The subject of this week’s article was a big learning curve for me. Here’s how….
The truth is in the past I would have rather eaten moldy slippers than have asked for a pay rise. Me, ask for more money? Never! Thankfully that has now changed. I have asked for several pay rises this week.
When I set up my yoga business the first time around, I held the self-limiting beliefs that to be a yoga teacher I had to be comfortable with having no money and living in a world of lack.
So off I went running across town, sometimes teaching 5 classes in a day in different locations, charging the least amount I could get away with. When my mortgage went up, I took on more classes until I burnt out. I wasn’t getting time for lunch. The job I loved then became a chore as it was exhausting and no matter how hard I worked I always felt broke.
So I went back to what I was trained in, a 9-5 office job. It was easier this way for a while, it wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t what I wanted to do. Thankfully I now work for myself again. I’m running the Word Sprite full time and this time I’m going to make it work and value my worth.
So with that in mind here are my tips on asking for a pay rise.
- Value yourself. Remind yourself daily of what you are good at. The more you can do this the more people will value you back I feel.
- Believe in your work and know why you do it, e.g, I do my work to help and inspire people.
- Read positive affirmations written in present tense facing the mirror every day. Check out Louise Hay for tips on this.
- If something I do doesn’t work, instead of self-negating myself I adopt a positive mindset and think, hmm this isn’t working yet, what do I need to learn? Try it.
- Realise that attitudes to money can be learned behaviour which can be changed with a little bit of effort each day. See the cup as half full not empty. A good life coach can help with this.
Next time you are scared to have an uncomfortable conversation like asking for a pay rise, ask yourself if not saying something will serve you in the long run? That pay rise could be just one conversation away.
Be honest with yourself about what you want and explain to whoever you are having the conversation with your reasons for the request. I find most people understand if I explain the reasons.
Best of luck and let me know how you get on! If you like my work, please share as it makes a difference.
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