I was thinking about the studies that show people are 53% more likely to feel better and have a more productive day when they dress nice. Studies do show that we are more likely to succeed when we feel better about ourselves. And, for many of us, dressing nice helps us feel better. So I was thinking, instead of telling ourselves we are getting up and getting dressed for another day in a miserable cubicle, we should get dressed for the most important reason…ourselves! This means we would be more likely to endure the cubicle and continue to pursue our dreams outside of the cubicle. I have a friend who took a job in university enrollment sales, but is working on his dream-job part-time in the evenings and on week-ends. He is almost done writing his 2nd novel and it is possible he will be able to be a full-time writer within one or two years.
The bottom line is we need ways to keep us going day after day. Often, the job we are getting dressed for isn’t the job we would like to be getting dressed for. But the better we feel about ourselves, the more likely we are to succeed at making a transition to a career we would love.