I will use this road-test to work through overcoming the reasons for stagnating, as discussed in the previous blog:
- Don’t look or blind to opportunities
- Still do nothing
- Amazing excuses
- Loving your story!
Opportunity Once I decided to road test Christmas casual work an ad for positions appeared in a feed that day, how quick was that! It gets better, it was at Myer in the next suburb! How does this happen, luck or science? Let’s focus on the science.
Our brains see an abundance of images and information, too much, so to avoid overload the brain filters out tons of unnecessary information based on where our focus is. I decided to land a casual job and the brain adjusted it’s filter to present opportunities that met my focus. Amazing machine that brain.
Do something In this instance I jumped in and applied immediately. I didn’t:
- ignore it;
- come back to it later; or
- overthink it and scare myself off.
I tweaked my resume to highlight my customer focus and the benefits my unique skills would bring to Myer, and I pressed submit.
No Excuses I took action so quickly that I didn’t allow the excuses to creep in. Woo hoo, well not so quick with the praise, in the days between application and interview request, I came up with tons:
- I have no retail experience
- I’m too old
- I’m overqualified
- I applied too late
- I’m too good for this (nasty ego crept in)
- I haven’t shopped at Myer lately
- I can’t be on my feet all day
- My dog is used to me working from home, he’ll get lonely!
There were more but you get the point, if you allow yourself enough time you think of so many excuses that you lose confidence, and revert back to doing nothing.
The Story In this instance I was too quick to develop a story, although looking at the excuses I can easily come up with a compelling monologue. It would go like this:
” No-one, especially not Myer, is going to hire me, I’m too old, hopelessly inexperienced, have no idea what I’m doing, and anyway I’m too good for this job, so there!”
Sound familiar? Yeah, and it was remarkably easy to fall back to and believe that story! Luckily I applied before I got to this stage, because as it turns out, that story, as captivating as it is, was FAKE NEWS!
I was successful and the next thing you know I’m working at my local Myer.
As an option for extra cash, it worked for me, although it may not be for everyone. If you physically cannot be on your feet for long periods of time, then look for another opportunity, my feet may never forgive me!
The downside,other than sore feet? Working long days, into the night, including Christmas eve and most public holidays except Christmas, guess that’s why it’s called Christmas casuals! Did I get jealous of holidaying friends, hell yeah, but then I would remind myself that I chose to pursue this opportunity, and focus on the benefits.
The upside, and there were plenty:
- consistent income for 2 months
- generous staff discount
- inside know on the sales
- working with a great bunch of retail professionals
- flexible hours which allowed me to remain focused on my business
- and naysayers be damned, I had great customers
My stint at Myer may have ended, but what about this road-testing gig? It was so valuable that it will continue as an integral part of being a Wealthy Chick coach.
Most important learning? Stop overthinking, back yourself and continue to do the stuff that’s scary, because I am extremely capable. Confidence is like a muscle, and stepping out of my comfort zone strengthen that muscle.
If this series has inspired you to take even the smallest step towards an opportunity I’d love for you to write a comment, or message me privately on the Wealthy Chicks facebook page.
If you need help to stop stagnating and pursue opportunities you can also message me, or go to my website wealthychicks.com.au and sign up for a coaching package. I’d love to help you with your wealthy chick dream.