No matter what business or part of life you are in, image is a big deal. The first thing people see when they meet you is what you look like. No one can avoid image. In the fitness world, if you are out of shape, your image is poor and people are not going to trust you. You may be the smartest person in the world but if you don't show that you can get yourself in shape then how is anyone else supposed to believe that you can get them in shape? As a trainer, a coach, or even a gym owner, you are a leader. You influence those around you whether it be members and athletes, co-workers, or your employees. Keeping that in mind it has to be priority to lead by example. So many times I see trainers doing things such as showing up late to appointments, leaving weights out all over the floor, and breaking gym rules. By doing this, it says to members that it's ok to do these things and the gym ends up being left a mess. I realize accidents happen, alarm clocks are missed, and we are too rushed to pick a dumbbell up sometimes. But this doesn't mean all the time. People should take pride in their job whether it is their ultimate goal or not. Whatever it is you do, do it to the best of your ability and look good while doing it. People will notice this and you never know who may be watching. One lazy action could get you demoted or fired while one extra effort to go above and beyond might take you to the next level. If you are always presenting yourself to the best image possible, then you would never have to worry who may be watching.
Take pride in your appearance and actions and realize there are people who look up to you. Do good things and they will follow.