There’s nothing like the energy of a new calendar year for putting the spotlight on your goals in life. As we come to the end of one year and approach a new one, it’s the perfect time to look at what’s working in your life and what’s not. This includes looking at your image and determining if you’re taking care of it properly!

D.H. Lawrence puts it best. He said, “Why do fashions in clothes change? Because really, we ourselves change, in the slow metamorphosis to time.” Are you wearing clothes that were better suited to your life five years ago? Ten years ago? What would be best suited to your life, your lifestyle and interests, right now?

Everything needs a tune-up or a review; our cars, our filing systems, and our image! What happens to our cars when we don’t take care of them? They break down. What happens when we let our paperwork grow piles and piles around us? We can’t find what we’re looking for and we lose our efficiency. What happens when we don’t pay attention to our image? We can be overlooked, not taken seriously, and miss out on the great benefits of confidence and healthy self-esteem that having a good image provides.

You can book your car in for a service, you can hire an admin assistant to help you sort through your piles of paper, and you can hire a personal stylist to assess where you’re image has been and where it should be headed.

If you have not yet told your husband/partner/mother what you would like for Christmas how about asking them for a life changing gift voucher for a session with me! Here is what one husband wrote to me after a session with his wife that he had bought as a present:

“Huge thanks for the fantastic job you did with Liz a couple of weeks ago. I think it must rate as the most satisfying present I have ever given. She was so happy with the day, the things she got and the tips you gave her. I know these will all be of much use for a long time to come.”

In the meantime, comparing and contrasting is a great way to discover whether or not your wardrobe and image is where it needs to be. One way to do this is to sit down and do an exercise called  “I used to _____ but now I _____”.

This exercise is a quick way to define the things that have changed in your life. Maybe you used to have a job where you wore suits everyday, but now you work from home three days a week and the other two days are business casual. Maybe you used to be a stay-at-home mum and now the kids are at school, you’re working in a volunteer position that requires doing presentations. When your life has changed, your clothes have to change too!

Clothing has a language all its own. We subconsciously ’read’ that language all the time. When someone is dressed in a way that doesn’t match their goals in life, we tend to not trust them. For example, if you’re an executive but you’re not dressing like one, it’s hard to get the respect you deserve.

So in 2010, when you set your personal and professional goals, go one step further by being sure that your image matches those goals. When you look the part, it’s so much easier to get the part.

Here’s where a personal stylist and image consultant can help. If you want to be more authoritative in your professional life and earn the respect of others, I will use the tools of specific styles, colours, and clothing details to give you the qualities of authority and respect. I can help you understand the colours to wear that will advance your goals. I can help you review the clothes in your wardrobe and determine which ones have evolved with you and which ones need to be found a new home. If you feel like you don’t have the appropriate clothes, you may be missing out on new opportunities by declining invitations. I can help you determine the specific items that will enhance your image and take you on a shopping trip to buy them and then assemble outfits that you can effortlessly put together.

This is probably a familiar quote to you. It was made famous by Nelson Mandela but came from Marianne Williamson. Maybe you’ll take it to heart next year?

Williamson says, “We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

What a great way to start next year!