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9 Ways My New Optimism Is Helping Me Win More Sales

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Over the last 12 months, I have worked very hard to become even more optimistic than I was before. While it has been a slow ride, I have started to see in recent weeks, a massive compounding effect that is helping me build a sales funnel and win opportunities left right and centre.

That is the reason why personal development is so important, and if you follow my lead and become more optimistic, you too can see an increase in sales within your business. Remember that whatever you do, you’re a sales person no matter what and so if there is one thing you can do to increase your effectiveness ten-fold, it’s to learn the art of optimism and the advantages that come with it.

Below are the nine ways that my new optimism has helped me win sales and how you can mirror my actions to achieve similar results.

 

1. Giving me more confidence

When I started being more optimistic, I found that I was meeting prospects with a lot more confidence. The state of mind that I was in felt refreshing and allowed me to have better posture and a stronger tone in voice. I walked into meetings saying to myself “Tim, you’re going to win this prospect over and even if you don’t, you have another person to add to your network who could introduce someone to you down the track.” When I went into a meeting knowing that I couldn’t lose and no matter the result, there was a benefit, I found that my sales and conversion rate began to increase.

 

2. Crushing objections

Objections are a common occurrence in sales, and my newfound optimism helped me to overcome them. When you’re presented with an objection, it’s best to draw on your optimism because most objections are worse case scenario’s that will probably never happen. Try using a compelling story that demonstrates to the prospect that the objection can be overcome.

This only works though if you believe the objection can be overcome yourself. At the same time be honest with the prospect and tell then that sometimes the worse case can happen but that you’re confident that you have a solution for that as well.

 

3. Making me stand out from my competitors

After submitting a proposal, it’s almost guaranteed that a competitor is also going to pitch for the business. What I found was that my optimism helped me stand out, and there was a connection between me and my potential client. The other competitor would usually just go in and pitch the typical solutions whereas my presentation was less about product and more about whether there were synergies between us.

My optimism helped me to think differently and I started telling my prospects that if they came to me it would be more than just buying a product, it would be like joining a community and they could cross-pollinate with other like-minded businesses. This conversation then led to the question, “am I already dealing with a company that the prospect might want to sell too?”

Mentioning this to the prospect then showed them that coming with my solution might even allow them to sell to a prospect that they couldn’t normally get in front of through an introduction by me. All of this came from my newfound optimism that made me think up ideas and solutions that were out of the box.

 

4. Allowing me to inspire the prospect

The optimism that I have now found allows me to get in front of a prospect and inspire them to do something. Inspiration often starts with some form of optimism. You have to be able to see things better than they are to be able to inspire someone. At the end of the day all any prospect ever wants is to be inspired and deal with someone who can help share their future through a feeling of rapport. You need to come across as a thought leader in your field and as a person that’s writing the rules for your industry. If you’re not being optimistic and getting dragged down, your level of influence will be next to zero.

 

5. Speeding up the sales process

Since my new optimism entered my life, I have found that the average sale time has decreased for some opportunities. I credit this to the fact that my optimism demonstrates an undying will to help any way I can and ensure that the implementation of the solution will be a success. Trying something new for the first time can be quite nerve racking, especially when it can affect a businesses revenue quite drastically if things go wrong.

When a prospect is on the journey with someone who is optimistic and believes in what they are doing, a lot of the unease disappears. When someone says yes to a product or solution, they have no idea if the outcome will be what they want, but they usually make their decision from a feeling. Optimism helps generate a positive feeling in the prospect that will make them say yes in a shorter amount of time, providing it’s used in an honest way.

 

6. Having prospects call me to follow up

As a result of being optimistic, I now find the prospects are following me up rather than me necessarily needing to chase them. This happens because when the prospect phones you it’s like ringing a friend so it’s not exhausting, and the conversation flows effortlessly. The moment that this trust is established, providing you deliver on what you say you will, it’s very likely that you will be doing business with this person for a long time.

 

7. Winning the sometimes unwinnable deals

I had one case where I walked into a meeting, and the client said to me, “Thanks for coming Tim, but we are not keen to meet anymore, just send me your brochure and we might give you a call in a few weeks.” The conversation went from here to them signing with me a few weeks later. While I am not exactly sure what changed my circumstances on this deal, I know that it came from their business feeling like they had reached a wall and me showing them what an optimistic future could look like.

As soon as they got a whiff of my optimism, and every objection they hit me with had a calm and relaxed answer, the deal was in the bag. It’s these types of scenarios that show me the power of optimism. All this company wanted was to feel good about their business and make a change for the better.

 

8. Giving me the fight to follow up

Muhammad Ali - Giving us the fight to follow up in salesAny form of selling is hard. You have to put up with lots of rejection and sometimes very negative people. It’s this reason why the power of optimism helps you to soldier on and not think about what could go wrong. There are so many deals that I go into where there are a hundred roadblocks in my way, but my optimism allows me to handle each one as they come up and not stress about the outcome. If I look back quite a few years ago when I didn’t have as much optimism, I was often closing off opportunities after one or two conversations because I didn’t have the will to push through.

I would even focus on the price or what my competitors were doing rather than just focusing on providing a solution that is presented in an optimistic way. I worked out that it takes around seven legitimate follow-ups on average, for a prospect to proceed with a solution. If I am closing the opportunity off after one or two contacts, then I am probably not being optimistic enough as to the odds of me winning.

I find myself now holding onto deals in my sales funnel that have been in there for more than a year and then actually closing some of these as won. What I found is that no competitor, after that much time, would ever think that that prospect would go ahead, yet I did so when they are finally ready, I get the call – no one else.

