Have you nailed down your sales and marketing goals yet? I’m a strong proponent for yearly goal setting. Some laugh at New Year’s resolutions. They think they are silly. I disagree! January is a good chance to take a moment, give pause and to reflect on what really matters to you. Life is brief and it’s important to not squander a day. Right? Let’s live this year with intent being mindful of our aspirations. 2023 sales planning is our topic for today.
As the Tao teaches, life is in constant ebb and flow. Notions we have today may not happen as we expect. That’s a given. Pandemics and major life changes can muck up the best laid plans of mice and men. But it’s better to execute on a bad plan than to wait for the perfect plan that never happens.
As the Tao teaches, life is in constant ebb and flow. Notions we have today may not happen as we expect. That’s a given. Pandemics and major life changes can muck up the best laid plans of mice and men. But it’s better to execute on a bad plan, than to wait for the perfect plan that never happens.
What did you do well? Who did you help? What little accomplishment did you achieve? What magical and noteworthy happening did you experience, no matter how small? What did you create?
What did you do poorly? Where did you miss the mark? Where were you short with someone? Impatient? Cruel? Sloppy? Not living the behaviours you aspire to be?
What should you do to become a better version of yourself? Look at your life and resolve to do better and be better with steps or pledge a plan that will have steps to make your aspirations become reality.
I only write a few sentences in long hand in a paper book to stop distractions with electronic devices. I write the date, day of week, and the number of steps I walked. Also I have a few letters to note a special happening. Under that I simply write “#1” then answer the first question, then do the same for question 2 and 3. It’s your journal, do as you wish. I’m just sharing how I approach it.
Journaling has been a game changer. What I’ve experienced is transformational success but in small incremental steps. Small changes add up over time. I’ve become more patient, less judgmental, more generous, more focused. I am more productive and most important, happier. . Denise has really noticed it.
Before writing in the diary I read something inspirational. When I started I read Marcus Aurelius Meditations, Lao Tzu’ the Tao Te Ching, a book on the Essential Zen anything by Alan Watts. Last year I read Thoreau’s Walden, Marx’s Communist Manifesto (I disliked it lol but now can speak about it with confidence), or Bob Burgs the Go-Giver.
I’m a strong proponent of Taoism’s philosophy of wu-wei (frictionless action in English). This is selling and marketing at it’s very best.. I’ve stopped trying to will the world to my favor, but learned to accept the world as it is. Bullying buyers to buy, is short sighted. Professionals play the long game. Great sales is dependent on mindfulness and knowing oneself. This includes knowing your talents and your limits and accepting ourselves for who we are.
Let’s set some goals since all things are possible in January! Hope this helps. Would love to hear how it goes.
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