Nothing can kill a team more than an employee or employees with a bad attitude. It doesn’t matter how great the team is rolling along with success after success if you have someone who brings down the entire team it will not be long and the winning attitude is going to be brought back crashing down to the low levels felt by the negative-thinking employee. I like to call this the Roller Coaster Effect being that you have your team running on all cylinders, life is great, employees are closing deals, every thing is going your way and then that employee kills the mood, dampers the fire, and the only thing left is the smouldering fire of yesterday’s desire.
If you have worked at any job then you know what I am writing about. We have all encountered that individual or individuals who bring down an organization. I look at the struggles in the world around us and I see more pessimistic people then I do optimistic but truth be told if you want your organization to thrive then you must cut out the negative-thinking employee as they will stomp out the life of your great employees and leave you with lack-luster results.
I compare a person with a bad attitude to a person with cancer. Cancer is one of the deadliest diseases that mankind faces today yet we have doctors who specialize in cancer treatment. These doctors go in and remove the cancer from the body in hopes of prolonging the person’s life. This same philosophy should not be any different when it comes to someone who has a bad attitude as their attitude affects the overall life of your staff. When someone is bringing you and your team down the first thing to do is to get the heart of the issue. Find out what is causing this because it may not require treatment such as job loss.
Once you get to digging around and if you find out the diseased negative thinking is beyond repair for the employee and your organization then it is time to do the dreaded surgery. That’s right, it is time to get rid of the cancerous attitude that is holding back your staff. In doing so you will see a lift in the overall morale of your staff, you will see a pendulum shift in their attitude and the chances of your company success rate will increase. My question for you is if everyone is giving 100% and you have a person only giving 70% then why should you keep them? The answer is you shouldn’t and your staff will thank you. Maybe not out loud but inside the staff knows who the work horses are and who the slackers are. I guarantee.
It is Sunday morning, August 24, 2014, and as I sit in front of my computer I think about the sales accomplishments I have been able to achieve in my past. As I think about these accolades I am quickly reminded of the literature I have read along the way that has helped me in my personal growth in the world of sales. With that said I look around at my peers and I see their struggle for existence in this day-and-age of the “smart shopper” and I try to draw correlations as to why they struggle when I thrive.
Without one single doubt the struggles of many sales people is in they do not take the time to nurture their inner being, do not take time to improve the qualities they possess that have areas of opportunities. Instead these people do the same day-in, day-out grind, doing the exact same thing every day while expecting different results. Sadly they have failed to realize they are not going to change and any success they do have is by pure luck of being in the right place at the right time.
This message is for anyone who is in sales and struggling. If you have struggled in the past then it is time to do something different. I am not talking about a career change, no, I am talking about changing up your routine. Practice your approach and delivery, record your pitch, read a book, Google on the Internet, but whatever you do make sure you’re taking action to better yourself.
To me it seems what makes people go from mediocre to great all rest in their attitude. If they have a crummy attitude then this is the results they will get but take someone who has a conquer attitude and you will see them achieve success. The art of winning in sales does not have to do solely with the customer or the clientele but has everything to do with the person doing the selling. If you’re struggling it is time to branch your wings and try something new. Change your attitude, change your educational standpoint (read some books) and gradually you will start to see a change.
Yet too often too many people fail to do the above sentence simply because it requires a little extra work and effort. I’d rather put in a little extra effort and be head & shoulders above my competition than to take the mentality of just getting by and then live in a world where I am just getting by. Your future, your destination, it is all in your hands. What’s your decision with where you’re going to go? Are you staying still or will you be going places?
President Barack Obama has recently come under fire from White House reporters concerning his decision to go golfing just minutes after delivering a speech in regards to the news of ISIS beheading American journalist James Foley. I have to question why Obama has not been under fire from the media way before this as he has turned our country upside down. Increasing debts, increasing numbers of government assisted citizens, increased job losses, Obama suffers from Murphy’s Law which states, “What can go wrong, will go wrong.”