 

9. Getting me more introductions

What’s probably the best thing about optimism is when you show a prospect the light at the end of the tunnel and they finally reach the end of that journey with you, they are ecstatic and want to introduce other business owners and their family and friends.

What this means for you is that you are going to have even more deals that you can win, and they will be warm without you necessarily having to go on the same gruelling journey. As you move through the years, and your optimism compounds further, you will see a direct impact on the number of introductions you get and your close ratio.

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Final Thought

So there you have it, it’s time to learn the power of optimism and change the way you think. Optimism won’t just help you in a sales environment; it will help you in all aspects of your life. From now on when you’re presented with a difficult situation try and approach it from the position of optimism. If you find this hard, then get someone who you know is optimistic to give you their view. Remember that every challenge exists because there is a lesson on the other side. Even if you fail, you still get the free education that comes with the journey.

If you have some of your own stories on how your optimism has helped you, then please feel free to share them in the comments section below or on my Facebook Page.

 

Tim is best known as a long-time contributor on Addicted2Success. Tim's content has been shared millions of times and he has written multiple viral posts all around personal development and entrepreneurship. You can connect with Tim through his website www.timdenning.net

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  1. carol dunlop

    Aug 3, 2015 at 12:35 am

    Attitude is totally everything. If you go in thinking you can’t of course you want, but if you go in like you said and KNOW that you can’t lose, boy does that change the outcome, in your mind AND in real life. I have recently concentrated on this very thing and am seeing great results. Thank you for sharing.

    • Tim Denning

      Dec 30, 2015 at 2:46 am

      Thanks Carol for sharing your experience!

  2. Rose Costas

    Jun 18, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Thanks Tim for this amazing post. It is so very true how being optimistic can make things happen. I think one of the main reason is because when you are positive you will look for solutions more readily. You want to win and will do what ever it takes to see things through.

    • Tim Denning

      Jun 18, 2015 at 11:42 pm

      Thank you Rose. Optimists still see problems and negativity too, the only difference is they spend 95% of the time on the outcome and the positive and maybe 5% on the negative. If you follow these tips you will become a magnet for people wanting to do business with you and be around you.

  3. Robb Mann

    Jun 18, 2015 at 11:20 am

    “Success is not the key to happiness.
    Happiness is the key to success.
    If you love what you are doing,
    you will be successful.”
    – Albert Schweitzer

    • Tim Denning

      Jun 18, 2015 at 11:40 pm

      One of my favorite quotes Robb, thank you.

  4. Robb Mann

    Jun 18, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Tim,
    Thank you for sharing these benefits to optimism, I totally agree with you. I own a small tile store and experience the same benefits of optimism. Focusing on sales encompasses so much of our lives, right? Like you said we are all in sales!

    I’m curious as to what strategies you employ to keep yourself optimistic in this… less than optimistic world we find ourselves?

    For myself, I ask questions like “What/who am I grateful for today?”, “What am I excited about today?”, “What am I looking forward to today?”, etc.. I ask these questions in the morning and it really helps me to get my mindset in the right place for the day. My optimism soars. Also, like what happened this week, a potentially very costly problem comes up, I remind myself “we will come to a great outcome”. This reminder comes from my belief that most problems hold promise of great opportunities, we just need to find them! In my situation this week, my optimism kept the project on track, encouraged everyone involved, and we did come to a great outcome, all while we had a real problem to address.

    Again, I appreciate you elaborating on the benefits to our sales efforts and I’m curious about some of your strategies.

    Thank you,
    Robb Mann

    • Tim Denning

      Jun 18, 2015 at 11:39 pm

      Happy to share anytime Robb. The strategies I do to remain optimistic are to read powerful books everyday. I try and do at least ten pages each day. I also come on to Addicted2Success where I find my daily inspiration. In terms of gratitude, I write a list of 3 things I am grateful for each day which forces me to find the good.

      When a costly problem occurs it’s actually a cost that is in the form of education. You won;t make that mistake again I promise you. When people talk about the IP of a company they are actually talking about the lessons your business has learned which is what makes it valuable.

      The other thing I do is to stay away from people that pull you down. I don;t allow them to take up my time and find anyway to keep my exposure at an all time low.

  5. Lawrence Berry

    Jun 18, 2015 at 3:51 am

    Optimism is a great tool for success and I can see why it has helped you in so many ways. I also think optimism is a great confidence booster because when you go into a meeting where you think you already have won the client over, you present in a way that will see you predictions come true. You speak with a little more enthusiasm and passion, and this projects to your potential client. They begin to believe in you. I think everyone should learn to be optimistic, but also realistic to an extent, otherwise disappointment and discouragement would follow.

    • Tim Denning

      Jun 18, 2015 at 4:37 am

      Spot on Lawrence. Optimism is one of the most powerful success tools I have come across. It’s always better to see things better than they are. You can almost always train your brain to see the best in a situation if you have the will power.

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Are You Really a Leader? 3 Questions That Will Help You Find the Answer

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Being a leader is a lot of responsibility. People look to you to make decisions, direct them, provide support, and get results. A true leader is an amazing presence: a humble yet confident person who inspires those around them.

Unfortunately, a lot of people think they’re leaders, but really aren’t. In fact, according to talent scientist Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, 80% of people believe they are better-than-average leaders, which is objectively impossible. I see people claiming to be leaders all the time, but they’re all talk and no substance.

What is Leadership?

A lot of the people I talk to seem to think that you become a leader just by having a job managing people. That’s simply not true. Leadership is a balancing act that would make a master juggler impressed.

True leadership involves making sure that there is a happy balance between employees’ needs and the company’s needs. If only the employees’ needs are prioritized, the company won’t be profitable. Likewise, if only the company’s needs are considered, employees will leave.

