Show me the Money!
Posted on January 02, 2020
Years ago, I was going to ask for a raise from my boss, which I felt was well deserved, yet, I was still nervous as anything. I had only asked for a raise twice before and both times got told NO, for various reasons, but still, I was nervous yet determined for this time to be a YES.
This time, I read a few articles on how to get that raise and not just ask for it. I had all my ducks in a row, I knew what I had been bringing to the table, increased profit margins, new sales and clients that I had brought in…so I felt there was no way they could say No, but then again, I thought that before. But this time was going to be different, it had to be.
So, the day came where I had my special meeting scheduled, that morning, I drank my coffee as normal, started getting my work clothes out, but I couldn’t shake my nervous feeling. So, I started thinking through all the reasons why I deserved this raise and somewhere in my self pep-talk, I decided to choose green undies for the day for my “show me the money” attitude. There was no way I was walking out of that room without some sort of raise. So green undies it was – I was picking my panties like I had picked my attitude for that day.
Let’s just say I got that raise and I also got a title increase. In addition, my boss told me I should use that kind of authoritative approach to more of our internal meetings. So does this mean I need to wear green undies everyday now?! HA.
In all seriousness, I have no doubt that choosing those green undies that morning played their part in my meeting that day. On a regular basis I have continued to Pick my Panties like I Pick my Attitude for the day. How confident, how saucy, how classy, how quiet, how did I need to be that day – what undies made me feel that way. It’s not everyday you can say a job taught you how to pick your undies, but in hindsight, that’s just what that job did. I grew personally and professionally at that company by thinking everyday about my attitude, first thing in the morning. I challenge you to do the same. Chose a meeting, choose a difficult client, choose a tough day ahead to mentally prepare and pick those undies that will help you not just get through that situation, but to excel through it.