So many times I've seen people (figuratively) shoot themselves in the foot when they whip out the "I deserve it" attitude. No matter your upbringing, your income level, your accomplishments, or anything else you feel you're entitled to, stop feeling like you deserve anything special.
Now, I'm not saying you don't deserve anything special. Just the opposite, actually. But by having the mentality that the world owes you something will only bring you disappointment and grief.
"But Cami, if I'm not supposed to feel special, but you're saying I am special, what the hell am I supposed to feel?" I'm glad you asked, friend.
What emotion can serve you far better? Well, what is the opposite of feeling entitled? Ponder that one a minute. What's the opposite of that expectation that things will go your way, or that whatever you have just isn't good enough and you deserve more or better?
The answer, friend, is gratitude! You cannot hold entitlement and gratitude in your heart at the same time! Think about that, really pause and think. If you're in a state of constant thankfulness of all you've experienced, all you've done, and all you have, how can you possibly think you deserve MORE?!
I invite you to pause for a moment, every morning and remind yourself of three things for which you are grateful. They may even be small things, like knowing you can have a nice hot cup of coffee in the morning. Or big things, like waking up, surviving the night. Or massive things, like gratitude you were made with a functioning brain that's gotten you this far in life—that's freaking amazing!
Doing this first thing in the morning gives you another gift, besides just what feeling gratitude can do for you. It also alters your brain chemistry so you notice more things for which you can be grateful! It sets up a potential chain reaction of good juju!
Another instance of good juju for the win!
Thanks for reading! Good juju to you!
Sometimes it feels like a shot in the dark, just guessing what you should charge for your creative services.
There is a method I use that starts with your cost of business and builds from there. "But Cami, what is my cost of business?" I'm so glad you asked! =) It's the minimum amount you can bring in and still stay in business. It doesn't include anything extra, like vacation or savings; it's just the minimum.
I'm doing a webinar this week that starts with cost of business, then will go into more detail, helping you figure out what you should charge. (And, I might add, it's super reasonably priced at only $20!)
We'll also explore whether you should be charging hourly or by the project (there are huge benefits to both; you just need to know when to use one over the other); what a PITA fee is and if/when you should use it; and how to negotiate a rate that you and your client can both live with. It's me, so you know I'll include even more tips.
Please join me Friday, September 13 at 11:30 a.m. EDT (8:30 a.m. PDT)?