Archive for the ‘Attitude’ Category

Live by the Prospecting CODE

Whenever you’ve gotten to a place in your career where you may not have as much mental structure, where the rejections and every day uphill battles can get to you, you have to look at how you can improve. What you can add, remove, or change about your everyday life will make a positive difference for you professionally and personally. If you […]

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The Emotions of a Salesperson

“When you feel so mad that you want to roar, take a deep breath and count to four.” Those are the words of a children’s song, sung by Daniel Tiger. He’s the main character in a show produced by the Fred Rogers Corporation. Mr. Rogers believed that if we teach children what to do with their feelings—in other words, how […]

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15 Minutes to Greatness Part 2: The Psychology

I recently heard a great talk by John Bumpus, the CAO of LifePoint. He walked us through his philosophy of building a great organization. #1 was mission. #2 was vision. #3 was individual goals. #4 was INCREMENTAL IMPROVEMENT! Incremental Improvement is a cornerstone philosophy of all great organizations. These organizations strive daily to build this muscle with their teams. They […]

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The Art of Finishing Strong: Part 1

I recently had the opportunity to address some hard-working college students who were entering their final two weeks of summer sales with Southwestern Advantage. Southwestern has long been a breeding ground for sales and leadership skills for motivated young people. The students participating in running their own business this summer are in the company’s 150th consecutive year of the program. […]

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8 Habits to Increase Joy in Your Life

The consistency of joy is an ultimate measure of personal success. Spreading joy and serving mankind is the highest expression of success, but it’s almost impossible to make others joyful if you’re not yourself. Literally any goal somehow comes back to the ability to feel joy and live a fulfilling life. With that in mind, here are eight modifications that […]

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How to Have a Millionaire Mindset

Imagine if we all thought like millionaires. Our success and drive would be unparalleled! We would be unstoppable! Never afraid to step outside our “comfort zones.” One thing successful people do consistently is keep their self-talk positive. Sixty to eighty percent of what we say to ourselves is negative or “voiced” in survival mode. Negative things such as: “This is too […]

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What Makes for a Successful Life? Volume 1

I was thoughtfully asked what makes for a successful life by a friend while kayaking. I wasn’t really prepared for the question and my answer was, well, lame. For the rest of the day, I paddled with some regret because I felt I should’ve had something better to say – even if off the cuff. With my book, 12 Jars: […]

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Fear Is Learned

What is your relationship with fear? Do you face fears or let fears decide for you? How does fear impact you in your daily life? Do you creatively avoid things that you may be fearing only to put it off for later, then later have it never happen? Maybe it’s fear of rejection. Or is it fear of the unknown? […]

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Presence is Powerful

Have you ever noticed when someone is completely present how attractive, engaging, and enjoyable it makes the interaction? When one has the ability to be present in every moment, it does good things. Concentration is sharpened, and rapport is built much faster. Connections with others is stronger. Being present and engaged with yourself and others reduces stress. It is assumed […]

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God doesn’t call the capable. He calls the available.

God made us all capable, but are we really available?   We were made to be ambassadors though service to His Kingdom and communication of His message. As such, we are all capable. I wonder though… where are the many who are called but do not answer?   To be capable is the ability to achieve. It’s the competency and proficiency […]

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The Ninth Income Producing Activity of Sales Leaders (Part 9 of 12)

Are you running specific contests for your team with incentives attached to them on a regular basis? As a sales manager, we always get what we promote. When you’re creating a contest, you want to think about what sort of activity or behavior do you want to promote? At Southwestern Consulting we teach our clients to structure contests around things […]

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Conquering Self-Doubt

Want to learn how to conquer self-doubt? You have to get to know entrepreneur Lewis Howes if you don’t yet. He’s a New York Times best-selling author of a couple of books, The School of Greatness and The Mask of Masculinity, as well as the host of The School Greatness podcast series. All of us struggle at some point in […]

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How To Deal With Doubt

When I visit beautiful places, it inspires me to see God’s beauty. There’s also an element of doubt that shows up. Does that make sense to you? We spend a lot of our lives seeing amazing things – nature, houses, cars, businesses and accomplishments. Part of that is so inspiring, but it can also make you doubt yourself. You might […]

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The Secret to a Great Attitude

What’s the power of having a good attitude? First, here’s a blast from my past. When I was in college, I worked at Southwestern Advantage. For five summers I sold – and recruited students to come with me to sell – educational children’s books door to door. Here’s the thing: It was always hard for me, even my fifth summer, […]

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How to Get Yourself to the Gym Even When You Don’t Want To Go

Most high achievers realize that there’s a connection between their professional performance and physical performance.  We know that when we feel healthier and more fit because we exercise, we tend to perform better.  We feel more balanced spiritually.  That means we have better relationships at work, and with our family and friends.  There’s just this interesting connectivity between our physicality and how […]

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Something to Remember on Hard Days

Do you ever have hard days? Most likely you do since you’re human. Today I’m near the ocean and there’s just something soul-calming about that. That’s why I’d like to talk about how you respond to problems and challenges. I’m pulling from the perspective principle of faith that I outline in my book, Take the Stairs. That means if you […]

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How to Build on Your Victories

Maybe you have heard the age-old saying, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” I see this time and time again in the workplace especially when it comes to goal setting. Goal setting can either make you feel: 1. Fired up- eagerly anticipating tackling the goal and exceeding expectations 2. Discouraged- why haven’t I achieved this yet? I am so far […]

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