Raises, Bonuses, and Counting Before Hatching

You know that raise you talk about getting next year, as if it’s already reality? Or the bonus you’re sure will find its way to you this winter? And all the things you’re going to do with the newfound windfall, the things that you’re already becoming emotionally attached to?

Stop it. Don’t have workplace expectations that you are owed more than your salary. Basing your present on an uncertain future is a surefire way to get disappointed and disillusioned. Unmet expectations are cruel alarm clocks. And the workplace rifts that follow are hard to mend. 

Work hard. Plan well. But don’t depend on the not-yet-deposited.