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Wednesday
Feb252015

If plan A didn't work, there are 25 other letters in the alphabet

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Today's daily dose: If plan A didn't work, there are 25 other letters in the alphabet
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"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
it's about learning how to dance in the rain!" BJ Gallagher

We progress through making mistakes, lots of them.
We try something, it didn't work
We try something else, that didn't work either, but I think we're getting a bit closer
We give it another go,
And another
And another

Think about every time you get in the car. Do you plug in the direction and hit go, miraculously make no changes to anything and voila you reach your destination. Those cars may be coming, but until then, most of us will have to change gears, change speeds, make lane corrections, avoid the idiots, all the time making small but significant changes to the steering column.

Knowing we are going to have to do all that does make me wonder why we would put ourselves through so much trial and error, so much pain in failing to get in the right gear AND stay there. I mean how hard can it be for goodness sake!

Small changes are much easier than attempting the big changes. If you think about it, we struggle with the big changes so we procrastinate. Consider those new years resolutions that are probably just a dim and distant memory:
  • Lose weight
  • Quit smoking
  • Save a million
  • Earn several million so we can save at least one.
  • Learn a language
Or whatever was on our lists this year. Everyone of them is massive and gulp, we wonder and we worry about how we are going to achieve them, so we don't start.

But chop those big things into a gazillion tiny pieces and you can get there. Seriously. You can move a mountain a teaspoon at a time. Personally I'd hire a bulldozer or better still a dozen, but you get the point.

We can change our not so healthy diet, one item at a time. I weaned myself off sugared tea and coffee by adding in a little bit less every time I had a hot drink. By reducing the amount by just a little bit each time, my taste buds didn't catch on and within a couple of weeks I was drinking my tea without it. I now drink my tea black having completed the same process with milk, and am slowly learning to like black coffee.

In sales and business do you stop after the first call because someone said no to you? I would hope not because there are so many more prospects out there to talk to. Can you work on your presentation? Probably. More importantly, can you work on your listening skills and find out what pain your potential new client has. I would hope so. Can you help them or do you know someone who could? Of course. But you have to listen first and adjust your chatter. It's a learning process, but you can learn it, just as you can learn how to do anything. If you want to.

Whatever you are trying to do, whatever it is you are trying to achieve, it may take some time to get there, but if you constantly reevaluate your performance, make some changes, fail, make some more changes, get some help if you need to, you will get there.
Give yourself the freedom to fail :-)


 

 

 

 

 

 

Elle

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