Branding is a big topic in today’s business world. Everywhere we look we can see examples of branding. Just think of companies like McDonald’s, Coca Cola, and Toyota. These companies work hard to create and maintain their brand images. Branding is actually somewhat of a recent phenomena in business. It was started back with Proctor and Gamble when they decided to name one of their soaps Ivory. Naming the soap proved to be an excellent idea to the determent of their other soap products. People stopped buying the generic soaps and began buying Ivory. Because of the success of Ivory, P&G realized the importance of branding and began a branding revolution. And branding is not just for companies; individuals have their own brands too.
You may not think of yourself as a brand, but you are. Most of us do not work at creating a specific brand like the big name products that we have all come to know and love. But, it doesn’t matter. We are creating a brand everyday, consciously or unconsciously. Unfortunately, most of us are creating our brands unconsciously.
Everything we do, say, wear, every expression and even things we don’t say and do create a brand. We cannot not communicate our brand because it is part of who we are. We might have a brand as a trustworthy person, or a good friend, or perhaps something not as positive such as someone who is always late. Our brand is communicated everyday by every action we take.
Stop creating an unconscious brand. Your brand is important because it says who you are and what you stand for. It communicates a great deal of information about you and can help or hurt you. Instead of being oblivious to the brand you are creating, begin taking charge of your brand. Your brand lets others know what you stand for, what they can expect from you and what kind of person you are. Make sure it communicates accurately.
What does your brand say about you?
In your journal answer the following questions: What are the qualities you most want to be known for? How are you making those qualities know? What do others say are your most important qualities? Knowing the answer to these questions will help you creating an awareness of your brand.
Daily Success Formula
Unconscious living = Unconscious brand
“Character is the foundation stone upon which one must build to win respect. Just as no worthy building can be erected on a weak foundation, so no lasting reputation worthy of respect can be built on a weak character.” R. C. Samsel
“A man’s reputation is what other people think of him; his character is what he really is.” Jack Miner