Most of us care about our physical attire and appearance. It is just a part of living in this illusion.
We are taught from an early age how to dress for an interview for example, what to wear, how to groom ourselves, how to talk, how to act, what to say, everything related to physical preparedness.
In a talk with my friend recently, this topic came up and hence greatly inspired this article.
A little story…
A few weeks ago my friend went for an interview with one of the top companies here in the US. The day before the interview he got a haircut, he wore his best suit and tie the day of, printed copies of his 2 page resume, researched the company, made sure everything was polished and ready to make an impression. He was physically prepared to a “T,” however, despite the interview going very well and all the odds being in his favor, he did not get the job.
>>>Fast forward to a week ago, another job interview, but this time he was less prepared physically, he did not get a haircut, he did not do much research, he did not dress over impeccably, he did not overly practice interview responses. But, within a day of the interview, he got a call saying he received the job (which offers much more perks than the previous job he had interviewed for by the way).
What was different this time around?
In the last interview, he was mentally prepared. What do I mean by this?
In a previous article I explained that if you have a plan B you are going to need it. Simply meaning, if you are focused on other ideas and plans other than your original one, that lapse in focus implies doubt and uncertainty to the universe. Hence, the odds of your plan A coming to fruition is far less.
Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
In the first interview, my friend was very prepared physically, but not mentally. He was looking at other job opportunities separate from the one for which he was applying. His focus was scattered, which in turn suggests he was a bit cynical about getting the job. In the second interview however, he was more prepared mentally and less physically. He focused all his energy on this one job, and stopped applying for others. He placed everything on it, subsequently eliminating doubt that he may not get it. He was confident that this position would be his, and nothing would change that. The job was his no matter how simple he appeared physically.
[side note: A fellow interviewee was far better dressed than my friend, three piece suit and all, needless to say, he did not get the job]
The results speak for itself, he got the job; and of course you can say its luck, or an oft chance, but it takes a certain level of spiritual understanding to look at what I am saying with an open mind.
We are forced to react based on how we think people look at us. So if you walk into an interview and you are not the “best dressed,” automatically you think someone is going to say “Hell no, you will not work here!” Which is a normal reaction to something outside the norm, especially in the workplace. However, when you are mentally prepared, even if you are not clean shaved, that energy exudes to your interviewer. They pick up your confidence, your focus, your resolve, your determination. Which adds up to a big plus for that person. This speaks even more than your 2 page resume loaded with work history from some of the best companies.
The moral of this story…
If you are pursuing something, anything, a job, starting a business, writing a book, traveling the world, running for office, mental preparedness will beat physical preparedness any day. How you look matters, sure, we live in a material world, but it goes deeper than that. When your mind is focused and you are thinking with the end in mind, envisioning that goal being achieved, it will be manifested in the real world.
Try your best to eliminate doubt from your thoughts, only focus on your Plan A’s, and work your ass off, but most importantly, be mentally prepared for anything you pursue in life. It will change a lot of your outcomes for the better.
Do you practice mental preparedness?