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Want sales success but working too hard?

Whether your job is selling, or managing those that do sell, or a combination of the two, there’s a fair chance you’re working long hours. Maybe too long?Are you spending long hours on motorways way after 7pm driving to and from meetings? Are you burning the midnight oil draped over a laptop with a strong coffee trying to get everything done? Maybe both?

How can you be brilliant at selling and managing in this state?
When it comes to being fabulous at selling, take note of Stephen Covey’s “Habit 7” (from his book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”). Here he invites his readers to “Sharpen the Saw” — he sees this as “The habit that makes all the other habits possible”. Basically his Habit 7 revolves around the suggestion that, to be truly successful you should preserve the greatest asset you have… YOU!

Clearly, not enough of us are taking notice of Mr Covey. According to a survey of 1000 business owners 14% had no plans to take any holiday this year, and 59% said they were afraid of burning out. And 20% said they found it impossible to switch off from work. Even when they are away from the office, many business owners, bosses and sales people constantly check their emails on their smart phones even if they have ten people back at the office looking after things.

That’s not helpful and it’s not healthy
You might be thinking “I agree, Leigh, but I am where I am and it’s just the way it is”. My reply would be… OK, let’s assume you go on as you are and do nothing to change things.

Close your eyes and imagine it’s the 4th February 2017 i.e. two years on from today. You’ve made no changes to your life. Imagine, how’s your job? How’s your life? How happy are you? How many hours a week are you working?

Time to change?
If you really want to Sharpen the Saw and achieve more sales success and business success, consider my thoughts on this …

Be realistic about what you can take on. When you’re planning your month, week, day, it’s no good scheduling 14 hours work in hoping that you’ll have one of those ‘miracle days’ when everything takes half as long as usual. It rarely does. Plan a challenging day by all means but keep it realistic.

Think “Delegate or Ditch”. Ask yourself ‘Does this task REALLY need doing? If yes, ask ‘who else could do it?’ Trust others. A task that is a real chore to you might be a nice opportunity for someone else to show what they can do.

– It’s a 5000 meters race, not a 100m sprint. Pace yourself.

– Have a sense of perspective. Think family, partner, friends. They’d benefit from your company too.

– Don’t fight those battles that you know you can’t win

– Work out what’s causing you the most pressure — and work out where you can get help to ease that pressure.

– Drop the guilt. You are a key part of the company, so make sure you invest in yourself and your health.

– If and when you do manage a break, don’t try to do too much in it!

– Book your 2014 holidays now, don’t wait to see if you ‘get around to it’. You won’t. At least book time off in advance and organise your work schedule around these breaks, not the other way round.

– Think — If your business/role still needs your personal input every waking hour after several years in it then ask yourself if this really the right business to be in

For great sales keep yourself — and your team, in great condition.

Until next time

PS: Hope you’re not guilty of this mistake…

For previous ‘Tricks of the Trade’ go here

About the author

Hi I’m Leigh Ashton of The Sales Consultancy

Whether you’re a small business or a leading brand, an area manager or a Chief Executive, whether you’re new to sales or an experienced sales professional. Even if you’re not in sales at all but want to understand it, you’ve come to the right place.

The World of Sales is changing.

Today’s conventional sales training doesn’t address the psychological barriers that get in their way.

My approach takes your sales team through a process that:

* Helps them identify their psychological barriers and gives them the tools to overcome them
* Teaches them how the mind works so they can keep motivated and stay focused
* Gives them the ability to identify the psychological patterns of their clients and prospects so they connect with them at a deeper level and close more sales

And at a higher level…

* It creates more success in other areas of their lives so they are happier generally…and happier sales people generate more sales

Wherever you are on your personal sales journey what’s the best course of action for YOU.

– Sales Training – that actually gets results
– Leadership and Management
– Personal Coaching and Mentoring
– Sales Mentoring Programme
– NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and how it can help you accelerate your success
– Keynote Speaking