Tuesday, April 24, 2012
A Case of the Pre-Shift Jitters
So it comes as no surprise that I have been experiencing pre-shift jitters before starting any of my waxing services for the day. At first, I thought my jitters meant that I wasn't a good waxer. After all, waxing was one of those things that actually made me nervous in beauty school because I didn't get as much practice as I would have liked to. The truth is, you never get as much practice as you'd like to in school. It's impossible. In school, you learn enough of the basics to get you prepared to work in the professional world. Then once you start working in the professional world, you get plenty of practice to hone your craft, learn efficient time saving tricks and eventually develop your own style.
I've realized that my jitters aren't a reflection of my skills (or lack of) as a new waxer. My jitters are simply a self-imposed way of keeping my professional frame-of-mind in check. My jitters reassure me that I care enough about my craft to do my very best and give each and every client that I see 150% of my time, effort and attention to detail. Those pesky jitters always seem to go away once I get into my groove of the service with my first client. Once I've gotten warmed up, my confidence kicks in. I then quickly remember that I'm a great waxer who is performing a stellar service for each of my clients.
As nerve-wrecking as having jitters before a shift can be, I'm so happy that they are there to challenge me and inspire me to constantly be learning on this new journey along my career path.
Do you get pre-shift jitters?