Making a good first impression is important in every aspect of life. Benjamin Franklin said it best, “First impressions are indeed lasting impressions
We are all aware of the good first impression is rule of thumb. You only have about 3 seconds to do it.
In his ground breaking guidebook How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie has a chapter, A Simple Way to Make a Good First Impression. I was re-reading this chapter about the importance of a smile and discovered these words by essayist and publisher Elbert Hubbard.
Whenever you go out of doors, draw the chin in, carry the crown of the head high, and fill the lungs to the utmost; drink in the sunshine; greet your friends with a smile, and put soul into every handclasp.
Do not fear being misunderstood; and never waste a moment thinking about your enemies. Try to fix firmly in your own mind what you would like to do, and then without veering off direction you will move straight to the goal.
Keep your mind on the great and splendid things you would like to do; and then, as the days go gliding by, you will find yourself unconsciously seizing the opportunities that are required for the fulfillment of your desire, just as the coral insect takes from the running tide the elements that it needs. Picture in your mind the able, earnest, useful person you desire to be, and the thought that you hold is hourly transforming you into that particular individual you so admire.
Thought is supreme. Preserve a right mental attitude–the attitude of courage, frankness and good cheer. To think rightly is to create. All things come through desire and every sincere prayer is answered. We become like that on which our hearts are fixed. Carry your chin in and the crown of your head high. We are gods in the chrysalis.
Elbert Hubbard has given us the key to always having a smile and making a good first impression. Mr. Carnegie say peruse this bit of sage advice but remember, perusing it won’t do you any good unless you apply it.