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Will you become The Sword? August 15, 2012

Posted by viper42 in Motivation.
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Has anyone ever faced a challenge in their life? Of course. Physical, emotional, financial and personal challenges abound. Adversity is a part of our lives. I to have been dealing with personal problems of my own that are tough to handle in my own mind.

Without challenge, we never improve and we never learn. Without adversity we will not improve upon ourselves or the world we live in. Thats not to say it will really ever be pleasant. The thing I have noticed about adversity is that often how we see it in our minds determines our ability to cope or overcome the problem. It was not until I thought about the analogy of a sword that this unfortunate fact of life looked a little different.

If you have never seen a movie or read about how a sword is made, I will explain in brief. Essentially a blacksmith will take raw metal from the earth, go through a series of steps including heating the steel, hammering it, cooling it, shaping it. This process is exhausting, its uncomfortable, it takes time. But when its done, you have pure shiny steel. Its cut razor sharp. It has durability, it can last through the elements and sometimes becomes a work of art to those who see it.

If we were to look at the steel as us, and life as the blacksmith, some challenges might be handled mentally and physically a little better. With every fault we have life is putting us through fire. We are repeatedly hit. The difference between us and steel…emotion and pain. These are unique to us. That we can never change. But if we can look at our final result as a fine Steel Sword, it could sharpen our resolve to overcome. It can help us to release the strength within us to endure and overcome. Most importantly, the glimmer of coming through those challenges will serve as a light and inspiration to others.

If you are being challenged now…Strengthen yourself. Draw upon the strength of others for help. Commit to your fight. I shall look forward to seeing a true work of art in the end!

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Selling is Evil?? July 15, 2012

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Everyone has an image of a sales person right? The pushy guy at the dealership convincing you can afford the $50,000 car. How about that telemarkerter that somehow got your number and is
offering the vacation of a lifetime. Sure we all have these notions of sales people being annoying to deal with. But…is selling really evil?

Well courtesy of an article I read in Success Magazine, the answer is no. Much of this has to do with perception as you can see from the above examples. To describe how to best approach sales the article defined it great with a quote from Dan Sullivan of Modern Marketing:

“Selling is getting someone intellectually engaged in a future result that is good for them and getting them to emotionally commit to take action to achieve that result.”

So what does that mean
My take on that is the following: To get someone intellectually engaged about what you offer, you must learn about what the person wants….NOT what you want. This is where the perception issue comes in. If you are not listening or seeing what your prospective client is telling you, you are not engaging them. The examples above show that. The dealer just wants to move the best car on the lot. The telemarketer is already starting a pitch and they have not even bothered to ask if you are interested. I guess you have to like hang ups there.

Selling, with its poor perception, is vital to our economy. Think not. Ok. How does your hospital know that one antibiotic should be used more or completely over another to treat an infection. Part is just the science. The other…sales reps. Yes they compile data from the competition and show them why. Does not always work but it happens. The article mentioned Martin Luther King Jr. He sold his vision of the future before it existed with regards to racial discrimination. He sold it well and engaged the whole country till it became real. Sadly, there will always be the pushy rep who is just plain sleezy that will keep the Evil perception going.

Sales is not a bad thing when its done considering the needs or wants of the person. But the key is leaning about the person first. You must offer value to a customer or it wont matter what you have. More and more, especially now, people are less trusting of large companies and corporations. The customers want to know who they are dealing with. So if you are in sales….Engage the customer or client. Learn what they want first before the pitch. You are not evil so long as you show concern for the customers wants, not yours.

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Law of Attraction July 10, 2012

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If you have not yet heard of the Law of Attraction you most certainly have used it…although not quite in the way you might think.  I personally subscribe to posts from The Secret.  If you have not heard of or read the book, it’s certainly worthwhile to pick up.  I have decided to share a post a received from the The Secret that I believe is really just the beginning to understanding the Law of Attraction.  Its something I am trying to do myself.

 

The post was simple…before going to sleep, think of every good and positive thing that happened in your day, even down to the smallest of things.  Then express your gratitude for it.  Once you have done that, think of the upcoming day and as they put it, “Intend it” to be an amazing day.  Actually will it!!! Then when you wake in the morning, before you get  up, declare your intentions for the day and what you want out of it.  Here is the kicker.  Give thanks for what you intend as if you have received it already!  Why?  Simple.  Have you noticed that more often than not when you think you are going to have a bad day you do?  Our mind creates the reality and it comes true.   That is the Attraction most of us are used to.  I know I am.  The opposite is also true, but does take more effort, as with anything constructive.

The key to changing our reality is to first start thinking it, dreaming it but most importantly, believing it.   I am trying to practice this myself.  But I believe that with practice things happen.  I hope that this was helpful to you.  I recommend reading or watching The Secret and seeing if the teachings within can help you attract more of the good in your life.

Cover of "The Secret"

Cover of The Secret