We’ve all heard the saying you have one chance to make a first impression. I’ve been thinking about this mantra a lot lately. First impressions are at the top of my mind as I prepare to complete and release my debut self-development book on happiness.
My happiness book is a passion project for me. I worry about it being the best it can be and doing what I intended: to help people find happiness. I have no control over how it will ultimately be received, its first impression. But I have all the control over what I put into it, including my happy energy.
In writing and in life, I strive to make an excellent first impression, second, third, etc. For me, it isn’t as much about the exterior (although people naturally judge a book by its cover, literally and figuratively), but the interior. To shine from the inside out, I must choose how I will show up in life, whether I’m interacting with someone for the first time or one hundredth.
People are flawed; we make mistakes. We have struggles, and life isn’t always easy. I’m not exempt from any of those challenges, and I work really hard to make choices that help me move toward a happier life. Being proactive (taking action on purpose) versus reactive (only responding to what happens to me) puts me in control of my life and makes room for happiness.
I believe this is just as important for books as for people. I personally spend MANY hours of my life reading books and listening to audiobooks. Taking care of the story from the inside out is noticeable. It makes readers fall in love with the book and the author.
Whether we’re interacting or you’re reading my books, my goal is to make a happy first impression every single time. I promise my books will have the heart and soul that is mirrored in my life.
Whatever first impression you want to make on the world, do it from the inside out. Make a conscious choice about who you want to be, how you want to show up, and then have the courage to be the amazing, authentic YOU and wait for happiness to follow!
What are your thoughts on this topic? I’d love to hear from you.