“Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.” ~Rumi
Abraham Maslow said "What a man can be, he must be. This need we may call self-actualization...It refers to the desire for self-fulfillment, namely, to the tendency for him to become actualized in what he is potentially. This tendency might be phrased as the desire to become more and more what one is, to become everything that one is capable of becoming."
The ongoing process of developing your full potential. A worthy goal indeed. And of course no matter where your path of self actualization leads it's a sure bet that to some degree, in one way or another, your image plays a role.
One of the characteristics of self actualizing people is spontaneity- to be unrestrained and uninhibited. In other words, to do things that please you without worrying what others will think. This characteristic can be reinforced by consciously choosing to wear clothing that pleases you rather than what you feel will is expected of you. Choosing your wardrobe first according to the colors and design lines that make you look your best and beyond that your personal aesthetic, can be a very gratifying form of self expression. It reinforces and respects the 'self,' and therefore also self esteem.
It may seem like a small, even trivial investment in your self esteem, but done consistently it grows your self esteem considerably, and can pay lovely, lush, sometimes unexpected dividends.
Ha. Never underestimate the power of a great outfit.