilty of about 7 of those items. Soooooooooo, its off to the outlets this weekend to change the look. Additionally for number 3, do you know people can see your smile when your talking to them over the phone!! Yep, try it! You’d be surprised on the results.

    Again excellent info this week, keep it coming.


    • Lina August 7, 2015, 1:33 pm

      Sometimes doing the simplest things can make the biggest difference. Smiling does that and doesn’t cost you a cent! Thanks for sharing Wayne!