Greetings my friends in Sales!
Let me start our visit with a question. If you had to observe a behavior that is consistently demonstrated by every highly performing sales person, what would it be? At the top of my list would be the highly developed practice of “Being Proactive.”
What do I mean by this? Before going into the short answer, I encourage you to read through Habit 1 of Stephen Covey’s novel “7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” In this section on private victories he talks about four unique compositional elements we possess as individuals in our common life experience. Covey points out that the most highly developed and successful people, are those that manage life experiences, regardless of external conditions, in a proactive manner!
Now the short answer: being proactive is the practice of increasing the space that exists between stimulus and response; and being consistent in using this refined awareness to keep promises made to one’s self.
To clarify, let me ask you to think about an achievement in your personal or professional life that brings you satisfaction? To what degree are you able to credit the outcome to your success in delaying gratification; and to consistently following a plan that credible sources would agree was sound?
My take away thought for today…. We are fast approaching the time of year that many in sales would say is the slowest. Are you being proactive in keeping your pipeline development commitments…? If yes, I humbly salute you!
Your Salesman for Life.
Quote on my mind: There is no standing still. We are going either forward or backward.