Waking up every morning feeling like someone ran over me with a truck, I would mumble to myself, “Why am I not retired and sleeping in!”. Here I was in my late 50’s working 12 to 14 hour days and quite honestly a little burnt out on what I was doing. I pop in the shower and then caffeinate a little in an effort to put that negativity aside. Sound familiar? It was time to change my stripes.
We are all trying to stay motivated, motivating others, right? Training, meetings, one on ones, rewards, bonuses, spiffs and the list goes on. We even go to the negative with imposed pressure, tensions and ultimatums to motivate. How has that worked for you? Long-term? If you’re like me it didn’t. I needed to change something. Was it me or them? And then it hit me… everyone is already motivated.
I have recently found myself dealing with health issues. Suddenly, like a car that wasn’t maintained well, my “warning lamp” has started to glow and I’ve had to “pull over”. For some time now tenacity has been my instrument towards achieving personal and career goals regardless of aches and pains. It seems that’s simply not enough any longer. I need to increase sales and my health is definitely in the way now. How did I get to this point?
How do you feel about your sales career so far? Do you feel exploited, disappointed, or even depressed with your current situation. When you took your job, at first, did it feel like an opportunity to get ahead, get to that next level, but now it seems less than. On the other hand, possibly you feel you’ve never really received any breaks, any opportunities, in your career. You’re stuck with a job… a means to an end for a paycheck.