Beyond Athletics

Why You Should Get Ready Like a Professional Athlete: Even If It’s Not Game Day

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Unfortunately, we don’t all have professional stylists helping us get ready in the morning. I guarantee at least a few times a week, half the challenge of getting out the door is just finding something to wear.

At least it is for me.

At the end of the struggle, just throwing something on seems like the only option that will allow you to keep some of your sanity – and not make you tardy for first period. But did you know that the way you dress and present yourself can have a domino effect on your entire day?

The topic was brought to light for me when an article from the Wall Street Journal came across my desk highlighting the time and care Super Bowl runner-up Richard Sherman puts into making sure his teammates look their best on the field.

When not involved in a play, Sherman can often be seen tucking in his teammates jerseys, cleaning up their numbers, or straightening out anything that looks disheveled. His teammates call it a mixture of football strategy, sportsmanship, and abnormal attention to detail.

I might call it adorable.

Call it what you want, but with the success of the Seahawks, it looks like Sherman’s definitely on to something.

Sherman’s “look sharp, be sharp” attitude got me thinking about how the way we dress affects our everyday dealings: school, practice, work, etc.

It was interesting, though not all that surprising, to find that yes, many studies prove that the way we dress affects the way others perceive us. So if we get ready like a professional athlete, do we act like one?

When I take time and apply organization to my morning routine–in essence, put time into the way I’m going to leave the house and take on the world–are the days I feel good about my self-presentation. They’re the days I am the most positive, most productive, and therefore get the most out of my day.

Am I suggesting this requires the best clothes, most expensive make-up, or to wake up hours earlier in the morning just so the world thinks you ”look good”? Heck no! I am suggesting maybe planning your outfit the night before, running an iron over your shirt, (Downy wrinkle release spray is also a lifesaver), or taking a quick rinse to wake up and feel fresh.

Like it or not, the way we present ourselves to the world is often how we are perceived when it comes to first impressions. And you don’t have to be on an official visit to get on the Richard Sherman train and make it a good one – it could turn your whole day around.

About the author
Laura Chmiel

Laura Chmiel is a marketing coordinator and a lead writer for NCSA Athletic Recruiting. As someone with a passion for athletics and education, she graduated from Indiana university with a B.S. in Elementary Education. After school, she gained first-hand experience helping student-athletes and their families get to college.