I started a new job this week and it occurred to me that I could re-boot myself and show up as a whole new person. I only know one employee in my new workplace, so if I looked or acted differently than I used to, hardly anyone would be the wiser.
- I could be loud and laugh a lot.
- I could be cool and calculating.
- I could be a rah-rah cheerleader-style boss.
- I could leave Facebook open on my desktop all day.
- I could chat with the staff about what TV shows we watched last night.
- I could encourage my co-workers to make up a team and run a 5K with me.
Doesn’t sound like me? You guys know me too well – they don’t! Admittedly, I would have to watch and study every night to be able to talk about television 🙂
Another tempting option is to change my appearance.
- I could colour my hair.
- I could wear make-up.
- I could wear skirts or dresses.
- I could wear power suits!
- I could start accessorizing with scarves and bangles.
- I could decide on a look, such as Indie or Athletic.
If I really wanted to go out on a limb, I could blithely lie about myself!
- I’ve travelled to 20 other countries! (actual: 2)
- My other car is a Mustang! (actual household cars: Nissan and Hyundai)
- I can’t wait for Friday night so I can drink my face off! (actual: coffee?)
- On the weekends I take pole dancing and belly dancing! (actual: blogging and reading)
- We should compare tattoos! (actual: I am a blank canvas)
OK, you know what really happened my first week.
- I wore my usual uniform of a colour block T-shirt, dress pants and cardigan.
- Everyone asked me how many cats I had and could I bring pictures of them? (I did)
- I held a staff meeting and told everyone not to panic because I didn’t intend to make waves.
Oh, the perils of being oneself!
Have you ever made yourself over for a new job, a new school or a new city?