If business isn’t going your way, you aren’t hitting your sales goals or your productivity has dropped dramatically, take a close look at your clothes. Did you know that what you put on in the morning sets the tone and success energy level for the rest of your day?

The concept of clothing providing you something other than privacy and warmth just might be revolutionary. It certainly is financially rewarding. In the world of Feng Shui, the Chinese art of creating harmonious surroundings that enhance the balance of yin and yang, what you wear is considered exceedingly important and not something one should leave to random choice made in the mood of the moment. Clothing surrounds you and provides you with positive, helpful, success-oriented energy—or negative, distracting, draining energy.

When it comes to clothing, your work environment may require a certain style in order to fit within professional standards and guidelines. But before you put on that navy pinstripe suit or that pink cardigan set, consider this: How will this outfit make me look and feel for the rest of the day?

The colors, textures and design of your clothing, as well as the way it fits, can make you feel confident and in control—or weak, unimportant and ineffective. If you work from a home office, your clothing choices will be equally important. You either dress for your business to succeed or you dress for a mediocre day. Glitches, setbacks, obstacles, low focus and missed sales often happen right in your closet before the day begins.

How to Dress for Success

First and foremost, apply this rule for the best success energy:

If it doesn’t fit you, look great on you and make you feel like a million dollars, don’t buy it, and if it’s already in your closet, get rid of it.

Next, decide what kind of day you want to have, and dress accordingly. Determine which clothes give you lots of energy for a busy day, and which provide low-key energy for a quiet but highly productive day. Take into consideration the style, fit and color of the clothing when making these decisions. If you have a favorite suit that is somewhat subdued, but you love to wear it because you feel great in it, use accessories to give it that much-needed energy boost.

Use the guidelines below to pick the right clothes and energize your day:

Color, shape and design provide great positive energy if they are in alignment with your energy needs for the day.  Start noticing how you feel when you are wearing certain colors and designs. Pay attention to the events of your day in certain outfits. Do you feel drained, or do you still have enough energy left to enjoy your evening with family or friends?

If things haven’t been going right for you, it’s time to take a serious look at changing what you’ve been wearing. You will be more focused, efficient and effective by wearing clothing that not only looks and feels good, but also provides energy to help you accomplish your goals and objectives each and every day.

PAT HEYDLAUFF is president of Energy Design, a company
that uses proven Feng Shui principles to improve the bottom line.
As a consultant and speaker, Pat helps organizations and businesses
of all sizes remove stress and clutter, while increasing creativity,
team retention and productivity. Her forthcoming book,
Feng Shui:
So Easy a Child Can Do It outlines the small changes that can lead
to a big improvement in one’s personal and professional success.