True leaders have the self-awareness and strategic skills to understand this delicate balance and understand their role in creating those key compromises.

“The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.” – Ken Blanchard

Can You Be a True Leader?

Although there are a number of different leadership styles and theories out there, leadership boils down to a few essentials. Leaders need the emotional intelligence to navigate difficult and uncomfortable situations while being able to inspire others to take action. There’s a big difference between saying you’re a leader and acting like one.

If you want to increase your self-awareness and find out if you’re a leader others can rely on, start by asking yourself these three questions:

1. Do you want to be a leader?

It may seem unfair, but in my experience, the people who make the best leaders don’t necessarily want to be. You only want what you don’t have, and same rings true here. If you want to be a leader then you probably aren’t focusing on the right aspects of leadership.

True leaders are natural trail-blazers, but they don’t set out to lead anyone. People just happen to take note of their talents and confidence and look to the person for advice and guidance.

2. Do you have an original vision, or are you just power-hungry?

Why do you want to be a leader? Is it so you have the final say, or do you have actual goals you want to accomplish with a team? True leaders don’t feel threatened by others—they’re too busy getting stuff done. Leaders typically don’t need to test or confirm their power.

If you think good leaders give directions and just want others to listen, you’ve got it wrong. The best leaders often don’t need to speak a whole lot—they listen and observe, they think deeply, and when they do speak, it’s meaningful.

A true leader acts and others follow those actions because they trust and respect the leader. It isn’t about a power battle or an ego trip. Leaders have a true vision.  

3. Are you willing to do the dirty work?

You don’t get to be a leader if all you do is sit around, give orders, and let other people do the dirty work. Real leaders are humble, and no work is “beneath” them.

They want to know what’s going on at the ground level, and they want to help their people when they’re struggling. If you’re not willing to talk to a customer or back your employee up in a bad situation, you don’t get to call yourself a leader.

“Leadership is a choice, not a position.” – Stephen Covey

Becoming a Self-Aware Leader

How did you do? Maybe you’re not cut out to be a leader. Maybe you are. Maybe you need to work on a few things first.

Real talk: being a good leader isn’t easy. However, becoming a true leader benefits everyone around you and can be extremely fulfilling. If you’re more determined than ever to become the best, most self-aware leader you can be, that’s great news: we need more leaders out there.

What are the characteristics of a great leader in your opinion? Share with us below!

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Capitalize on the 80% of Business That You Are Missing Out on Right Now With This Method

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Most of us are aware of Pareto’s Principle, the 80/20 rule. This principle states that 20% of the input gives us 80% of the output. The top 20% of your salespeople account for 80% of your business. The top 20% skills you have, account for 80% of your success. The top 20% of our customers will give us 80% of business. When we use this principle it allows us to narrow in and focus on the most important clients who are in our target market.

You’ll find that most people tell you to focus on your top 20%. Here’s the big question: What do you do with the other 80% of people who you do not work with?

Most of us let this 80% of potential business fall to the wayside because they are not our target market and we have no system set up to still do some form of business with them. However, this is not the case for Tim Johnson.

Just last year, he generated $11 million dollars from REFERRALS! He is the master of building a referral based business. By sending clients that he cannot work with to his friends and referral partners, he is able to receive commission for the introduction and new business.

Imagine having the potential to make money from EVERY business conversation! Tim speaks to about 3,000 people per year, and if he cannot help them personally, he knows someone in his Global Renegade network who can.

The thing is, we can all do this if we are intentional about it. As Tim puts it, “We need to date our referral partners. We put so much time and effort into people that do nothing for our business, yet we do not build strong relationships and invest time into our referral partners.”

Tim is a speaker, author, real estate developer, and business coach who is well known around the world. He starts each business conversation by saying, “Is it okay with you that if at anytime during this conversation I realize that I am not the right fit for you, I introduce you to someone in my network who is?”

Each time he is met with a resounding YES! Who would say no to this offer? This strong referral network has built Tim a net worth of over $4 million dollars. Tim uses a framework called SOLD and if you use this framework you can build a strong referral network as well.

Below, is the exact SOLD framework Tim uses:

Strategy

According to Tim, everything is mathematical. He approaches each conversation looking to learn and serve. When you approach conversations in this way, you focus on relationship building instead of feeling like you have an agenda to do business.

Ask great questions here and give the person you’re speaking with an opportunity to share their situation and what they are going through. Tim always asks, “What do you need and how can I serve you?” This is a powerful question that most people neglect and it’s the reason they are not experiencing as much sales success as Tim.

“Here is a powerful yet simple rule. Always give people more than they expect to get.” – Nelson Boswell

Objections = Opportunities

As the old wise quote states, “We were given two ears and one mouth for a reason.” This means we need to speak less and listen more.

Too often, people pitch and become salesy instead of being human and having a conversation where they are listening to the person they are sitting with. When you are listening, you give yourself the opportunity to learn their problems, obstacles, and needs in order to identify new opportunities.

Leverage referral partners

As you are gathering information you will identify if you are able to provide the solution that your prospect needs. If you cannot, it is time to leverage your referral partners and make the introduction.

By starting out the conversation saying, “Is it okay with you that if at anytime during our conversation I realize that I am not the right fit that I introduce you to someone who is?” you have already pre-framed yourself appropriately to leverage your referral network if you cannot provide a solution that is needed.

Your prospect will be very appreciative for your honesty and will trust your judgement. You get a lot of brownie points when you have the integrity to say that you are not the right fit, but let me introduce you to someone who is.

