Last week I was calling back the clients that had worked
with me so far this year, I am sure you all do that. What? You don’t. Maybe you
should carve out some time to do so as there is no easier sale that you can
make than a sale to an existing customer as they know and trust you already.
I was concerned about one particular client as his fear of
rejection had kept on the sidelines. It was starting to become a major issue
with his manager. Yes, he was about to be terminated and the manager had
decided to hire me for him and the rest of his team as a last resort.
We had, what is referred to in Vancouver, British Columbia, a major snowstorm. In the rest of the Country, it would be considered a mild dusting. Driving in this ‘snowstorm’ is not only comical but also dangerous, because of the reaction of other drivers.
You may be asking yourself: “What does this have to do with anything in business?” The answer is, because of the reactions of some of these drivers. That reaction is ‘fear.’
“To grow, you must be willing to let your present and future be totally unlike your past. Your history is not your destiny.” So said author Alan Cohen. This passage is about the flexibility of not only mindset but also willingness to embrace ‘change.’ After all, change is the price of learning. However, change is also resisted quite vigorously by not only leaders but also by their followers.
Arithmophobia is defined as a fear of numbers. Like a lot of other phobias, it can stem from a traumatic past life experience. Such as, not being good at math in school, or failing that very important exam that was the difference between moving on, or staying back. There could have been a punishment or ridicule because of the results that you got when it came to dealing with numbers.
I have stated many times, that there is a large difference between a salesperson and a sales professional. Some of these may require you to not only change the way things are being done but may also require a change in mindset.
I have observed that there has been a lot of wishing, praying and hoping going on today and a lot less of planning, doing and being. In other words, a vast number want to accomplish, or, do something, but take absolutely no ‘action’ to make it a reality.
There has been a lot written in the past about this without giving some clear direction as to what one can do in order to make taking ‘action’ easier.