TRUE STORY: During my first year on the job, I cried at my bosses desk a total of 5 times because I messed something up.
TRUE STORY: A client accidently forwarded me an email response directed toward his peer that said, “Nadene is an idiot.” He called me apologizing after I responded with, “Ouch.” but the fact that he made such an idiot mistake is the ironic part. MORON.
How much time do YOU spend thinking about what you should have said? Are you living in the moment or picturing yourself making your boss or client cry like a baby?
In life, and especially working for a large corporation, you MUST have thick skin. The reality is this- everyone is out for their own best interest. Your boss may have shot you down or a client might have given you a big fat NO- but I promise you, they forgot about it and you have remembered. Instead of letting it linger, put it in the past and move on to the next. No sense in wasting time! Experiences like that make up who we are and make us stronger.
Here are 3 Tips to get Thick (and glowing) Skin:
1. If you find yourself thinking about a stressful past situation or conversation for over 2 days, it’s time to take action or let it go. Take action: confront the person or situation by discussing why it bothers you to come to resolution. Let it go: You did the best you could and your intentions are good. IT’S OVER. STOP WASTING YOUR TIME.
2. Laugh it off. I suck? haha! Idiot? haha! It works everytime.
3. Picture Yourself Powerful. Think of a time when you made a powerful decision and had huge success. It may have been when you delivered a powerful speech, closed a great sale, or impressed the shit out of your boss. You have it in you and you WILL succeed again.
GET FRESH and build Thick Skin so you can spend time getting ahead.