“People influence people. Nothing influences people more than a recommendation from a trusted friend. A trusted referral influences people more than the best broadcast message. A trusted referral is the Holy Grail of advertising.” – Mark Zuckerberg

Duplicate

Rinse and repeat this process. Having conversations in this way will enable you to work with the top 20% of people you speak with, and still provide value to the other 80%. In this way, every conversation opens up the opportunity for new business.

SOLD is business growth through asking great questions, active listening, and leveraging referral partners. Start to capitalize on the 80% of business that you are missing out on by referring these people to other service providers in your network.

If you think about providing value in service of others first, then you can leverage the SOLD framework for increased revenue in your business by simply being a connector and receiving commissions of 10%-25%.

Do you have referral partners in your business? Would love to hear your experience in the comment section below!

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A 5 Step Morning Routine That Leads to Explosive Growth and Success

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Have you ever noticed that how your day starts can dictate how the rest of your day goes? If you start your day on a positive and productive note, you feel a sense of excitement, pride, and accomplishment. And then those feelings power you through the rest of your day. You knock things off your to do list and find yourself in a great mood. Yet, when you wake up later than you were planning on, it can throw your entire day off. So make a decision to take control of your mornings and come up with a routine that will set you up for success.

When trying to construct a morning routine that fits your life, one thing to take into consideration is how important the night before is. Most people with winning morning routines, also take nighttime rituals into consideration. Before going to bed each night, plan your next day out in a journal, so you know exactly what you’re getting into. Nothing is worse than going into a day without a plan, and that’s a great way to lose control of the day.

Here’s a list of some of the most important things you can start each morning with to get off to a good start:

Step 1: Hydration: The elixir of life

One of the most important things you can do each morning is start your day off by drinking at least one glass of water. After 6-8 hours without any water, it’s essential to hydrate your body when you wake up and get it ready for the day. Your body is composed of mostly water and a lot of times, the importance of water is overlooked. Dehydration can lead to fatigue and headaches, so starting the day with water can help prevent dehydration. Because of that, staying hydrated means more energy and a lot of times, clearer thinking. There are a lot of health benefits to staying hydrated.

“Your day is pretty much formed by how you spend your first hour. Check your thoughts, attitude and heart.”

Step 2: Priming: The key to self transformation

Anthony (Tony) Robbins, one of the biggest motivational speakers, always talks about the importance of starting your day with priming. His priming exercise combines two important elements; gratitude and visualization. The priming exercise is about 15 minutes and the purpose is to get you into a good mental and physical state before you start your day. First, Tony asks you to think about 3 things that you are grateful for, and to step into those memories like you are there.

Next, he asks you to think of three things that you want to accomplish (short or long term). The purpose of these exercises is simple; start your day with gratitude and visualizing yourself accomplishing what you want to accomplish, whether it’s a short term goal or a long term goal.

If you don’t want to do that exact exercise, you can also do a combination of meditation and visualization. There are a lot of guided audios that you can use to help you get the most out of meditation and visualization.

Step 3: Exercise/Movement – Jumpstart your brain and your body

Exercise has massive benefits, both physical and mental. Starting your day with even 30 minutes of movement can give you increased energy and endorphins. It’s also a great way to start your day on a positive note. Think of how amazing you feel after you finish a good workout.

Step 4: Journaling – Create your future and write your goals into existence

Everyone has their own way of journaling; you need to find what works best for you. Some things you can do while journaling are making a list of 3-5 things you are grateful for, writing your goals down (daily or long term goals), or setting your intention for the day. Journaling can make you more productive as well as remind you what your goals/ targets are so that you stay focused on what you need to get done.

“Your morning routine generates a 10x return for good or for bad. Make it good.” – Todd Stocker

Step 5: Attack the day- conquer your biggest task that you have to do first thing

A lot of people tend to procrastinate on their most important task of the day. They’ll find any excuse to push it off. “Later” becomes “tomorrow.” And then somehow, the end of the week rolls around and the task still isn’t complete. However, if you prioritize your most important task and get it accomplished first thing in the morning, it gives you a sense of discipline and accomplishment.

Starting your morning with a routine can help transform your day. It can help you build new habits but even if you start with 2 or 3 of these, you will begin to see a big difference in how your days go. If you already have a morning routine but you are missing some of these steps, test them out and see what kind of an impact they have on your days.

What is your morning routine like? Comment below!

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Here’s Why Goals Are for Losers

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If you enter the word “goals” into your browser, more than 1.6 BILLION search results pop up. Safe to say, there’s no shortage of goal setting advice as a stepping-stone on your path to success. Yet, there’s a contrarian willing to risk criticism, challenge the status quo, and debunk goals at face value.

In his book “How To Fail At Almost Everything And Still Win Big,” Scott Adams is an author, cartoonist and Periscope streamer, who sees goals differently than most everyone else. Adams observes that if you study people who succeed, you’ll see most of them follow systems, not goals.

Goals vs. Systems

Adams defines goals as “reach it and be done objectives.” Whereas systems, is what you do on a regular basis with an expectation that you’ll build on and improve your chances of success.

In Adams book, he says he didn’t have a goal to write it by a specific date. He had a “process” that included blogging daily (for practice) believing this consistency would lead him down a path to where he wanted to be.

Other examples:

  • dieting to lose 10 lbs. is a goal. Learning to eat right, and doing so on a regular basis, is a system.
  • making a million dollars is a goal. Being a serial entrepreneur, is system.
  • running a marathon in under 3 hours is a goal. Exercising daily, is a system (forming a habit).

Could goals create tunnel vision? The problem with goals, says Adams, is that they’re laser-focused and could block awareness of other opportunities around you. If you have your head down pursuing a goal, you may miss better opportunities that could potentially advance you, perhaps even faster.