We are in Obama’s final term of President and the great United States is far from great under his watch. There were reports that surfaced on Friday of how thousands of people turned out in Miami just to receive a free box of food. These people waited upwards of four hours to receive a ration of food. Turn your attention to the Ferguson, MO fiasco and we do not see the Great US of A but what appears to be a 3rd world country. We have an immigration issue of illegal immigrants flooding our borders on a 24 hour a day basis. Take into account the ISIS situation and we see a Presidency that is lacking true leadership.
What happened to “Yes We Can!”? What happened to the campaign promises that catapulted Obama to being elected not once, but twice as the Commander-in-Chief? How could the American public be duped by this guy twice? I am reminded of an old saying, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” Wake up America, shame on you America…it is now time to fight for our freedom. It is time to take back our Christian views of society, it is time to take back the mentality of entitlement. It is time to take back the work ethic that made America great so long ago.
When questioned about Obama turning to the game of golf, Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz, suggested that people re-watch his speech as he called it “candid”, “from the heart”, “honest”, and “open.” Let me remind you, the reader, that this is the very person who has been the catalyst in destroying and disrupting the great society of the United States of America. To say that playing golf enables Obama to clear his mind is hog wash in that taking a few swings and yelling, “Four” only enables Obama to sweep the issues under the rug.
When his name was cast on that ballot, when he was sworn in to office twice, he took an oath to defend this Country from terrors both foreign and domestic. It is time that he lives up to that oath and makes good on his promise as Commander-in-chief. No if’s, no and’s, no but’s about it. Obama needs to stop being reactive and do what liberals cannot do and that is pull this country up by the boot straps and bring us out of the depths of Hell.
The technology age has revolutionized the way we live our lives. We have friends on Facebook, tweets posted to Twitter, photos posted to Instagram, and the list goes on and on. Technology can be a great thing and can also be a horrendous thing as more than 1,000 U.S. retailers could potentially be infected with malicious software lurking in the Point-of-Sale systems. That’s right, the malicious code is just sitting there waiting for hackers to swipe customer financial data in the blink of an eye.
The Department of Homeland Security discovered the breach in October and the government is now urging businesses of all sizes to scan the POS systems for software known as “Backoff”. I think to the security breach of Target recently and I wonder what retailers this will affect and what the effect will be on consumers and businesses.
Cybertheft is the leading criminal activity throughout the world and is growing by the day. Too little people take the precautions necessary in truly protecting the most important thing to them…THEIR identity. Too many people throw caution to the wind and live life on the wild side and eventually the House of Cards is going to fall and when it does we will see many people being left scratching their heads wondering why they didn’t see it coming.
If you haven’t taken actions to protect your identity it is not too late to start now. Five years ago hackers wanted to put a virus on your system, render it useless while pointing and laughing at you. Flash forward and now hackers want to riddle your system with malicious code so they can take control of your life and potentially financially ruin you. What steps are you taking in protecting yourself?
The entire Ferguson debacle is just a huge mess and will take a while to straighten out. No matter what side you are on, whether it be for Michael Brown or for Officer Darren Wilson, the fact is there will be violence that breaks out from what happened on August 9th, 2014. Sadly, Missouri Democratic State Senator, Maria Chappelle-Nadal, has busted on to the scene which is going to create more unrest not only in Ferguson, not only in Missouri, but throughout the United States with criticism she openly posted on Twitter.
On Friday, Chappelle-Nadal suggested the unrest in Ferguson rests solely upon whether or not an indictment and a conviction in the case occurs against the officer involved in the shooting. The only thing this will do is fuel the fire for more destruction from looters, hoodlums, and those individuals merely looking for trouble.
The State Senator took to Twitter to give a message to Democratic Governor Jay Nixon in which Chappelle-Nadal tweeted,
“You don’t know s— bc you never communicate. F— you, Governor!”
Now if I am one of her constituents I would greatly be disappointed in her lack of leadership shown and would petition to have her removed from office. She is not worth the ballot her name was written on and needs to understand what role her comments can play in the destruction of a city such as Ferguson, MO and ultimately to the rest of the United States.
