Fact: an initial impression is set in 30 seconds or less.
It’s a curious thing, isn’t it?
People meet you—and instantly form an idea of who you are.
Their perception may (or may not be) an accurate representation of who you are at your core.
But hey! Does it really matter what people think of you, anyway? Should you even care?
YES, you should care.
I know my answer may surprise you, but here’s 3 reasons why I think it matters what others think of you:
- Favor: When you meet someone for the first time, your memory slideshow begins to play. You begin by asking yourself, “Who does this person remind me of?” It is as if you experience a divine form of déjà vu, which serves as a clue to the significance of this individual. On the flip side, when God guides the selection process, a new acquaintance looks at you and they associate you with someone or something positive. That’s when the favor hits. Favor is like a divine covering and makes a powerful first impression.
- The Law of Attraction: Instead of exhausting yourself with people who can’t work with what you’re doing—who just don’t get it—draw people who resonate with the vision you carry. Attract ideal prospects. Did you know that was possible? When this happens, you are operating in flow—dancing in rapport with others—and people that are ideal for you are picking up on your presence. These interactions are synchronous events, God’s divine appointments—not a coincidence or a moment left to chance. A series of events and Spirit-led decisions lead to this interaction. When you run into the right person at the right time you are tapping into a field of cause and effect in an unseen realm.
- Discernment: The Lord may reveal the true motivation of an individual by bringing to mind a friend or foe from your past. This is a warning or a confirmation of what your gut is saying. If you personally fail in making a good impression, it takes twenty subsequent interactions to alter or reframe someone’s original perception of who you are. Sometimes the initial interaction frames a permanent wrong impression. Spiritual warfare in the area of your interactions with others is essential, as you need particular individuals to help you accomplish your calling and unique purpose. Declare a divine veto on gossip, slander, and negative commentary, which only serve to corrupt the context of the impression you convey.
Become an expert reader of people and you can connect with and motivate anyone. It’s not hard if you know how. Words have the power to heal or destroy. What would happen if you understood how to frame your words in such a way that within 30 seconds they go to the very heart of a person with 1000 volts of life?
Question: How have first impressions sealed or soiled your chances with a potential colleague or friend? Comment below!
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