In contrast, says Adams, systems are flexible, leaving you wide open for new and better ways of doing things. “A system, performed daily, is moving you from a place with low odds to a place with better odds.”

Adams concedes, goals aren’t completely off the table. Goals are useful in “simple” situations that are “narrow, simplistic and have predictable pursuits.” They’re ok for short tasks with a clear purpose.

Two examples of different goals would be an “ok goal,” which would be entering a contest, while a “great goal” is to win. “It’s simple, it’s near term, it’s manageable.” Nonetheless, for success, goals are terrible for long-term endeavors like personal health and career success goals.

So are goals for losers? Adams says goals are psychological. If you haven’t reached your goal, you could be in a perpetual state of frustration and disappointment, possibly feeling like a failure.

Goals proceed with blinders on, expecting certain results at the end of weeks, months or years. Then once you’ve achieved that goal, what are you prepared for? Whereas systems are skill-based that add up, and can serve you on future projects.

“Never settle for average.” – Steve Jobs

Talent Stacking for Success

Talent stacking is the process of increasing your personal value by “layering together several mediocre skills” until you have something unique.

Although Adams says most of his undertakings can be considered failures from the standpoint of goals, they’re actually successes from the standpoint of systems. Gaining transferable skills has allowed him to achieve success in the long run.

In a Wall Street Journal interview, Adams shares how he stacked his talents of “mediocre artist, an ok writer, somewhat humorous, and some business knowledge” to create the wildly successful comic strip Dilbert (seen online in 2,000 newspapers, 65 countries in 25 languages) and substantial economic value.

Previously we outlined the four principles of success. Here, we add talent stacking, allowing you to capitalize on the array of opportunities that come your way. Adams recommends choosing to acquire ‘talents’ that build assets you can apply to future projects.

The assets you build will lead you down the path of eventual success over time. In today’s fast-paced world, Adams feels we’d all benefit from adding t­he following skills to your main talent:

  • public speaking
  • persuasion (to understand psychology)
  • some business sense
  • some technology sense

Adams recommends to not worry about the end result. Focus on daily execution and over time, there will be a payday.

Passion will follow

Ask a billionaire what’s the most important element to success and he’ll likely say “passion.” Adams disagrees. He says someone’s passion may not be realistic. In addition, he feels you can develop passion with success.

Adams’ observation is that people who have a good business plan probably do well. As things start working, and you start making money, suddenly passion appears!

The crossroads of luck

Adams believes the flexibility of systems increases your odds of luck finding you. By adding to your talent stack, more opportunities cross your path, with success following close behind.

There are many kids today with better programming skills than Bill Gates had. Yet, Gates was born in a time in history where he had access to computers when other people didn’t, and that luck has made him billions and billions of dollars. Adams says go where the luck is, tune yourself into the vibration of luck and increase the chances you’ll get it.

“Success is luck multiplied by the skills you obtain” – Scott Adams

So there you have it, systems are better if you have a complicated situation and a long time frame. Goals are fine if you have a simple situation and a short time frame.

The thread that ties this highly recommended book together is that if you develop good systems and follow them daily, then your efforts eventually overlap with luck.

What do you think about goals now? Looking forward to hearing from you in the comments area below.

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How You Can Effectively Achieve Your Goals by Using the Puzzle Analogy

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I was building a 500 piece puzzle the other day with many tiny little pieces. When I opened the box, I was completely overwhelmed. There were so many pieces and many of them were very similar in color. I took a breath and thought “just do one piece at a time”. I knew that I had to come up with a plan and organize the pieces into groups before I got started. This helped me to focus and take away some of the overwhelming feelings that were coming up. I came up with a plan and executed that plan. (more…)

Meghan Olsgard is the creator and writer of www.infinitesoulblueprint.com where she writes articles about self-empowerment and creating a fulfilling life. She shares her personal experiences and the obstacles she has overcame to help and inspire others to do the same. You can get more information at her website or follow her on Facebook.

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  1. carol dunlop

    Aug 3, 2015 at 12:35 am

    Attitude is totally everything. If you go in thinking you can’t of course you want, but if you go in like you said and KNOW that you can’t lose, boy does that change the outcome, in your mind AND in real life. I have recently concentrated on this very thing and am seeing great results. Thank you for sharing.

    • Tim Denning

      Dec 30, 2015 at 2:46 am

      Thanks Carol for sharing your experience!

  2. Rose Costas

    Jun 18, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Thanks Tim for this amazing post. It is so very true how being optimistic can make things happen. I think one of the main reason is because when you are positive you will look for solutions more readily. You want to win and will do what ever it takes to see things through.

    • Tim Denning

      Jun 18, 2015 at 11:42 pm

      Thank you Rose. Optimists still see problems and negativity too, the only difference is they spend 95% of the time on the outcome and the positive and maybe 5% on the negative. If you follow these tips you will become a magnet for people wanting to do business with you and be around you.

  3. Robb Mann

    Jun 18, 2015 at 11:20 am

    “Success is not the key to happiness.
    Happiness is the key to success.
    If you love what you are doing,
    you will be successful.”
    – Albert Schweitzer

    • Tim Denning

      Jun 18, 2015 at 11:40 pm

      One of my favorite quotes Robb, thank you.

  4. Robb Mann

    Jun 18, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Tim,
    Thank you for sharing these benefits to optimism, I totally agree with you. I own a small tile store and experience the same benefits of optimism. Focusing on sales encompasses so much of our lives, right? Like you said we are all in sales!

    I’m curious as to what strategies you employ to keep yourself optimistic in this… less than optimistic world we find ourselves?

