Are you brave enough to ask for a raise or promotion?

Not feeling brave enough?

Today is day 10 of 12 Days of Enough.

It's the time of year where there are often opportunities ask for a raise or promotion, or for those entrepreneurs out there, raise your prices. 

If you aren't feeling brave enough, here's my Lifestyle Advice: Bravery takes practice.

Bravery is a skill, like any other. I was watching a great interview with Tim Ferris and Marie Forlio. They were talking about practicing in small ways for big moments. That way, when the big moment comes, you’re ready for it. Tim was talking about all the publishers who rejected his best-selling book, The Four-Hour Work Week.

He was rejected tons of times before the book was finally accepted. He said he would practice being rejected in small ways. Asking a barista at Starbucks if he could have a discount on his order. Just to hear the “no.” To get used to it.

Bravery is similar.

Practice it in small ways.

Ask for the table you want at your favorite restaurant. You may not always get it, but you will sometimes.

Being brave isn’t about getting your way, it’s about being willing to ask for what you want.

If you don’t practice bravery in small ways, chances are, you won’t have it when it comes to something big like a raise or promotion.

You can cram for this if necessary! Depending on how soon you need to ask for the raise or promotion (or raise your prices), you can start with doing one brave thing a day. If you don’t have much time, make it two or three things a day.

Remember it’s not about the outcome. Of course, we love it when we get a “yes” for our bravery, but the win is in the act of doing what scares us. Period. Give yourself the credit for doing it.

Being brave is a skill. It’s like a muscle. If you haven’t been exercising it, it’s probably pretty weak. As soon as you exercise it, the strength builds and then it’s there when you need it.

Because, you are brave enough! You might just need a little practice at it. :) 

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