How’s Your Picture?
Every minute of every waking hour of every day of your life, you’re projecting
to others a picture of yourself and your personality. You can tell how this
picture looks to the world by looking at what you’re getting back.
Have you ever noticed that when someone calls you on the telephone, you immediately form a mental picture of the person? You get not only a mental picture of his face and figure but also a feeling with regard to his personality. And that feeling you get is either good or bad. That is, the person affects you either pleasantly or unpleasantly. There’s hardly ever a perfectly neutral feeling. It’s either favorable or unfavorable.
And, to carry it a step further, you project a picture in the minds of the people with whom you come in contact. And again, whether it’s on the telephone or in person, that picture is either favorable or unfavorable.
You’re projecting these pictures all day long to your children, your marriage partner, the people who serve you, your associates, your boss – everyone – all day, every day. So how’s your picture?
How do you appear to people passing by on the street? Do you appear happy? Unhappy? Bored? Disinterested? Worried? Successful? Or unsuccessful?
The picture you project, the way in which you communicate to every person you come in contact with during the day, is a reflection of your total personality; the picture you project is determined by how you feel inside.
The people who project the best pictures are those who know how to be grateful. Their gratitude for what they have, for what they are, radiates about them. They don’t worry about what’s missing but are grateful for what’s there. They don’t concentrate on the shortcomings of their marriage partner or their children; they’re grateful just to have them. They look upon problems as things to be solved and are grateful for the capacity and wisdom to overcome them. These are the people who run deep.
More than any other factor, gratitude projects the kind of picture that is irresistible. It attracts men, women, even dogs and cats. It also attracts a condition mistakenly called “good luck.”
These people are easy to recognize. There’s a calm, level look to their eyes, and smiling comes as naturally to them as breathing does. They don’t complain about what’s to be done; they simply do it and do it well and then start looking around for something else to do. They radiate ability and good cheer like an old- fashioned stove radiates heat on a cold morning. They project a great picture, and the world projects it back to them.
Every minute of every waking hour of every day of your life, you’re projecting a picture of yourself and your personality. You can tell how it looks to the world by looking at what you’re getting back.