Trying To Impress

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Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like

 Will Rogers 

Far more often than any of us like to admit, our actions are driven by an inner desire to impress other people.  This desire is often reflected in the brand name products we use, the bars and restaurants we frequent, the houses and cars we buy and the careers we choose.

But are name brand products, fancy bars, houses and cars really that impressive? Some of these things might capture our attention for a minute or two, but they won’t hold it for long.

If we take a moment and imagine a person who loves what he does for a living, often smiles  and feels passion in every breath he takes.  Would he impress you?  Would it matter that he wasn’t a millionaire?

Here are some dignified ways to impress everyone around you.

Help others when you can.

In life, you get what you put in.  When you make a positive impact in someone else’s life, you also make a positive impact in your own life.  Doing something that is greater than you – something that helps someone else to be happy or to suffer less.  Everyone values the gift of unexpected assistance and those who supply it.

Be authentic.  Be true to yourself.

Judy Garland once said, “Always be a first rate version of yourself instead of a second rate version of somebody else.” There is no such thing as living in someone else’s shoes.  The only shoes you can occupy are your own.  If you aren’t being yourself, you aren’t truly living – you are merely existing.  And ask yourself this:  If you don’t like who you really are, why should I like you?

Care about people.

 If you don’t genuinely care about people, they won’t care about you.  The more you help others, the more they will want to help you.  Love and kindness begets love and kindness. 

Make others feel good. 

People will rarely remember what you did, but they will always remember how you made them feel.

Be honest and take ownership of your actions. 

Nobody likes a liar.  In the long-run, the truth always reveals itself anyway. 

Make yourself available and approachable.

If people cannot get a hold of you, or have trouble approaching you, they will forget about you.  Your general availability and accessibility to others is extremely important to them.  Always maintain a positive, tolerant attitude and keep an open line of communication to those around you.

Of course, the coolest thing about this list is that everything you need to impress everyone around you is already contained within you. 

‘When I was trying to impress Kate I was trying to cook these amazing fancy dinners and what would happen was I would burn something, something would overspill, something would catch on fire and she would be sitting in the background trying to help, and basically taking control of the whole situation, so I was quite glad she was there at the time,’
Prince William

 

 


9 thoughts on “Trying To Impress

  1. I very much look farward to reading your blog, they bring light into my every day life. Keep up the good work!

  2. Hi, I have read a few of your posts and I enjoyed them very much. I’m still rather new to blogging and was wondering if you wouldn’t mind being friends on here and perhaps provide constructive criticism to my blogging. I would greatly appreciate it. And I look forward to reading more of your posts in the future. =3

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    ~Naoki

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