As sales professionals we face a lot of competition. One of the ways we can set ourselves apart is to present a polished image that works for us individually. Image is of utmost importance.Just think about the last time you saw someone on a billboard — I’ll bet you that person was smiling, conveyed trust and confidence, and had polished image.

While we may not be able to afford to put ourselves on a billboard, we ARE in fact, a walking billboard and our image represents our level of professionalism and can also be considered our business card.Today, I’m going to share how to start creating a better image. This is not a cookie cutter approach, these are suggestions that can work for you individually.Just pick any holiday or festival and you will have food is lurking around every corner just waiting to be eaten. Statistically Americans gain anywhere from 5 – 10 lbs. during any given holiday or festival! So let’s look at a few things we can do to prevent becoming one of those statistics.

Let’s look at how to create a professional top notch IMAGE that invites business and conveys confidence and trust:Individual —you can be on a team or operate independently but your IMAGE is ALWAYS your INDIVIDUAL responsibility! It doesn’t matter that everyone else is overeating, drinking wine and having lots of desert.

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What matters is that you do what works for your health, allows you to maintain your image and look your very best.You are responsible for eating food that increase your health and vitality, ignites your cognitive function, and helps you function at your best.

Keep in mind that when you don’t feel well, you don’t look well and subsequently don’t think or do well. Food directly affects your mood and how you process things (think lack of clarity, focus). Meals — look for meals that include a ratio of low carbs, preferably fiber, mid protein and SOME fat.

Please don’t fear fat. Fat will satiate you like nothing else. Good fat, like butter, olive oil, coconut oil and avocado oil will keep you full longer and turn on the cognitive process. I like to start my day with a fatty coffee in the morning.

I drink the world’s healthiest coffee and I add fat to it, usually butter or coconut cream.Age – YES!

Foods can either speed up or slow down the aging process. Foods that prevent aging are know as anti-inflammatory foods. This is the big buzz word in the health industry.industry, and for good reason!

The worst offender when it comes to speeding up the aging process is sugar. Leading, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Joel Schlessinger states “Sugar molecules attach to collagen and elastin proteins in the skin through a process called glycation. This process produces advanced glycosylation end-products, or AGEs for short.”AGEs can also cause premature aging and a compromised complexion, the opposite of a good image.

Dr. Schlessinger further states“The damage from the AGEs is seen in the form of fine lines, wrinkles, and dull, sallow skin,” Dr. confirmed. “AGEs can also interfere with the production of new collagen and elastin, preventing your skin from naturally repairing itself.”

Now we have one MORE reason to avoid sugar.Now let’s talk about a subject that can be really tricky to maneuver. Gratification — many sales professionals choose to celebrate a sale with a fancy meal. While this can be a great reason to celebrate it can also be easy to overindulge and can lead to excess weight. What if we looked for other ways to gratify ourselves?

What about a massage, a mani/pedi or even purchasing flowers to decorate our homes and share the beauty? What if maintaining a good image involved moving away from food and into something that can contribute to you at a higher level?Indulging in food and drink that diminish our health because we “deserve it” is one way we can easily sabotage ourselves.

When I coach my clients, we cover sabotage in detail — and it’s not always obvious. We look at the root cause of the sabotage and look at strategies to prevent this.Education — one of the things we can do to create radiant health is to educate ourselves by reading, watching seminars and online research. But we must be careful, there’s a lot of misinformation. Or we can make it easy on ourselves and hire a coach.

As a business professional, that’s what I do. I hire a trained professional to direct me on how to grow my business. I am always working with a coach. Additionally, here are some things to do to improve health, well being and our image. Bear in mind that we can’t change ALL our habits at once. But we CAN change one habit per week. Doing this will create EASE and encourage us to keep moving forward.

We can consciously look for ways to create ease in our lives and find joy in what we do. Oh, and we can make it fun too! What if we made it a game? How can we play? How can we show up for ourselves? And when tempted to stray from what works remember that a poor unkept sales professional doesn’t convey a good image and doesn’t have much business.

In fact, I know one such person that’s very poorly kept, and is always struggling with business, weight and energy. This person’s image is such that it keeps business at bay.Just get started! Creating one new habit every week can ease you into better health and well being.

All those habits will begin to create a new lifestyle for an entire lifetime!We can maintain a top notch image regardless of what our profession is. Our IMAGE is up to us!If you have any questions, please post them below or you may contact me directly.

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I look forward to helping you create a more professional image.

Oralia Acosta
Certified Health and Nutritionist