Men’s Fashion 101: Dressing With Pizzazz

Dressing with style should be every man’s goal. The way you dress speaks volumes about you. Most people form an opinion about a person based on the first impression. This factor has a lot to do with your clothes.

There are a few basics and a level of ingenuity that is needed to achieve a dazzling look. Portraying a poor image should not be an option. A touch of pizzazz will change your life. A few simple things can help you develop an image that is strong, authoritative and confident that matches your personality and life style.

Men are advised to own many pairs of shoes. You should have a pair of comfortable shoes for activities such as exercising, casual sneakers which are good for versatility, and a pair of black and brown dress boots. Socks are also equally as important hence stock your wardrobe with socks that will match the rest of your ensemble.

Pants are an integral part of your wardrobe. Baggy jeans make someone look sloppy. Ultra tight and super light colored jeans should also be avoided. The ideal dress pants should sit well at your waist rather than your hips. It should fall just right. The leg cuff should stop just at the point where the sole of the shoe starts.

Shopping for belts is simple. Color and material are the two elements that you have to focus on. You should have a black leather belt which is plain and a plain brown leather belt. Plus you should own a fabric belt to be worn with casual pants such as blue jeans or khakis.

Buying shirts is not as easy because it depends on a person’s taste. However, you can’t go wrong with well fitting button up dress shirts. Also Polo’s are a good option. They look good in any color. Use white t-shirts as undershirts. Pullover hooded shirts are also nice additions to your wardrobe. Buy several t-shirts that are in different colors with varied graphics and designs.

The recommended sweater colors are black, grey, green, brown and blue. Plain sweaters look better. All men should have a dark blazer/suit jacket. Black is one of the best colors that you cannot go wrong with.

Suits are more complicated. Buying suits requires that you factor in several things such as your body. A good suit should fit you well. The material used to make it is also immensely important. Ties should complement your suit.

Finance 101, a Must For Students Studying Finance

Many people are not well versed on the various issues regarding finance. They may not know where to get information or how to use the information that they gather to improve their financial status. It is important if you want to learn about finances that you acquire the services of a financial expert. They can be your teacher and you could learn a lot from them about the basic of money. Finance 101 is a class taught in college that helps students discover about the basics of finance.

Just because you are not in college does not mean that you do not need to gain additional knowledge on how to manage your money. It is important to broaden your horizons especially where your money is concerned. You need to have the proper facts in order to make sound financial decisions.

Most people learn about money the hard way, through trial and error. You get to learn a lot from the world around us and most times you have been living in a culture of instant gratification. The here and now is what is important and you must have the most fashionable thing on the spot. This is where most of us go wrong, and get credit card which just makes the situation more complicated.

It is important that you understand how to create a budget and stick to it. It is also advisable that you live within your means. Do not spend more that you earn. Another lesson to be learned regarding finances is to save as much as you can. This way you always have an exit strategy should there be an emergency. Use the financial tools that are available to boost your financial portfolio.

Boost Energy Levels and Reduce Stress Levels by Giving Your Life the Room 101 Treatment

Room 101 in George Orwell’s novel “nineteen eight-four” was the room which contained the “worst thing in the world” and is the name of a popular TV comedy show where celebrities get to air their pet peeves. You can take the Room 101 concept a step further to boost your energy and reduce stress.

As I watched a recent episode of the program it struck me that more of us should give our lives the Room 101 treatment. Another word for the phrase “pet peeves” is tolerations. Tolerations are things we put up with in our lives. They drain us of our energy and they increase our stress load.

They can be minor things like a squeaky door but each time you hear that door squeak you say to yourself “I must oil those hinges”. And that thought will keep revolving inside your head until you oil those hinges.

Tolerations can also be relatively more serious like a toxic relationship. We can continue a relationship even when we know it is not nurturing us. That person is like an energy vampire.

We don’t feel good when we are around that particular person. In fact, we may find that we are not expressing ourselves as authentically as we would in other more fulfilling relationships.

The thing is you could have a more fulfilling and nurturing relationship, if only you would create room for it.

Tolerations can be dealt with. You’ve just got to be ruthless in dealing with them. First of all, identify your tolerations. One of my coaches once asked me to write down 101 of my tolerations. It was challenging and I didn’t quite get to 101 but I got very close. Once the floodgates open, all those things that have been niggling at your mind rush to the surface.

So my challenge to you is first to write down 101 tolerations. You may get stuck a few times but persevere because this exercise alone is well worth the effort.

You see, even if you simply put this list aside and forget all about it, if you review it after a few months you will be amazed at just how many of those items you are able to cross off. Once you’ve identified your tolerations in this manner your sub-conscious mind gets to work in helping you to eliminate these tolerations.

Your aim is to become a toleration-free zone.

The next step is to deal with your tolerations in a systematic and objective fashion. Another of my mentors gives his tolerations the D treatment. So once you’ve identified your tolerations go over each item and decide whether you are going to:

a) Drop it,

b) Delegate it, or

c) Do it NOW

Drop it

For example are you in the habit of saving magazine articles and emails saying I’ll read that later and you never get around to reading them? Then this is an example of an item you should drop.

Let’s face it. Life is short. We’ll never have the time to do all the things we want to do. Therefore, ensure that you have the time to do the things that really matter.

Delegate it

Are you one the type of person who thinks that if I don’t do it won’t get done right? Are you the type of person who tries to do everything themselves? If so, get over it. Find ways to automate some of the things you are doing manually, i.e. delegate certain tasks to machines.

Identify what you are really good at doing and what specifically needs to be done by you. Then be diligent in finding individuals and or companies that can handle the rest. You might have to train someone to do certain tasks but, once the training is done, you can comfortably hand over that task.

Do it NOW!

There are some tasks that, if you don’t take care of immediately, will have serious and perhaps irreversible consequences. You know what those tasks are and yet you procrastinate in handling those tasks. Why? Fear is often a factor and often they are things you don’t like dealing with.

I don’t need you to think about what will happen if you don’t handle this particular task – you are already there. What I want you to do is simply do it anyway. You are going to feel much better as a result because,

1. You have overcome your fear and taken action, and

2. You have regained control over that particular situation.

You will most likely find that dealing with these tasks is not as daunting as you first imagined.

Tolerations clutter our lives and when and where there is clutter energy cannot flow freely. When energy cannot flow freely blockages occur in our system and this results in symptoms of stress, such as headaches, nervous tics, tremors, skin rashes, indigestion, chest pain, fatigue, muscular tension and pain. Does any of this sound familiar?

Then take a no-nonsense approach to tolerations and start the process of eroding them from your life. The more tolerations you are able to remove from your life and the better you become at swiftly dealing with tolerations the more your energy levels and your ability to deal with stress will improve.