Work’s going well. So well in fact, the job is now a permanent position.
Hallelujah for steady income.
Prior to signing on the dotted line, though there was the discussion of expectations – the number of clients I needed to sign up, the number of weekly visits I needed to make.
In previous roles, I would’ve blindly accepted them, no matter how unrealistic. And boy, would that get me into some sticky situations.
Being in sales, your performance, or lack thereof, is completely exposed.
There were some colleagues who were cunningly clever inflating their projected sales figures or exaggerating business opportunities.
A part of me was kind of jealous.
I was way too honest. And while others were able to hang on to their jobs with their hidden truths, I actually lost mine.
I just don’t have a very good poker face.
What you see, is what you get.
I don’t say that with defensive or defiant intentions. I am a self proclaimed demonstrative, emotional beast.
I can’t smile without showing teeth (unless I’m stuffing my face with pepperoni pizza).
I have eyebrows that arch subconsciously (saved for those “WTF???” moments).
With this job, however, it was time to be up front. Time to put my transparency to good use.
I let my boss know that the expectations were way too high. I’d do my best to try and get there but if these expectations were inded a deal breaker, then they’d best find someone else for the job.
I shouldn’t say I was surprised by the response because coming clean should always be a good thing, right?
But I was.
My boss’ reply was measured but fair. In the end, we changed some figures around which made me happier.
Not only because the expecations were now a lot more realistic but it was a great example of non- poker face success.
Then came the satisfied feeling of being in control, setting up my own work goals at the pace I can – or care to – handle.
Life isn’t about working towards what others think you should do or be.
A battle at times but being true to yourself and transparent to others sets you up for a life claiming your own successes. Whatever you perceive them to be.
Do you have a poker face? Can you smile without showing teeth? What’s your favourite pizza topping?
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