Personality can be defined as the sum total of physical, mental, emotional and social characteristics of an individual. It is the visible aspect of one’s character as it impresses others.
Of late, this topic has become much sought after among youth today. With a rising demand for smart young executives in the mushrooming corporate sector, personality development is the talk of the aspiring young generation. The following steps can be incorporated by desirous youngsters:
Self Confidence: A firm belief in one’s potential is the foundation for personality building. Every individual has his/her unique style of speaking, walking, sitting, and working which ought not to be tampered with; rather it should be nurtured to blossom and shine. Imitating a role model or a popular icon leads to duplication and a subsequent negative impression. Therefore, imbibe the mantra: This is me. I am what I am.
Attire: There isn’t any right or wrong sense of dressing, but only appropriate. Sober and soothing dressing adds to confidence. Wear neat, ironed, cool and light-coloured clothes to work or for interviews. Avoid flashy colours and piercing or tattoos on the body.
Appreciation: Developing a habit of appreciating others adds to one’s morale. Remember, appreciation is an expensive gift which should be given freely; the habit of appreciating others even for simple matters renders positivity and makes one a friendly and selfless person.
Smile: Always wear a smile on your face; it gives a pleasant, friendly expression which attracts others, and makes you approachable.
Speech: A vital aspect of personality, where one must remember that, when to speak is more important than what to speak. Words are like arrows; once out of the quiver, they cannot return. Therefore, be careful and think twice before speaking. Speak politely and softly, in simple language. Emphasise on audibility and clarity. Avoid slang and abusive words or unparliamentary language, especially in a group.
Physique: Truly said, a healthy mind resides in a healthy body. Regular exercise with balanced nutritious meals can lead to a healthy body, which shows that you are a well-planned health conscious person without bad habits.
Body language: The most important aspect of personality, it is a non verbal communication, which casts a major impact on others. The way one walks, sits, stands, talks, and behaves personifies his personality. Even before words are spoken, the gestures and expressions that one carries predetermine one’s image. Therefore, have a relaxed posture and warm expression, walk upright, avoid drooping, and maintain decency at every level.
Courteous: Being courteous and humble dignifies the personality. Mannerisms while communicating, random acts of gestures, greetings with a smile, listening attentively to others, and exchanging warm notes, especially with subordinates, are some traits of good personality.
Positivity: An optimistic approach to life is a boon to healthy personality. Avoid negative attitude, criticism, and backbiting. Unnecessary gossip and pessimistic views breed dissatisfaction and depression. Feed yourself with the ‘I can do it’ capsule every day, and look forward with a hopeful attitude.
Do what you love and love what you do, and let life be lovely.
Paramita Mishra holds a PhD in Environmental Biology, and has been associated with teaching Communicative English and Personality Development for the past 9 years. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org