ATTITUDE, AFTER ALL, IS EVERYTHING

You know those people who are always in a good mood and it never fails that they have something positive to say? What do you think of those people? Are you one of those people?

A couple of days ago my friend Mary sent me a story and I thought that it needed to be shared with others as a way to encourage people to choose their attitude daily. It’s a short read.

John is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, ‘If I were any better, I would be twins!’

He was a natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad day, John was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.

Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up and asked him, ‘I don’t get it! You can’t be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?’

He replied, ‘Each morning I wake up and say to myself, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or .. you can choose to be in a bad mood. I choose to be in a good mood.’

Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or…I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it.

Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or… I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life.

‘Yeah, right, it’s not that easy,’ I protested.

‘Yes, it is,’ he said. ‘Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations.

You choose how people affect your mood.

You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It’s your choice how you live your life.’

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How about you? 

What’s your attitude?

 

 

HOW ARE YOU STARTING YOUR DAY?

Are you one of those people who jump out of bed at the last-minute, rush to get ready, and then you’re out the door to a busy day of work? What effects does operating this way have on your life (Have you even thought about this)? Do you ever feel like you’re missing something and if you just slowed down a bit you just might find it?

For as long as I can remember, I would sleep till the last-minute, hurry up and get ready, and then run out the door on my way to where I needed to be. I would forget things, spill all over my shirt, run into something, the list goes on – you know what I’m talking about.

I did this for years (you might be living this way) until I realized that there was a better way to start off my day and the results were totally worth it!

Here is how I start off my day:

1. Pray and mediate: I Thank God for my faith, my family, my friends, and all the wonderful things he has blessed me with. I ask him for wisdom, understanding, and a servant heart.

2. Love: I tell my wife how much I love her and how blessed I am to spend the rest of my life with her.

3. Exercise: I take care of my health so that I can live a long life filled with great experiences. Each morning, I will either run, cycle, stretch or lift weights.

4. Eat: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and if you miss it you will feel it. For me, I try to eat a healthy breakfast that can give me the energy I need to get through my day.

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How are you starting off your day?

 

TIPS TO UP YOUR SALES GAME

Are you trying to up your sales game and start ringing the cash register?

Here’s a few tips I’ve learned over the years.

According to a 2002 Harvard study, great salespeople have the following in common: They do not take “no” personally, they take responsibility for their results, they are empathetic, they are ambitious, they are very goal-oriented, and they find it easy to approach strangers.

Here are a few other tips on what it takes to be a great sales person:

The harder you try, the worse you’re going to do. The harder you try, prospects sniff out the desperation. Just back off a bit and let them be more intrigued with what you have to offer.

Don’t try to close the deal on the first date. Build rapport with prospects. Once they trust and like you, it’s all downhill from there. How do you build rapport? Listen, learn, and don’t put your needs first.

Your job is to help the customer get what he or she wants, not sell them what you want.

Always be listening for clues. People interpret information in different ways. Some people are visual, others are auditory, and yet others are primarily kinesthetic (feelings).

No doesn’t always mean no, it might mean many things – you just have to take the time to figure it out.

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DISCUSSION QUESTION:

What sales tips can you share?

 

SHOW UP AND WORK

From the time I was able to work, my Dad taught me a very valuable lesson, he said, “Son, if you ever want to have anything in your life, you have to show up and work for it”. And I remember those days showing up to pour concrete at 7-am in the morning – that sucked, but we did it and got it done.

Would you agree that every successful person knows that, more than a positive mental attitude, you have to show up and work for it? Zig Ziglar teaches this important tip and he says, “SHOW UP AND WORK!”

Showing up is hard, and sometimes it flat-out sucks (well most of the time), that’s the reason you don’t want to do it, but the truth is, that is why most people never succeed – they don’t want to show up and do the work.

You want a simple tip that can help you get over this whole work thing and help you get more done? This is what I’ve tried to do lately. Segment all your action steps and then do the hardest ones first, you know the ones that you usually avoid. If you can do this, I believe that you, at some point in your life will end up with things that most people will never have.

If it were easy everyone would be doing it. Art is hard. Selling is hard. Writing is hard. Making a difference is hard. Show up and do the hard work that others are unwilling to do.

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DISCUSSION QUESTION? 

Are you showing up and doing the work?

 

TODAY IS NOT THE DAY TO GIVE UP

When you believe in something to the point that you are willing to lose everything and keep going, you are a warrior who has made a decision to persevere believing that all things are possible. Have you made this decision that no matter what the odds, no matter what the challenges – even losing everything, that you will persevere chasing after your goals?

I would say that perseverance is perhaps the most important skill that every human needs to develop as it is essential to reaching any sort of destination whether that be: a personal goal of losing weight, starting a company, raising capital for your company, getting a piece of technology off the ground, a long-term friendship, your relationship with God, and last but not least marriage – this takes serious perseverance.

John Maxwell says a quote that I think is perfect for this, “Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.” Are you willing to hang on after others have let go? When you start to lose your grip, your hands are almost bleeding, and your at the point of packing up your bags and going home, are you going to deny all of these things and stay the course of action knowing that your destination just might be right up ahead?

Today is not the day to give up….on anything, and I mean anything, today is the day that you put your head down, build a plan, and keep charging forward – this just might be the best decision you ever make that will change your life forever. Now GO.

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DISCUSSION QUESTION: 

Perseverance is not easy, but it’s worth it. So, are you going to be someone who hangs on, or are you going to be someone who, like most people, lets go?

 

QUIT MAKING LAME EXCUSES

Are you an innovator or just a lame excuse maker? Earlier this week, Mitch Ditoff posted an awesome blog titled ” The 100 Lame Excuses for Not Innovating”. After reading through the ENTIRE list, it made me realize how often I hear these excuses from friends, family, companies, and everyone in between.

How about this? I challenge you to take a look at the list (All the way through) and see what excuses are currently holding you back from innovating and ultimately making something happen.

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PEOPLE PAY FOR GREAT NOT GOOD

I was catching up with my good friend Jimmy Petrie today (who by the way is a marketing, business development, and entrepreneurial guru) about business, opportunities, and what we both have going on. We talked for a good while which lead into a great conversation about playing within our strengths and handing off our weaknesses.

I always enjoy having this conversation (It is one of my favorites) about strengths because it is just so perfectly fitting and I wished I had learned it allot sooner in my life – at least I’m living by it now!

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MEGA VISION

Do you have a mega vision? Or is your vision very micro and nothing of any worth? Might it be time to throw out your ridiculously small-minded vision and come up with a mega vision for yourself, maybe your company, our country, and our world?

Don’t settle for a small vision. Small visions don’t change the world. Small visions don’t get us or you out of challenging times. Small visions are pathetic and pathetic is something we need less of these days.

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