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Have a great weekend everyone….
Lack of leadership invites backstabbing, gossip, sabotage, game-playing, and foot-dragging. But, don’t expect a savior on a white horse to rescue you after you've been stabbed in the back.
Getting even with the person who made you look bad makes you look bad. Respond in ways that you would brag to mom about.
You look fearful, weak, vindictive, angry, and defensive when you respond negatively to negative office politics.
Life can be tough..
Personal life, Business “life”. Things come out of nowhere that can knock you on your butt. But you gotta get back up. You just gotta! The more resilient you become early in your life, the more success will follow.
If you develop a tough mental mindset challenges can be overcome much easier.
Remember the old 80′s song by Matthew Wilder:
“Ain’t nothin’ gonna to break my stride
Nobody’s gonna slow me down, oh-no
I got to keep on movin’
Ain’t nothin’ gonna break my stride
I’m running and I won’t touch ground
Oh-no, I got to keep on movin’”
How ’bout some Chumbawamba:
“I get knocked down but I get up again You’re never going to keep me down”
- What songs motivate you to keep moving forward?
I will never proclaim that crushing defeats in sports are more challenging than those in personal or professional lives, but there are still lessons to be learned. In May of this year, the Toronto Maple Leafs professional hockey team blew a 3 goal lead in the third period of game 7 during the Stanley Cup playoffs. The eventually lost to the Boston Bruins in overtime.
This was one of the most catastrophic game 7 losses in professional sports history, and I hope all the players on that team are mentally tough enough to get through it, and excel at the highest level again. Having a short memory and “erasing” setbacks is crucial. Just keep looking forward.
Life can be tough. Everyone knows that. The 64,000 dollar question is can you be tougher?
I hope the answer is a resounding YES!
I had the distinct pleasure of seeing Garth Brooks play live in the mid 1990′s – and I was blown away! He is on a shortlist of artists that I would pay anything to see live again.
His passion for his music, his fans, and life in general is contagious!
My wife and I tried to see him in Las Vegas over the past few months, but it did just not work out.
The next best thing was on TV last night. He aired a two-hour concert from his recent stint at the Wynn in Las Vegas.
Here is a live cut of “Shameless” with Billy Joel live at the historic Shea Stadium in New York!
Keep on enjoying your weekend…
This is how you properly prepare before a sales call “Tim Mushey style!”
Oh yeah, if you have not stopped by my Facebook page yet, why don’t you this weekend at http://www.Facebook.com/SellLeadSucceed
There is also “no cover charge” for Black Friday over at our LinkedIn discussion group – The Daily Music Sanctuary.
I peaked your curiosity didn’t I? http://linkd.in/OeKGgr
See you over there
I would love to think that I am confident and feeling great about my abilities all the time. But I know better. Some days are better than others. Self-doubt creeps in to my head on occasion, even though I try to fight it with positive thoughts.
The power of other people’s words and actions can be life-changing for those who need a little pick-me-up from time to time.
Early in my career, I was floundering in a very demanding role making little money. Self-doubt crept in and I was wondering what I was doing there. One day I heard from a colleague that my boss told him I was doing a great job. When I heard that, I felt fantastic. His simple comment changed my perspective going forward.
A couple of weeks ago, I was having a bit of a rough go, and spent a few minutes looking at my LinkedIn profile. I decided to take a quick scroll through recommendations that people gave me. This one grabbed my eyeballs instantly:
“Loyal. Passionate. Dedicated. Motivated. These are only a few of the many adjectives that I could use to describe Tim as both an individual and business colleague. I have saved the best for last, though, in that I must comment on the man’s integrity. I have had the pleasure of knowing Tim for 30+ yrs now, and must say that in all that time I have yet to come across another individual who displays the consistency of actions, values, measures and principles that Tim does. Tim’s value system is unparalleled. I am truly humbled to be able to call him a friend and colleague.”
What a way to change my week in 30 seconds! These words from a close friend reminded me that I can do whatever I want. I am going to print it and put on my office wall for a constant reminder.
