I think I know who
you are. I dont know your name, of course, or where you
live or exactly what you look like, but I am guessing:
Youre in your forties, fifties or sixties.
You are, perhaps, romantically unattachednever married
(not through any wish of your own), divorced, or moving out of a
relationship that has failed. Maybe youve been climbing a
career ladder for years, putting everything else on the
backburner, and you woke up one day to wonder if it was too late
for romance, love and marriage.
You are, perhaps, in a marriage or a relationship thats
wrong, maybe even terribly wrong. But the idea of leaving, of
being on your own and alone, is terrifying. You may think you
dont have the courage or the strength to change and find
something better, or you may think its just too late.
Possibly, youre comfortably married and have been so for
years, but those years have been filled with work, raising kids,
maintaining a home, keeping the gears of a complicated life oiled
and running. Youhow you looked, how you felt about
yourself, what you neededcame last on the list. And the
years are showing now, in your body, your face. Your man is still
looking youthful. Youre looking old.
Youre not happy with your appearance. Or, you absolutely
hate the way you look. You really know you ought to get to work
on yourself, you even know how you should do thatbut
youre not doing it.
Youre not happy with your life. But you think all your
chances for a better one have come and gone. Its just too
late for you to change.
Am I right?
Now, the good news: Youve got a hold of this book. The
tide is about to turn!
Let me tell you a little about how this book came to be:
In 1990, I created Grant Image, a personal image
consulting businessmy pride and joy and lifes
workand since then I have successfully reimaged over five
hundred women (and a fair number of men as well). I lead my
client through all the steps she needs to look and feel her best,
to dress appealingly, and to present herself with confidence and
self-assurance. Time and time again, I have watched my clients
begin to take charge of their lives in the most astounding ways.
They go after jobs they previously believed were beyond their
capabilities; they forge healthier, stronger relationships with
the individuals in their lives; they essentially develop their
personalities, much for the better.
A couple of years ago, a woman came to me for a consultation.
She explained that shed spent the last twenty years of her
life building a business. It was a highly successful business, at
thatshe had recently sold her company for twenty-three
million dollars! She was intelligent, hard-working and
determined. Yet she was unhappy and desperately lonely. In her
early forties, she hadnt had a date in years. I
always had the attitude, she said, that this is me,
successful and smart. People are going to like me no matter how I
look. Maybe people liked her, but men didnt want to
take her out and get to know her. She was thinking she should
just give up on the idea of ever finding a husband; men, she
said, just werent attracted to her.
I had to be honest with her: Understandably, they wouldnt
be! Overweight, frumpy, she looked ten years older than she was.
Her hair was bushy and grew low on her forehead, shed
never worn makeup, and her smile revealed lots of gums and
yellowish teeth. She dressed like a hippie. Working to achieve
independence and success, acquiring more money than she knew what
to do with, she hadnt spent any time on herself in years!
She had assumed that the right man would somehow, sooner or
later, just show up. He hadnt.
By the end of our talk, shed made a decision to change
her life, starting that day. I assured her there was a lovely,
attractive woman hiding under all that hair and sadness, dying to
be set free. But if we were to be successful, she would have to
trust me, and put the same kind of time and effort into her
reimaging as she had put into her business. And so the process
I helped her reimage herself from the top of her head to her
toes. It took months, and relentless determination on her part to
lose weight, and to accept and act on all the changes I
recommended. Some she resented and protested, such as the
suggestions to have her teeth laminated and her gums surgically
raised (she did). Together we worked out the plan and I gave her
some options. All she had to do was to act on them. None of it
The remarkable next chapter: A year later, she was, indeed, a
beautiful woman. Not only was she lovely to look at; she was, in
fact, breathtaking! She moved and talked and interacted with
people with a social ease and confidence she had never known. She
was meeting men and dating and, she said, having the time
of my life!
Her storybeginning with my reimaging programwas
the subject of a front page article in the Wall Street Journal.
Publishers wanted to hear more, and my client went on to write a
book about her experiences. And I started to think, again, about
something that had been in the back of my mind for years. It was
time to write my own book about reimaging. I knew so much I
wanted to share with other women, because the journey Ive
guided hundreds of clients through is a journey I first took
Its a journey that has two parts: First, work hard to get
yourself looking and feeling wonderful. Second, work hard to find
your lifes partner.
When I was first thinking about what I wanted to say, I searched
the bookstore shelves to see what else was available for women
with the needs I hoped to address. And what I found was most
interesting: An armful of books that tell you how to get a man.
Yes! In just those words! Theres even one of the popular
Idiots guidebooks devoted to dating, advising the reader
on everything from how to flirt to when to call it quits. Quite a
few of these books talk to the older woman; they offer the
hopeful message, love and marriage with the right man can
be yours at age forty, fifty and more. They are filled
with advice about first dates, communicating, having (or not
having) sex, and so on. And somewhere around page 150 is buried
the suggestion that a woman searching for romance, love and
marriage of course needs to look good...present a
pleasing, attractive appearance.
I found another armful of books about looking great, putting
your best image forward, losing weight, dressing in style, and so
on and so on. And somewhere around page 150 of those books comes
the suggestion that all this of course will increase your appeal
to men. Or maybe that thought isnt even mentioned at all:
Just look great for yourself.
What Im here to say is, the two go together! The woman
who longs to find a terrific man, which is just what so many
women Ive come to know really do want, in their heart of
hearts, must first look and feel like a terrific woman. This is
my point of view, and this is how Ive put together the
book youre about to read. I will show you how to reinvent
your appearance, feel great about yourself, and find a healthy,
happy relationship with the love of your life. If, however, a new
man is not what you need, take your new self and go after your
other lifelong dreams and goals.
You can do it. Any woman can.
So lets begin!
Copyright © Sheila Grant