    For myself, I ask questions like “What/who am I grateful for today?”, “What am I excited about today?”, “What am I looking forward to today?”, etc.. I ask these questions in the morning and it really helps me to get my mindset in the right place for the day. My optimism soars. Also, like what happened this week, a potentially very costly problem comes up, I remind myself “we will come to a great outcome”. This reminder comes from my belief that most problems hold promise of great opportunities, we just need to find them! In my situation this week, my optimism kept the project on track, encouraged everyone involved, and we did come to a great outcome, all while we had a real problem to address.

    Again, I appreciate you elaborating on the benefits to our sales efforts and I’m curious about some of your strategies.

    Thank you,
    Robb Mann

    • Tim Denning

      Jun 18, 2015 at 11:39 pm

      Happy to share anytime Robb. The strategies I do to remain optimistic are to read powerful books everyday. I try and do at least ten pages each day. I also come on to Addicted2Success where I find my daily inspiration. In terms of gratitude, I write a list of 3 things I am grateful for each day which forces me to find the good.

      When a costly problem occurs it’s actually a cost that is in the form of education. You won;t make that mistake again I promise you. When people talk about the IP of a company they are actually talking about the lessons your business has learned which is what makes it valuable.

      The other thing I do is to stay away from people that pull you down. I don;t allow them to take up my time and find anyway to keep my exposure at an all time low.

  5. Lawrence Berry

    Jun 18, 2015 at 3:51 am

    Optimism is a great tool for success and I can see why it has helped you in so many ways. I also think optimism is a great confidence booster because when you go into a meeting where you think you already have won the client over, you present in a way that will see you predictions come true. You speak with a little more enthusiasm and passion, and this projects to your potential client. They begin to believe in you. I think everyone should learn to be optimistic, but also realistic to an extent, otherwise disappointment and discouragement would follow.

    • Tim Denning

      Jun 18, 2015 at 4:37 am

      Spot on Lawrence. Optimism is one of the most powerful success tools I have come across. It’s always better to see things better than they are. You can almost always train your brain to see the best in a situation if you have the will power.

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Are You Really a Leader? 3 Questions That Will Help You Find the Answer

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Being a leader is a lot of responsibility. People look to you to make decisions, direct them, provide support, and get results. A true leader is an amazing presence: a humble yet confident person who inspires those around them.

Unfortunately, a lot of people think they’re leaders, but really aren’t. In fact, according to talent scientist Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, 80% of people believe they are better-than-average leaders, which is objectively impossible. I see people claiming to be leaders all the time, but they’re all talk and no substance.

What is Leadership?

A lot of the people I talk to seem to think that you become a leader just by having a job managing people. That’s simply not true. Leadership is a balancing act that would make a master juggler impressed.

True leadership involves making sure that there is a happy balance between employees’ needs and the company’s needs. If only the employees’ needs are prioritized, the company won’t be profitable. Likewise, if only the company’s needs are considered, employees will leave.

True leaders have the self-awareness and strategic skills to understand this delicate balance and understand their role in creating those key compromises.

“The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.” – Ken Blanchard

Can You Be a True Leader?

Although there are a number of different leadership styles and theories out there, leadership boils down to a few essentials. Leaders need the emotional intelligence to navigate difficult and uncomfortable situations while being able to inspire others to take action. There’s a big difference between saying you’re a leader and acting like one.

If you want to increase your self-awareness and find out if you’re a leader others can rely on, start by asking yourself these three questions:

1. Do you want to be a leader?

It may seem unfair, but in my experience, the people who make the best leaders don’t necessarily want to be. You only want what you don’t have, and same rings true here. If you want to be a leader then you probably aren’t focusing on the right aspects of leadership.

True leaders are natural trail-blazers, but they don’t set out to lead anyone. People just happen to take note of their talents and confidence and look to the person for advice and guidance.

2. Do you have an original vision, or are you just power-hungry?

Why do you want to be a leader? Is it so you have the final say, or do you have actual goals you want to accomplish with a team? True leaders don’t feel threatened by others—they’re too busy getting stuff done. Leaders typically don’t need to test or confirm their power.

If you think good leaders give directions and just want others to listen, you’ve got it wrong. The best leaders often don’t need to speak a whole lot—they listen and observe, they think deeply, and when they do speak, it’s meaningful.

A true leader acts and others follow those actions because they trust and respect the leader. It isn’t about a power battle or an ego trip. Leaders have a true vision.  

3. Are you willing to do the dirty work?

You don’t get to be a leader if all you do is sit around, give orders, and let other people do the dirty work. Real leaders are humble, and no work is “beneath” them.

They want to know what’s going on at the ground level, and they want to help their people when they’re struggling. If you’re not willing to talk to a customer or back your employee up in a bad situation, you don’t get to call yourself a leader.

“Leadership is a choice, not a position.” – Stephen Covey

Becoming a Self-Aware Leader

How did you do? Maybe you’re not cut out to be a leader. Maybe you are. Maybe you need to work on a few things first.

Real talk: being a good leader isn’t easy. However, becoming a true leader benefits everyone around you and can be extremely fulfilling. If you’re more determined than ever to become the best, most self-aware leader you can be, that’s great news: we need more leaders out there.

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Capitalize on the 80% of Business That You Are Missing Out on Right Now With This Method

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Most of us are aware of Pareto’s Principle, the 80/20 rule. This principle states that 20% of the input gives us 80% of the output. The top 20% of your salespeople account for 80% of your business. The top 20% skills you have, account for 80% of your success. The top 20% of our customers will give us 80% of business. When we use this principle it allows us to narrow in and focus on the most important clients who are in our target market.