- What is the best thing that a family member, colleague or friend has ever said about you? Would love if you shared your thoughts here.
Never underestimate the power that your words you can give others to help get them back on track, or keep them on track.
To all my American followers / friends – Have an incredible Thanksgiving. Enjoy the time to reflect, recharge and be with those you love.
Just a quick note to say thanks for following my on this blogging journey that is quickly approaching 2 years (wow times flies by)!
I have kept you updated on important milestone that I reached with my blog, and I have another one to share today.
Over the weekend, I published my 300th post!
Or as I like to say, I TOOK ACTION 300 times!
I recently backed up all of my posts and took count. Over 200 of those were original content. When I started out, I thought I could only write about like 8 things
All joking aside, I am very proud of this accomplishment and am looking forward to many more years of blogging and helping others.
One quick bit of advice if you are just getting started on a blog, or are in a bit of a “writing rut”…
Don’t put pressure on yourself! Be open to creativity and be ready to take notes at a moment’s notice when ideas pop in to your head.
I have also gotten in to the habit of:
- Reblogging other blogger’s content
- Posting videos or links to cool stuff I find online
- Reposting my earlier writing every 6-8 months
Take the pressure off, and just have fun! Get in the habit of supporting others too, and not just feel obligated to come up with new material .
Thanks again for your support!
It means the world to me..
There are certain bands that capture my attention right away, and Fun was one of them.
I still can’t put my finger on it why I love them, I just do. Maybe it is the passion for their craft during live performances, or maybe it is just the great music.
I stumbled across this on YouTube last weekend and had to share.
Here is an incredible version of their hit “Carry On” stripped down acoustically.
My wife and I have had several chats with our son lately about the “olden days”. For us, that is the 70′s and 80′s.
His favourite fast food restaurant is Wendy’s. I recently said to him,
“Wanna see a great commercial from the olden days?”
Enjoy and have a FANTASTIC weekend!
If you have ever been in a funk during your career (especially now) you need to take a couple of minutes and read this.
Close your eyes and take several deep breaths. Think back to a time when everything was clicking with your current role. Reflect on why things were going so well, and what you were doing specifically (and how you were feeling) to make it all happen.
It is my experience that when people are confident, have a positive attitude and a bounce in their step, everything falls in to place over time. As I write this line, I think back to how great I feel when I am “on my game” while golfing! Dr. Bob Rotella has some incredible content on the mental side of golf. I see many parallels with the psychology of sales, and will continue to explore the similarities down the road.
I worked with a retailer in the past that put heavy emphasis on employees closing the sale with the first customer who walked through the door each morning. Why? Because that put them in a great mindset for the rest of the day. On a larger scale, if you make half of your sales quota in the first week of the month the pressure is off, and you can get to work and sell more comfortably for the next three weeks.
To be clear, relaxed does not mean taking it easy. More that you don’t feel the pressure of every sales call or every retail customer having to result in a sale immediately.
Many little things can throw us off and put us in to a funk for long periods of time. Remember when you did poorly on an exam or test in school? Did that make you a bad student? Of course not. I drew a total blank during one exam and failed the course.
That one blemish did not make me a bad student, but it certainly toughened me up, and I made darn sure that it did not happen again! The key is to shrug off those setbacks as soon as possible, and get back to your reality of success.
I wanted you to reflect on being in an awesome place with your role because you deserve to “return there” as soon as possible. I have wrestled with “self-doubt” demons several times during my career and felt that my current existence was just the way that things were going to be forever. Thankfully I would always snap out of it.
I am very respectful that the economy and other things out of our control can certainly affect our mindset and general demeanor for extended periods of time. But when every setback moves you further and further from your goals, job satisfaction and ultimately overall happiness, the negative spiral can be catastrophic!
If you need to hit “reset” with your current role …..
Splash some cold water on your face, take a good look in the mirror, and become that “you” that you really want to be again. You deserve it!
- Are you at the top of your game with your current role?
- Like a golf swing, are you “feeling it” now?
- If not, what changes can you make as soon as possible to get back to the best “version” of yourself?