Who are you trying to impress today?
What if you only worked on impressing yourself?
I know this can be difficult because there is a natural survival tendency to be liked and wanted, but what if just for today you asked the following questions.
How do I want to look? Vs. How will they think I look?
What do I want to say? Vs. What do they want to hear?
What do I want to do? Vs. What do they want me to do?
What do I want to own? Vs. What will they think about what I own?
What do I want to be better at? Vs. What do they want me to be better at?
If you have the courage to ask these questions on regular basis then over time then you will attract more people that like you for who you are, but there is also the danger that you will lose the people you’ve been trying to impress.