The Economy – Yours, the Country’s or God’s
By Tom Ziglar
I received an email the other day from a lady asking us Ziglar’s thoughts on the economy and when we thought it might improve. I thought you might like to see the answer.
Dad and I talk every day and I ask him about the economy from time to time. His answer is almost always the same (and I bet you know what I am going to say) in that the economy that really matters is the one between your ears! It is true that the country is going through an extremely difficult time and that times are tough and many are suffering. In an economy like this, the important thing is to remember that the right attitude, character, and work ethic are more important than ever, and the long-term rewards of these will be greater than ever, even though in the short term you may not see the financial results like you have in the past.
There is a greater opportunity right now than ever before to make a difference in people’s lives. You may be blessed to be doing financially well and you are able to reach down and give others a hand up. Or you may be struggling financially and through your encouragement and example can give people in the same situation a boost up. In either case, this is what God’s economy is all about. Personally, we believe that it is going to remain tough for a while longer, but we are hopeful just long enough to get everyone focused on the things that matter and away from the things that don’t matter. The good news for you is that if you are in the top percentage of salespeople and you continue to do what you have been doing, you will continue to be successful (the top percentage of salespeople are there because they know how to innovate and meet people’s needs, no matter what company they work for). I hope this answer helps. I wish we could tell you exactly when it is going to get better.
So here is a tip to success in this economy. Make sure your economy lines up with God’s economy. If it does, the country’s economy doesn’t matter!
Smile and Move: A reminder to happily serve (an excerpt)
By Sam Parker
I want to be needed. You want to be needed.
We all want to matter to the world.
And the way we matter is through our service to others… by giving more.
If we want to matter and to be happy, if we want more freedom, more flexibility, more responsibility or more money, we need to give more to those we’re supposed to be serving.
We need to get over ourselves.
We need to smile & move.
To smile is to…
- Be awake, attentive, and engaged with others.
- It’s being thankful for our opportunities, for our people, and for the occasional chance we have to be in the path to serve.
- It’s being approachable and accessible to our customers, our subordinates, and our leaders.
- It’s complaining less because we all have work to accomplish.
- It’s smiling, really.
To move is to…
- Start our days early and go long more than once in a blue moon.
- It’s exceeding expectations for others and dismissing mediocrity in our work.
- It’s having a sense of urgency with our efforts, predicting and pre-sweating the details for others.
- It’s being resourceful and resilient when we fall short, making it all about results – exceptional results.
The truth is… You’re at my service and I’m at yours.
To enjoy more, we need to give more.
Smile & Move reflection…
When asked to do something for someone else (customer, friend, family member, colleague) does your YES say “yes, if I have to” or “yes, it would be my pleasure”? How patient are you with the first from someone else?
“This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.”
– George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish playwright and critic Generosity is more fun. That’s the key.
– Robert Thurman (1941 – ) American scholar and Buddhist monk
Recession: Opportunity Waiting to Happen!
By Tony Jeary
The secret to surviving a recession is opportunity recognition. The first step in opportunity recognition is to know and believe that there will always be opportunity for those who pursue it. Regardless of how bad the economy may seem, people still buy and sell. People still have needs to fill and businesses have products and services that meet those needs. When the economy goes south, however, there is mass fear and concern and the perception is that the entire world may completely cease to function. This is patently untrue. Even in the Great Depression of the 1930’s the world continued to function and 75% of Americans had work and jobs. Some people actually became wealthy during the Great Depression because they were able to identify opportunity and capture it.
Opportunity always exists, even though it may be harder to recognize in tough times because it takes a different form. In good times, opportunity comes in the form of just doing more of what already works. Opportunity in good times assumes the continuation of the normal and capitalizes on things remaining normal. In bad times, opportunity comes by abandoning things that no longer work and finding new things that will work, based on new needs. Recession itself is a great opportunity for those who choose to see it that way. It’s just that the opportunities may look different and they might require us to leave our comfort zones.
The people who have trouble recognizing opportunity are most likely the same people who are unwilling to leave their comfort zones. What is a comfort zone? First and foremost it is a mental state in which people lose the momentum to pursue a vision because they have accepted where they are as the best they need to be or do. Identifying and capturing new opportunities always requires strategic change and the nature of strategic change always disrupts comfort zones.
In a recession, people may want some things that are different and someone will have to fill those needs, so read lots of books, magazines and other publications that may expose new needs your product or service might be able to satisfy. You will probably discover that people still want your product or service, but just need to see it differently.
Don’t wait on the STOCK market!
Make it happen!
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