You’ll find that most people tell you to focus on your top 20%. Here’s the big question: What do you do with the other 80% of people who you do not work with?

Most of us let this 80% of potential business fall to the wayside because they are not our target market and we have no system set up to still do some form of business with them. However, this is not the case for Tim Johnson.

Just last year, he generated $11 million dollars from REFERRALS! He is the master of building a referral based business. By sending clients that he cannot work with to his friends and referral partners, he is able to receive commission for the introduction and new business.

Imagine having the potential to make money from EVERY business conversation! Tim speaks to about 3,000 people per year, and if he cannot help them personally, he knows someone in his Global Renegade network who can.

The thing is, we can all do this if we are intentional about it. As Tim puts it, “We need to date our referral partners. We put so much time and effort into people that do nothing for our business, yet we do not build strong relationships and invest time into our referral partners.”

Tim is a speaker, author, real estate developer, and business coach who is well known around the world. He starts each business conversation by saying, “Is it okay with you that if at anytime during this conversation I realize that I am not the right fit for you, I introduce you to someone in my network who is?”

Each time he is met with a resounding YES! Who would say no to this offer? This strong referral network has built Tim a net worth of over $4 million dollars. Tim uses a framework called SOLD and if you use this framework you can build a strong referral network as well.

Below, is the exact SOLD framework Tim uses:

Strategy

According to Tim, everything is mathematical. He approaches each conversation looking to learn and serve. When you approach conversations in this way, you focus on relationship building instead of feeling like you have an agenda to do business.

Ask great questions here and give the person you’re speaking with an opportunity to share their situation and what they are going through. Tim always asks, “What do you need and how can I serve you?” This is a powerful question that most people neglect and it’s the reason they are not experiencing as much sales success as Tim.

“Here is a powerful yet simple rule. Always give people more than they expect to get.” – Nelson Boswell

Objections = Opportunities

As the old wise quote states, “We were given two ears and one mouth for a reason.” This means we need to speak less and listen more.

Too often, people pitch and become salesy instead of being human and having a conversation where they are listening to the person they are sitting with. When you are listening, you give yourself the opportunity to learn their problems, obstacles, and needs in order to identify new opportunities.

Leverage referral partners

As you are gathering information you will identify if you are able to provide the solution that your prospect needs. If you cannot, it is time to leverage your referral partners and make the introduction.

By starting out the conversation saying, “Is it okay with you that if at anytime during our conversation I realize that I am not the right fit that I introduce you to someone who is?” you have already pre-framed yourself appropriately to leverage your referral network if you cannot provide a solution that is needed.

Your prospect will be very appreciative for your honesty and will trust your judgement. You get a lot of brownie points when you have the integrity to say that you are not the right fit, but let me introduce you to someone who is.

“People influence people. Nothing influences people more than a recommendation from a trusted friend. A trusted referral influences people more than the best broadcast message. A trusted referral is the Holy Grail of advertising.” – Mark Zuckerberg

Duplicate

Rinse and repeat this process. Having conversations in this way will enable you to work with the top 20% of people you speak with, and still provide value to the other 80%. In this way, every conversation opens up the opportunity for new business.

SOLD is business growth through asking great questions, active listening, and leveraging referral partners. Start to capitalize on the 80% of business that you are missing out on by referring these people to other service providers in your network.

If you think about providing value in service of others first, then you can leverage the SOLD framework for increased revenue in your business by simply being a connector and receiving commissions of 10%-25%.

Do you have referral partners in your business? Would love to hear your experience in the comment section below!

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A 5 Step Morning Routine That Leads to Explosive Growth and Success

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Have you ever noticed that how your day starts can dictate how the rest of your day goes? If you start your day on a positive and productive note, you feel a sense of excitement, pride, and accomplishment. And then those feelings power you through the rest of your day. You knock things off your to do list and find yourself in a great mood. Yet, when you wake up later than you were planning on, it can throw your entire day off. So make a decision to take control of your mornings and come up with a routine that will set you up for success.

When trying to construct a morning routine that fits your life, one thing to take into consideration is how important the night before is. Most people with winning morning routines, also take nighttime rituals into consideration. Before going to bed each night, plan your next day out in a journal, so you know exactly what you’re getting into. Nothing is worse than going into a day without a plan, and that’s a great way to lose control of the day.

Here’s a list of some of the most important things you can start each morning with to get off to a good start:

Step 1: Hydration: The elixir of life

One of the most important things you can do each morning is start your day off by drinking at least one glass of water. After 6-8 hours without any water, it’s essential to hydrate your body when you wake up and get it ready for the day. Your body is composed of mostly water and a lot of times, the importance of water is overlooked. Dehydration can lead to fatigue and headaches, so starting the day with water can help prevent dehydration. Because of that, staying hydrated means more energy and a lot of times, clearer thinking. There are a lot of health benefits to staying hydrated.

“Your day is pretty much formed by how you spend your first hour. Check your thoughts, attitude and heart.”

Step 2: Priming: The key to self transformation

Anthony (Tony) Robbins, one of the biggest motivational speakers, always talks about the importance of starting your day with priming. His priming exercise combines two important elements; gratitude and visualization. The priming exercise is about 15 minutes and the purpose is to get you into a good mental and physical state before you start your day. First, Tony asks you to think about 3 things that you are grateful for, and to step into those memories like you are there.

Next, he asks you to think of three things that you want to accomplish (short or long term). The purpose of these exercises is simple; start your day with gratitude and visualizing yourself accomplishing what you want to accomplish, whether it’s a short term goal or a long term goal.

If you don’t want to do that exact exercise, you can also do a combination of meditation and visualization. There are a lot of guided audios that you can use to help you get the most out of meditation and visualization.