You are what you think you are. These words could not be more true when it comes to the way that we think and feel. How many times do you hear someone say, “What else can go wrong?” and guess what happens? Inevitably something else goes wrong. Yet when we start to change the way we think, start to look at the glass as half-full rather than half-empty we will start to see a different horizon.
If negative thinking breeds negative actions then the same must be truth for positive thinking. If you think positive then positive actions will occur. Think back to a day that was going your way, what was it that made the difference. Was it by luck? Was it the people and events you encountered? The answer is surely no as surely the good day was all in your mindset.
The other morning I woke up late, got out of bed and stubbed my toe. After a few choice words, none of which should be repeated here, my morning continued to spiral out of control. Why? All because of one bad event led my thinking to create more negative actions. Now flash forward to this morning and I was bound and determined to have a good day. I woke up to the sound of birds chirping and my girls jumping on my chest, but nonetheless there were birds chirping. I was fixated on having a great day and guess what I’ve had thus far. Well I have had a great day!
Despite what kind of day you are having though everything can turn in an instance. Now this could be for the betterment or this could be for the worsening but ultimately we control our thoughts. You cannot control my thoughts, you cannot control how I feel right this instance, not anyone can but me. We have all heard of the rose colored glasses but sometimes this is what we need. There are going to be days in which someone else is out to ruin it for you but just know that no matter how much they try, you are still in control of your thoughts and your feelings. You can either dwell in the negativity or you can escape its grasps into the paradise of positivity. You decide on a daily basis how YOUR day is going to go.
“So I commend the enjoyment of life, because nothing is better for a man under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany him in his work all the days of the life God has given him under the sun.”
The above words are found in Ecclesiastes 8:15 and I believe is a testament to the Law of Attraction. Behind the Secret is all kinds of talk about the Universe and the thoughts that we are sending out. In the Bible, as the example above illustrates, God wants us to find the enjoyment of life as nothing is better for a person to eat, drink and be glad. No where in this scripture does it talk about being negative, finding discomfort in the world around us, yet so many of us fall prey to the negativity of the world.
I believe whole-heartedly that the days of our lives is a direct reflection in how we think. I have found some of the most happiest times of my life has been when I have been more in-tune with my spiritual walk with Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. With the birthing of this site I am now on a mission to change the rest of my life I know the whereabouts of what I want to achieve out of life and there is a closeness with God that I want to obtain.
In finding this closeness I know there are necessary steps that I need to take and I know that the journey all starts and ends with my attitude. From the movie The Secret a point was made that “Energy flows where attention goes” and again I marvel at how astute this observation is. I think to my own children and their aspirations of what they want to be when they grow up and I think back to my childhood and what happened to the dreams that I wanted when I was younger. I think it all boils down that as children we are taught to dream big but at some point in time we reach an age-threshold in which it seems that our dreams need to be broken and reality needs to set in.
How many times is it that our dreams of our childhood is forgotten not because of our ability or our desire but because someone else influences our attitude. There was a kid that I graduated High School with and for the longest time (since 2nd Grade) I could remember him wanting to be a Paleontologist. Everything that he concentrated upon brought him back to the dream job of being a Paleontologist. The books that he read, the movies that he watched, all points led back to an excitement in his dream. Now flash forward twenty years and guess what this old classmate is doing? That’s right, he’s a Paleontologist and I believe it’s all because he never lost focus upon his dream. He turned his dream into reality and I commend his parents. They could have easily laughed at his inklings as a small child but instead they helped encourage him.
This is the kind of parent that I want to be. I want to prove to my kids they can be anything they want to be and that time period for them is now. It’s time to train them in the way of the Secret as well as the words of our Lord and Savior. The Bible writes that if you raise a child in the ways of the Lord when they get older they will not turn from it. Now my thought process is on being the best parent I can be and help my children become well-producing members of society. It’s time for the Law of Attraction to take its course.