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multiplechoice

My daughter Mackenzie had a test coming up so we talked about her upcoming multiple choice test, then I had her go in the other room to study for it. In no time, she brought her worksheet back-all smiles, saying that she was ready for me to quiz her-only when I asked her the questions, I mixed up the her choices of answers. In other words, if the answer to #1 was “A,” I instead made “B” her first choice, “C” her second and so on. My intuition was right; Mack didn’t even wait for me to finish asking the question before she blurted out the letter as her answer-she got them all wrong because she had memorized the letter-she never learned the answers.

So much of what you and I do every day is through memorization-not learning. Many things have been downloaded into our internal hard drives from a very young age.  You’ve memorized the actions of others and today, you do many of the things your parents and family members did without even thinking about it. Every day you brush your teeth, bathe (hopefully), put your pants and socks on, drive to work, cook, and a thousand of other things without even thinking.

Every day, we’re picking the letter “D,” all of the above-we make decisions without challenging why we are making them.

If you find your career has plateaued; your weight is heading north; or your relationship has grown stagnant, chances are you’ve chosen “D.” You’ve stopped learning and now you’re just sleepwalking through life.

Life doesn’t have to be all multiple choice…as if there are only 4 possible options to choose from-no, from this moment on, start filling in the blank__________-a blank that YOU fill in…but don’t just fill it in with muscle memory or a I got if from my mama kind of legacy answer…

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Damn, go find your answer today…go find something today to put in your blank. There’s no right or wrong answer necessarily-sure you’re going to f’ up-you’re going to wish you would’ve done it a different way, but hell at least you filled in your blank instead of turning in your Life’s test with nothing put in those blanks….

This is YOUR Life…your blank…and it’s on you to fill in the blanks. 

I remember when I moved to F&I a little over a year ago. I hadn’t spun paper in nearly 2 decades so obviously things had changed. I’d gotten pretty good working at persuading and negotiating with a customer to buy a vehicle, but had lost the skill set and verbiage of how to handle all of the financing options for them. Life moved and I was forced to learn these skill sets again. I either had to adapt, gain my competence and confidence back or my career was dead.

Ask yourself this question today. “When was the last time it was the first time?” Think about that…when was the last time it was your first time attempting something new, different, or forgotten? That’s a question that stumps us all.

Toss the letters…

Fill in your blank today…

I’ll see you on the Blacktop.

 

burning calender
You’ve got 53 days, a little over 1200 hours, or if it makes you feel better,4 million seconds until it’s January 1. After we smash the black eyed peas & cabbage- after we realize that we way overspent for Christmas, again, comes the realization that we’ve got to set some goals. I know what you’re thinking, “Oh Lord here we go again!”..coming soon will be a deluge of posts and podcasts of how to set and stick to a goal…and most of us-to the tune of 92% of us, will break from these goals in days, weeks, or a few short months. (If you’re part of the 8% who keep to your goals, you disgust me.)
My question is this. Why wait 53 more days? Why not make today your New Year- your January 1- your New Year? Who says we have to wait for the ball to drop in Times Square to start building a better life?
Starting is hard… it’s hard because starting is beginning again (for the 12,317th time).  It’s a reminder that we’ve let things go for far too long. Whether it’s in our finances, waistline, or our workouts, we stand there looking in the mirror or at our accounts and beat the hell out of ourselves because we’re not who or where we once were.  We sentence ourselves to eternal condemnation…if we talked to others liked we talked to ourselves we’d have no friends… which is probably why we’re not friends with ourselves.
So here’s the deal… instead of waiting for the New Year on the calendar… make a New You starting now. Start now and you’ll be 50 days ahead. Starting now minimizes the pressure – the pressure of “the New Year.” It eliminates the psychological pressure you put on yourself, because instead of The Date,  it’s just an early start. You’re tricking your mind in a sense because instead of going all Beast Mode in January, working out three hours a day and being so sore that you’re walking like you crapped on yourself – feeling so bad that you just end up quitting anyway, start now and begin building incrementally. Instead of spending hours, just bust a sweat in 30 minutes with some sort of physical activity – whether it’s three days a week, Monday through Friday, or all seven days, start incrementally building your way into the New Year. And as you start your physical activity, swap out some of the foods for better choices- it doesn’t mean you eliminate eating altogether, it simply means that you satisfy your cravings – that sweet tooth, for healthier alternative. See, starting early-i.e. now (yes when you get off today),  you’ll get the soreness out of the way, you’ll begin to make better food choices, and you’ll start building a new you in bit sized increments. It’s making the tiny course corrections in working toward a goal without the formality of a January 1 date.
If finances is your issue …oh I know you plan on making $800 credit card payments for 12 months come next year (probably once), but why not make nibble at your debt by making payments earlier- by paying an extra $25.  It’s not huge-and that’s the what’s great about this start, it’s so subtly simple, it’s easy to do and not miss…think of it as a momentum investment towards getting your debt down. Hell, $25 extra each week- the money you’d would normally spend on a box of fried chicken and Yellow Tail wine, will get you a $200 head start toward bringing your debt down – and who knows, because you’re committed to the act, informally, you may just start adding a little bit more to see even faster results. You’ve got to just get things rolling-remember a snowball starts with a snowflake.
Think about it, you can do this with anything in life… if it’s reading more, eating better, saving for that vacation, being more effective in sales, or even starting a podcast… my January 1 started in October. I’d been putting off doing a podcast for years-waiting for the perfect time, equipment, and material, and I finally decided to just start. I said for six days each week,  I would commit  five minutes each day to share something that I’ve learned along the way. That podcast is what you now know as The Sales Life.
Make your January 1 today.
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measuringtape

