20 Ways to Increase Your Earnings

Let go of your fear of failure and replace it with confidence. 

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Become a Fire Starter

You've got the power within you to earn more than the number on your paycheck says Danielle LaPorte, author of The Fire Starter Sessions (Crown Archetype). Here, 20 tips to fire up your confidence.

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Believe In Yourself

You've got to believe that you're worth more. It all starts there. You can hesitate and be doubtful, you can even worry that you won’t get what you want, but in your heart of hearts, you have to fully claim that you’re worthy—and amazing.

The world reflects back to you how much you value yourself.
 

Practice Negotiating

Role play. Ask a friend to be tough on you. Your friend's job is to play hardball and coach you to stand in your power. Act out the "part" of being a hard-hitter. The point of the exercise is to uncork your inner money ninja. Trumpet your praises, stamp your feet, "I'll go for six-figures, a parking spot, and an extra three weeks paid holidays." Just try on righteousness for size.

 

And then come back to center, back to what feels true in your bones: You are willing to give it your all. And you deserve to have your energy matched.

 

 

 

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Become an Expert

Become obsessed with your industry. I never went to university, but I ended up running a think tank in Washington, DC for future studies. I wrangled a Mensa-level team of analysts to study global trends. I hustled and self-studied my way through the labyrinth. I went to every conference, read every journal. I asked for meetings, I took notes. I went to experts for nourishment and... I grew and grew and grew.

 

 

 

 

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Put in the Work

Put in the work. Sweat, hustle, pour it on. There are no short cuts to initiation, just accept that wisdom takes time to accumulate. In that respect, you’re getting richer and more valuable everyday.

 

 

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Strive for Life Balance

Healthy you = increased creativity = increased moolah.

 

 

 

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Make Others Shine

The most powerful intention any team player can have is to help other team players look good, and be better at what they do.
 

 

 

 

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Improve Your Communication Skills

Good communication starts with dialoguing with yourself to get clear about how you feel. Try journaling, contemplation, a walk to clear your head. Once you're rooted to your own truth, you can speak with sincerity and clarity. And sincerity goes a lot further than "polished" skills any day.
 

 

 

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Become a Powerful Networker

Does anyone really "like" networking? Just the word stirs up feelings of dread for most of us. It needs a mental re-frame to shift your energy around it. Like so: "I'm here to be of service. I'm here to attract great things into my life. I'm here to learn."

 

And then you need to detach from the results. If you enter every new meeting with the "What can I get from this?" stance, not only does it create anxiety for you but it's kind of… repelling for everyone else.

 

 

 

 

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Learn From Networking

What you gain from networking is one part moxie (reaching out), one part stamina (following through), and one part magic: You never know how or when the universe will weave in a life-changing connection for you.

 

 

 

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Create a Support System

Hang with smart people and you get smarter. A community also boosts your resilience, which you’ll need plenty of on the road to authoritative wisdom and rock star paychecks.

 

 

 

 

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Don't Fear Change

Be the one creating the change.

 

 

 

 

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Rethink Your Resume

Be genuine, focus on your accomplishments (not necessarily your “skills”), make space for your passion.

 

 

 

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Find the Courage to Become an Entrepreneur

Respect the fact that doubt is part of the creative process. Believe in your intentions. Don't let perfectionism become procrastination. Start now.
 

 

 

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Photo courtesy of Kheng Guan Toh/Shutterstock.com

Accept Criticism

Say thank you for the criticism. Seriously. Whether you’ve been rightly or wrongly critiqued, say thanks. Thanks for letting me know, thanks for bringing it up, thanks for communicating. Whether you agree or not, it’s a learning opportunity and you can muster some gratitude for that. Hard knocks always translate into value.
 

 

 

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Embrace Change

Major structural changes in an organization can be the best time to swoop in and ask for more of what you want. Take advantage of the shake up to re-define your role—and the pay that should come with it.
 

 

 

 

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Speak Up

Tell your boss the story of your future. Vocalize your ambition. Risk it.
 

 

 

 

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Find Your Value

Create value. Create value. Create value.

 

Expertise isn’t always tied to productivity—yes, results rule, but culturally, I think we're overly focused on productivity and not focused enough on increasing value. It doesn’t matter if you stock twenty shelves if the product isn’t moving, or if you hit all your deadlines if your customers aren’t happy.

 

Rather than asking “What did I get done today?”, ask, “What value did I bring?” That's where your earning sweet spot is.

 

 

 

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Focus on Your Strengths

Being well-rounded is highly overrated. Greatness isn’t about turning your shortcomings into strengths, it’s about using your strengths to become even greater.

 

Your most valuable currency is what comes most naturally to you. Cash in. Focus on getting better at what you’re already best at. This is is how mastery happens.


CLICK HERE to get “DECLARE YOUR SUPER POWERS”, a free chapter from Danielle’s book forthcoming book, The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide To Creating Success On Your Own Terms
 

 

 

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Know What You're Worth

Consider the going rate, how you plan to increase your value to your organization, and what feels right to you.

 

 

 

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Ask

Remember this: Exceptional people ask for exceptions—and they tend to get them.

 

Before you sell yourself short, read this out loud: You don’t know until you ask.


More often than not, you get what you ask for. If people can see the value, they’ll find a way to find the money. 

 

 

 

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Jennifer Jeanne Patterson is a freelance writer and author of 52 Fights. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and three children. Find her blog at Unplanned Cooking.

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