Are you someone who doesn’t live up to your earning potential? Try our Sheconomics quiz to find out.
Women in particular often undervalue their worth and dread asking for pay rises or increasing their rates. We happily give away our time and skills at bargain prices because we don’t trust that we’re worth more.
If you can identify with this, here’s a trick to help you convince yourself that you’re worth whatever you want to earn:
Take yourself off into a room alone for five minutes. Then, say out loud the amount you want to earn. It’s important to actually speak, rather than just think. Shout out your ideal annual salary, your anticipated profits or your daily or hourly rate.
Maybe you’re aiming for a daily rate of £600 per day. Start by saying ‘I earn £600 a day’. Then double it and say, ‘I earn £1,200 a day’. Then keep doubling it again and again, until you reach a ridiculous day rate that even David Beckham wouldn’t expect.
When you reach that silly figure, practice saying aloud that you are bringing in this whopping amount. Keep it up until you can say it in a neutral way, just as you’d reel off your own phone number. This tricks your subconscious mind into believing what you’re saying. Then, when you quote that higher daily rate, it’ll seem like peanuts and you’ll come across with real conviction.
Try it – it works!