The other day I ran into a friend of mine and before I could say anything, he slapped his stomach saying, “Man I’ve lost it…I just can’t get back on track and I’ve started gaining weight again.” I cut him off in mid-explanation and told him that it was OK. “Yes, you weigh more than you did a few months ago, but you still weigh less than you did years ago…just get back up and get back in-you’re still in the game!” 

I think we do what Gary did-we compare who we were to who we are today. We compare the summits-the mountaintop, holy grail accomplishments of yesterdays to the valley we find ourselves in today. We do it when it comes to weight loss, finances, relationships, careers-even our spirituality. We get so down and beat ourselves up so bad that we feel that we can never go back to who we once were.

And you know what? You are right…

You can’t go back to what you were because who you were or what you accomplished then was fitted specifically for that mindset and situation. Something drove you to climb that mountain then…now something’s got to drive you to climb back up it again today. Not only are you capable, but you’re also cultivating your grit and perseverance. You need the struggles-you need the fights in order to grow in the unchallenged recesses of your being.

If you’re in sales, to figure out how many customers you need to work with in a month (or final week of the month),  take your delivery percentages and divide it by your goal-there’s your number. Divide that number by the number of days left and get to steppin’-notice those numbers have zero to do with rebates, interest rates, or weather. It’s a number…now go get that number.

The relationship you once had with him is not-nor will it ever be what it was when you first met. Stop bashing him and reminding him of what he once was. You ain’t getting him back, but you do have a version of him today. Figure out what you both want and need and get to steppin’ in that direction.

If you’ve maxed out all of your credit cards-stop reminding yourself that you were once debt free. You’re not now, so figure what can you do now (not then) and get to steppin’ in that direction.

The world is tough enough, but hell, we’re even tougher on ourselves. The world just picks on you-we condemn ourselves. 

Today, draw the line in the sand and don’t cross back over it. NO EXCEPTIONS! Your excuse jar is empty, and your exception account is overdrawn. When you draw the line, you cannot allow cravings to creep back in. Like Gary did, once he made the exception to taste a little bit of fried food, he kept on moving the line-making “just one more” exception.

The 1’s add up.

Determine what are the actions that are triggering negative behavior. For me, when I vowed to lose weight, I knew that when I drank liquor I made exceptions and overate. I made one adjustment-when I came home from work instead of grabbing a beer, I quickly grabbed my running shoes and went right back outside. I didn’t give myself time to make another exception.

The first thing I want you to do it L.I.G.-let who you were go and focus on who you are right now. Today is a new day of opportunities-force yourself back in the game and get to steppin’. You did it once…you’ll do it again.

Go find your new summit.

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We always say, “Back in the days,” right? But it’s really never that way, saying it has a nice jingle to it, but it’s actually, “Back in the moments,” because as author Dan Milman says, “We don’t remember days, we remember the moments and it’s in those moments that determine the quality of our days.”
You have 2 of the toughest jobs ever-Sales & Life, which is why I call the podcast, The Sales Life,  because we’re all selling our way through Life. But when it comes to selling as a profession, we litterally walk out of our door every single day to fail. Because of the rejection, we’ve got to remember the moments-the moments when you were able to be a part of your customer buying their first vehicle; the moments they received a pay raise and wanted to treat themselves; the moments that they received a windfall of cash…or the moments they’ve had to start over-rebuilding not only their credit, but their lives as well.
Moments…
Moments that you shared with customers that you’ve known for decades-walking with them through various phases of their lives…
Moments when you the family embraced you as you came to pay your final respects…
See, the moments will push you through the days.
The days that you don’t know if you have the strength to go on.
The days when you struggle to get customer’s to say yes after hearing your landlord say no to letting you pay your rent a little late. The days where nothing seems to go your way- the day ending so bad that your car won’t even start so you can leave that night.
The days are tough…
So it’s important to remember the moments because it’s in those wonderful moments that determine the quality of your days. I like to say that the days are your experience and it’s through the experiences that cultivate your moments of wisdom. Moments determine the quality of your days.
I hope you have a good “moment” today.
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