Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Jonny Wilkinson, self-esteem and image

Train journeys can be wonderful - they allow you to escape from 'work' and to relax a bit and be more observant. I firmly believe that we are given opportunities, even an hour and a half on a train can enable you to think more deeply. You can forget all the things you 'ought' to do !

And so it was that last week on just such a train journey I opened the newspaper. I rarely read the sports pages but my eye was taken by this:

'Keeping the faith. That's what counts. Holding true to what matters is the key to a decent and meaningful life.' Simon Barnes in the Times was writing about the rugby player Jonny Wilkinson. In the article he went on to describe how 'keeping the faith' when things go wrong is difficult - whatever the faith is. It is so easy to give up on oneself but like Jonny Wilkinson, who has been bedevilled with injury, we must keep the faith in ourselves going.

Jonny's coach is Steve Black who for his mantra follows the words of Ghandi 'be the change you wish to see in the world'. Jonny feels that his first meeting with Steve was a turning point for him.

So why was I taken by this article when I am an image consultant? What on earth has all this got to do with image and looking stylish?

Well, I believe we can all learn a lot from this. What can you learn from this personal story of Jonny Wilkinson?

If we keep faith with ourselves, our self esteem will be high. High self esteem is reflected by your overall appearance and noticeable by others in how you dress and your overall body language. So keeping faith with your principles, believing in yourself will enable you to 'be the change you wish to see in the world'.

If this doesn't feel like you just now then do think about having an image consultation. Join the many who have learned how to look good on the outside and feel absolutely great on the inside. I guarantee that once this happens life will be so much more worth living. If you feel great then you tend to find that you are also surrounded by people who feel great too. Look for your own Jonny Wilkinson moment!