There is a popular saying, “We don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.” While this is true, it can also cause people to not be their true selves.
It’s natural for us to want to be liked by others, so we often behave in ways we think is acceptable. The problem with this is we will always default back to our everyday habits over time.
Sometimes that will be acceptable by certain people, but there is also a risk that others may not be impressed when we return back to our “normal” way of behaving.
Trying to impress someone by not being our true, authentic selves can cost us in many different ways including:
- Broken professional or personal relationships.
- Receiving negative reviews especially if we’re in a service-based profession.
- Financial loss as a result of broken relationships.
- Mental and emotional stress.
- Health challenges.
We have to always be aware of how we come across to others especially in the different situations we find ourselves in.