The power of being comfortable is often underestimated. With societal pressures on us to look and act certain ways, it is more challenging than ever to cultivate an optimal level of comfort in our day to day lives. In this post, I’d like to share with you how I’ve harnessed the power of being comfortable by making small changes that have made a big impact in regards to both my personal and professional life.
The power of comfortable shoes
My focus on the power of being comfortable originated with shoes. Over the summer, I found two pair of shoes that were extremely comfortable yet still stylish and professional. I bought these shoes because I no longer think it’s worthwhile to suffer in uncomfortable shoes all day and have to spend time soothing sore feet all night!
Despite this, it’s important to me that comfort does not translate as sloppy. I believe there is a strong connection between how you look and how people perceive you. As stated on the Amelia blog, “Successful women know their shoes.” The post highlights one pair of flats, Rothy’s, which were designed for traveling business women with a need for both professional and attractive shoes that can also be machine washed.
The power of comfortable clothes
Along the lines of comfortable shoes is the power of being comfortable in the clothes you wear. After working from home for six years, I can confidently say that I’m an expert on comfortable clothes: yoga pants and sweatshirts made up a good portion of my wardrobe! All kidding aside, I truly believe that my work wardrobe should consist of clothes that are both comfortable and professional.
An interesting philosophy on the power of being comfortable in professional clothes can be seen in successful leaders like Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Barack Obama, and Albert Einstein; they all wear/wore the exact same thing every single day! These leaders practice this philosophy not because they are lazy, but rather due to something called “decision fatigue.” According to Elite Daily, “decision fatigue is a real psychological condition in which a person’s productivity suffers as a result of becoming mentally exhausted from making so many irrelevant decisions.”
While I do believe wearing the same thing would enable me to use my brain power for more important decisions than choosing an outfit, I’m not sure this concept would work in the same way for women as it does for men. Women are much more attuned to fashion than men are, and what a woman wears can say a lot about her. This is why Barbara Corcoran, one of the most recognized female entrepreneurs in the world, spent her first paycheck on an expensive coat from Bergdorf Goodman. She says, “if I looked like I was capable, then I was capable. Perception creates reality.” I definitely agree that looking the part is important, but once again I believe that fashion must always be balanced with comfort.
The power of being comfortable in your environment
The last aspect of my life where I am striving to build a level of comfort is in my work environment. As I mentioned earlier, I worked from home for six years and was perfectly fine with the environment at home. Just recently, however, I joined a coworking community near my home so that I could start networking and engaging with like-minded entrepreneurs. I have to say that this was one of best decisions I’ve made for my new career!
In addition to engaging with other members at the coworking community, I recently had the opportunity to participate in a Venture Fair event. This two-day event began with pre-matching investors and entrepreneurs, followed by rounds of meetings where the entrepreneurs would have a chance to pitch their business to the investors. This was my first time participating in an event like this, and I have to admit that I was a little nervous at first. But I understood that I would need to practice if I ever wanted to improve, so I stuck my neck out there and gave it my best shot. By the end of the second day, I felt completely comfortable and at ease! I think as I continue to get more practice with events like this one, I will grow and build a level of confidence so that I can be comfortable no matter what environment I am in. On that note, I would encourage you to get out and try something new this week! I doubt you’ll regret it 🙂