Don’t let the weekend blahs create your Monday blues

 

Monday is the one day that everyone seems to dread.

I say Let’s Make the Most of it!

Monday is the day you start your week, the day calls are made, appointments are set and the ground that the best week ever will be planted in! Or better yet, set appointments to start your week off right.

Don’t let the weekend blahs create your Monday blues.  Make Monday’s something you look forward to doing and not something you won’t be all that excited about. Set appointments on Monday to get you motivated for the week. Meeting new clients at lunch or over coffee is a great way to get in the swing for the week.

When you have something to look forward to, your day goes by much quicker than if you didn’t have anything to look forward to, that differs from the normal.  So why not start the week out with a positive.

Attitude really does make all the difference! Instead of thinking about how much you are dreading waking up early for work, try thinking about a positive quality of your job that you really enjoy, why not wake up with the excitement of a meeting with a potential new client and the blessings God has given you.

What a concept! Excited about Monday!

Have a blessed day and remember “All things are possible with God”

 

 

 

Impacting our everyday lives

As I was sitting here debating on what to post today, I ran across this email from a good friend and spiritual mentor.  This message today was written to share with others, especially since we are all facing the same challenges of dealing with today’s society.

Encourage yourself in The Lord, and encourage others as well.  With so much negative impacting our everyday lives, many of us find it harder and harder each day to be encouraged.  Even the media and marketing ploys hit us with dozens of messages a day that suggest we are inferior if we don’t buy what they’re selling.  The only way to be “cool” enough, thin enough, healthy enough, or even happy is to buy their products.

Against this hailstorm of negativity, The Bible tells us here in Hebrews – and in many other Scriptures, to encourage each other constantly!  This message must be important for it to be written so many times.  We are to rise above our circumstances…and we can – through the Joy of The Lord and His Promises.

Psychologists say it takes at least five  “Way to go!’s”  to overcome one  “You stink.”  The writer of Hebrews takes it two steps further:  encouragement makes us wise to sin  and  able to change,… so we actually “stink” less.

What area of your life do you need encouragement in?  What can you do to encourage yourself… and others?

A big Thank You to my friend and mentor on God’s Word, John Holland for putting together this message today.

Blessings

How To Have Happy Employee’s

Business managers must look for ways to be a blessing everyday. Greet those below you in a happy way and let them understand that, yes, you have a business to run but you are concerned for their welfare. Doing this will help you build a productive work force.

It is said that when the employee’s are happy and content in what they do, the productivity they produce excel’s. As Christians Business Owners, we set the standards of our environment. If we treat our employee’s with dignity and respect, the work happily. If we do not, then negativity and chaos runs rampant in the workforce.

Here are some suggestions for a happy work environment:

1. Create an atmosphere at work with meaning, purpose and value.  A valued employee is one who loves to come to work, who loves what they do, and will go to extremes to accomplish the task they are given.

2. Let your employee’s know that they are doing a good job.  Positive affirmations are always a plus to employee’s. Everyone likes hearing that they are appreciated for the work they do.  Thank you, good job, and keep up the good work are what makes an employee thrive to do all you ask of them.

3. Encourage employee’s to utilize their talents. Great idea’s come from many different avenues. You never know when one of your employee’s will have the next “big idea” unless you are asking them, including them, or listening to what the say. Always make time to listen. If it is not an idea you want to go with or a direction you want to go, you simply let them know how much you appreciate their input and let them know you will consider it.

4. Make the work environment a place of comfort and appeal. When your employee’s are happy, you are happy. Maybe you can provide some music, lightly in the background or allow them to listen to an online station. Maybe it is just making sure they have a good desk and chair. Or maybe it is small creature comforts like personal pictures on their desk. If they believe you care about them, this makes for a good work environment.

One of the things I do, I make sure I know about their families. I ask my employee’s how the family is, husband/wife, kids etc… and I make sure I ask about the employee as well. If an employee is having a hard time at home, chances are it will transfer to work. Once the door is open for negativity it becomes contagious.

If you know what frame of mind your employee’s are in, you can counter act any negative flow.  If you own a large company with many employee’s then your office manager, or assistants should be sharing in the duties of speaking to  employee’s daily.

I also want to say this, don’t be a doormat business owner that people will take advantage of because of your kindness. Be a strong leader, be Christian, and be the voice that they need. Employee’s need a strong leader, who can lead with a firm hand and the gentleness of God.

In Colossians 1:10 the Word of God tells us this:

I love people and I want them to be happy with me, but I don’t allow them to control me. I am led by the Holy Spirit.

Be a strong Christian spiritual leader and your business will prosper with the help of happy employee’s.

