Developing your skills and your understanding of sales prospecting strategies, marketing, and sales techniques is just a piece of the puzzle for salespeople. Setting goals and having a clear picture of what you want your life to be like helps you determine where to focus your time and energy as you continue to grow and develop your career.
Life is precious. From the day you took your first breath, your mind, body and spirit has become a vital part of the world around you. Therefore, it is your right, and responsibility, to make sure that you live your life with the utmost vibrancy, effectiveness, and well, liveliness. Your health, relationships, plus recognizing your strengths and weaknesses are key in ensuring you fulfill your potential in living a magnificent life. This week I want to focus on health and relationships.
Preserve Your Health
Believe it or not, making sure that you stay healthy is not all that complicated. It falls down to three basic ideas: eat a balanced diet, get regular amounts of exercise, and rest when needed- preferably eight hours a day. Take away just one of these components, and you’ll start feeling like a racehorse that is never given the chance to wind down after a sprint race on the quarter mile track.
Over the years, experience and science has taught us quite a number of different foods to enjoy, given us many different exercise programs, and provided us with aids to help us sleep if necessary. Finding the right combination for your body, and your mental health isn’t impossible; it just takes a bit of time and effort.
Maintaining your health gives you the energy and focus to bring your best to your contacts and clients each and every day.
Develop and Savor Your Relationships
Even the healthiest people in the world can miss out on a vital part of the human experience. Without solid relationships, a person does not have the social safety net to draw from when their life gets a little bit more than they can handle. Like anything else of value, these relationships must be cared for and maintained to flourish and grow.
One of the most effective ways to accomplish this is to put energy and time into the relationships that you cherish. Take a few moments to sit down with your family over a meal. Say hello to the co-worker in the break room. It’s even a good idea to keep in contact with your clients. Ask how they are doing, and genuinely listen to their answer. You will be surprised how much you will grow and learn from even the smallest interactions.
Of course, you can’t and shouldn’t develop meaningful relationships with everyone you meet. If you did, you wouldn’t have time for much else. Instead, focus on those relationships that can either help transform you into a better person, or through which you can sincerely help the person. Learn how to recognize those people who are toxic to you – ones that are constantly bringing you down instead of pushing you up and toward greater things. You’ll recognize them quite easily. By focusing on the positive relationships in your life, you’ll find that you have little time for the negative ones.
Strengthening these positive relationships brings out the best in you. How you relate to these important people in your life gives you a strong relational foundation on which to build your business relationships. Learning to really listen and spend quality time with those closest to you hones the tools you need to listen when prospecting, create connections with new clients, and have confidence when asking for referrals.
Do you know how to keep yourself healthy and maintain the relationships that you cherish?