As you eliminate the negative aspects of your appearance and your personality, you must continue to accentuate the positive. Not every model possesses overall perfection, but each successful one capitalizes on what she does have and makes it the very best of its kind. ~John Robert Powers, Secrets of Poise, Personality, and Model Beauty
Our mid-century mentor, John Robert Powers, entreats us to focus on our positive traits — no matter how tempting it is to focus on what our negative traits may be. He points out that everyone is a work in progress and if we examined the women we find to be absolutely wonderful and beautiful, we will find all sorts of “issues” with them. But we don’t usually notice those issues because they have created an Aura of Magnificence™ about them.
American women, I think, have forgotten how to create an Aura of Magnificence™. Perhaps it is because we are so overwhelmed by the many hats that we wear that we are too exhausted to feel magnificent. Or, maybe we think no one will notice that we’ve worn the same shirt (with the Chunky Monkey ice cream stain on it) three days in a row.
But someone very important does notice: ourselves. When we take the steps needed to create an Aura of Magnificence™, we not only gain more confidence, we also gain more positive energy. And, when we possess and radiate positive energy, relationships become richer and drama melts away. We seem to have more time to accomplish what needs to be done.
Creating an Aura of Magnificence™ doesn’t have to be overwhelming. It starts with making sure we are impeccably groomed (or, at least well-groomed as we work up to impeccably groomed). It means finding a signature style — but not getting into a fashion rut– that guides us to the most flattering looks regardless of the whims of fashion. And don’t forget that our inner beauty is the foundation of outer beauty. We can’t have an Aura of Magnificence™ without it.
As we go about our day, we might want to hum the classic song by Johnny Mercer that reminds us toAccentuate the positive, Eliminate the negative, Latch on to the affirmative, Don’t mess with Mr. In-Between.
If we focus on accentuating the positive, others will focus on our positive attributes as well, and then, before we know it, we have created our own Aura of Magnificence™.
To Your Fabulous Technicolor and Aura of Magnificence Life!
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