Blessings

 

Frustrated in Sales

Selling can be a very frustrating. You find yourself trying to compete with inferior products… or perhaps your struggling to fit into your industry. And then there is the whole “economy” thing going on, what’s with that?  Sale’s is not for everyone, it takes dedication, determination, focus and a winning personality. You need to be able to sell anything to anyone and you need the ability to close the sell once you have sold them on the product or service.

Being great at selling means you must find new opportunities, close existing deals, build customer relationships, manage channels, negotiate contracts, play nicely with the factory, get paperwork in on time and always have your car looking good in case the boss decides to visit accounts with you, or the clients decides to walk you out.

It amazes me when I think about all the “stuff” you need to master. Where in the world do you get the energy to accomplish it all and still find time to have a family or social life?

You need to balance your time. I hear you laughing!  Balance? What balance?

One thing I recommend for anyone in sales, find a way to spend quality time for yourself, your wife/husband, kids, girlfriend/boyfriend. When you are with them don’t take calls from the office or clients, let that call go to voicemail and return the call after your quality time outside of work.

For many you are saying “are you out of your mind?” or “I could get fired” or “that’s my bread and butter”.  Well very simply “no I am not out of my mind” “yes you could get fired” and “I realize that’s your bread and butter”. However if you don’t set the boundaries, your clients and boss will take advantage of you not saying no.

I have also found that none of those things matter if you don’t have a life to come home to. You can alienate everyone around you when you are a sales person, simply by doing your job all the time without setting boundaries.

Everyone has a stopping point, a time when they allot time for just family and friends with no intrusions from the outside world. Find yours! Oh and by the way “don’t wait until your head hits the pillow to make it “that time”.

One thing I have learned as a Sales person is that “life is too short and we are not promised tomorrow”. I have also learned that I don’t want to live with the regrets of not givng/living for myself, or my friends and family. Don’t be the sales person who says “what if?” Make each day count.

You can still be a great sales person, making top $$$$ and having awesome clients. You can be #1 in the company. All you have to do is set the boundaries, stick to them and know that what doesn’t get done today, can always be done tomorrow.

Be the best you can be, on your terms and happy selling!

Do Diligence

The Lord tells us

Proverbs 10:4 – He becomes poor who works with a slack and idle hand, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.

Proverbs 12:24The hand of the diligent will rule, but the slothful will be put to forced labor.

In today’s world, everyone seems to be seeking something for nothing, or they are expecting everyone else to do it for them. That is not what God has intended for us.

You should be the one setting the example for your employee’s, your family, and your friends. Why are you expecting everyone else to do the work, just so you can reap the rewards.  Your do diligence is noticed. Your laziness is noticed. One can bring you great rewards, the other will bring you poverty.

It is time to step up and be the person God intended you to be. A leader!!

You punish your children for disobedience, yet your behavior is where they learned it from.

You reprimand your employee’s, yet they have learned the behavior from you.

Take a look at yourself in the mirror and see what others see. What kind of changes need to be made in your life to reflect the actions you want from others.

Do Diligence! The art of practicing what you preach!

Best practice dictates…

Do you challenge your Prospects and Clients?  Best practice dictates the preparation of carefully thought through questions that help us diagnose the needs of our customers in order for us to create tailor made solutions.  However, how often do you challenge your customers in their thinking?  Do you help them to re-think their processes and procedures, do you question their views and understanding of their own best practices?

If you are not giving your customers a chance to see new potential by invoking their thought process then you need to change tactics. Better results come from you and your customer working together. They will find more value in the  whole process by being a part of it.  And they will find more value in the services you offer. Too many times the customer is not included and if things don’t go as they expect, they only one to blame is you.

Build a good relationship with your customers. Know them, know what they need and know what they want. There is no such thing as loyalty any more, it’s all about what you can do for them. Step up your game and you will be able to maintain your data base and increase it through referrals from customers.

Have a great day.

 

Success or Mediocrity

When you really get it that the only thing between success and mediocrity is the way you think, then you can’t fail. All it takes is a change in perspective, in the way you look at life.

So what is stopping you from making changes in your business, the kind of changes that will help you grow and be successful?

Stop and look at what you are currently doing. When you look from outside the box, do you see things you can improve on? Is there changes that can be made, no matter how small that could bring in potential new clients?

The issue most people have when trying to be successful is the inability to change what needs changed and leave alone what is working.

IF it is working – enjoy the benefits it brings and quit trying to make it better.

 

IF it is not working – look for ways that you can make it work, or try something different.

No one thing works for everyone. You have to find what works for you!  

If all else fails….ask God!

Have a great Monday!