Step 3: Exercise/Movement – Jumpstart your brain and your body

Exercise has massive benefits, both physical and mental. Starting your day with even 30 minutes of movement can give you increased energy and endorphins. It’s also a great way to start your day on a positive note. Think of how amazing you feel after you finish a good workout.

Step 4: Journaling – Create your future and write your goals into existence

Everyone has their own way of journaling; you need to find what works best for you. Some things you can do while journaling are making a list of 3-5 things you are grateful for, writing your goals down (daily or long term goals), or setting your intention for the day. Journaling can make you more productive as well as remind you what your goals/ targets are so that you stay focused on what you need to get done.

“Your morning routine generates a 10x return for good or for bad. Make it good.” – Todd Stocker

Step 5: Attack the day- conquer your biggest task that you have to do first thing

A lot of people tend to procrastinate on their most important task of the day. They’ll find any excuse to push it off. “Later” becomes “tomorrow.” And then somehow, the end of the week rolls around and the task still isn’t complete. However, if you prioritize your most important task and get it accomplished first thing in the morning, it gives you a sense of discipline and accomplishment.

Starting your morning with a routine can help transform your day. It can help you build new habits but even if you start with 2 or 3 of these, you will begin to see a big difference in how your days go. If you already have a morning routine but you are missing some of these steps, test them out and see what kind of an impact they have on your days.

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Here’s Why Goals Are for Losers

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If you enter the word “goals” into your browser, more than 1.6 BILLION search results pop up. Safe to say, there’s no shortage of goal setting advice as a stepping-stone on your path to success. Yet, there’s a contrarian willing to risk criticism, challenge the status quo, and debunk goals at face value.

In his book “How To Fail At Almost Everything And Still Win Big,” Scott Adams is an author, cartoonist and Periscope streamer, who sees goals differently than most everyone else. Adams observes that if you study people who succeed, you’ll see most of them follow systems, not goals.

Goals vs. Systems

Adams defines goals as “reach it and be done objectives.” Whereas systems, is what you do on a regular basis with an expectation that you’ll build on and improve your chances of success.

In Adams book, he says he didn’t have a goal to write it by a specific date. He had a “process” that included blogging daily (for practice) believing this consistency would lead him down a path to where he wanted to be.

Other examples:

  • dieting to lose 10 lbs. is a goal. Learning to eat right, and doing so on a regular basis, is a system.
  • making a million dollars is a goal. Being a serial entrepreneur, is system.
  • running a marathon in under 3 hours is a goal. Exercising daily, is a system (forming a habit).

Could goals create tunnel vision? The problem with goals, says Adams, is that they’re laser-focused and could block awareness of other opportunities around you. If you have your head down pursuing a goal, you may miss better opportunities that could potentially advance you, perhaps even faster.

In contrast, says Adams, systems are flexible, leaving you wide open for new and better ways of doing things. “A system, performed daily, is moving you from a place with low odds to a place with better odds.”

Adams concedes, goals aren’t completely off the table. Goals are useful in “simple” situations that are “narrow, simplistic and have predictable pursuits.” They’re ok for short tasks with a clear purpose.

Two examples of different goals would be an “ok goal,” which would be entering a contest, while a “great goal” is to win. “It’s simple, it’s near term, it’s manageable.” Nonetheless, for success, goals are terrible for long-term endeavors like personal health and career success goals.

So are goals for losers? Adams says goals are psychological. If you haven’t reached your goal, you could be in a perpetual state of frustration and disappointment, possibly feeling like a failure.

Goals proceed with blinders on, expecting certain results at the end of weeks, months or years. Then once you’ve achieved that goal, what are you prepared for? Whereas systems are skill-based that add up, and can serve you on future projects.

“Never settle for average.” – Steve Jobs

Talent Stacking for Success

Talent stacking is the process of increasing your personal value by “layering together several mediocre skills” until you have something unique.

Although Adams says most of his undertakings can be considered failures from the standpoint of goals, they’re actually successes from the standpoint of systems. Gaining transferable skills has allowed him to achieve success in the long run.

In a Wall Street Journal interview, Adams shares how he stacked his talents of “mediocre artist, an ok writer, somewhat humorous, and some business knowledge” to create the wildly successful comic strip Dilbert (seen online in 2,000 newspapers, 65 countries in 25 languages) and substantial economic value.

Previously we outlined the four principles of success. Here, we add talent stacking, allowing you to capitalize on the array of opportunities that come your way. Adams recommends choosing to acquire ‘talents’ that build assets you can apply to future projects.

The assets you build will lead you down the path of eventual success over time. In today’s fast-paced world, Adams feels we’d all benefit from adding t­he following skills to your main talent:

  • public speaking
  • persuasion (to understand psychology)
  • some business sense
  • some technology sense

Adams recommends to not worry about the end result. Focus on daily execution and over time, there will be a payday.

Passion will follow

Ask a billionaire what’s the most important element to success and he’ll likely say “passion.” Adams disagrees. He says someone’s passion may not be realistic. In addition, he feels you can develop passion with success.

Adams’ observation is that people who have a good business plan probably do well. As things start working, and you start making money, suddenly passion appears!

The crossroads of luck

Adams believes the flexibility of systems increases your odds of luck finding you. By adding to your talent stack, more opportunities cross your path, with success following close behind.

There are many kids today with better programming skills than Bill Gates had. Yet, Gates was born in a time in history where he had access to computers when other people didn’t, and that luck has made him billions and billions of dollars. Adams says go where the luck is, tune yourself into the vibration of luck and increase the chances you’ll get it.

“Success is luck multiplied by the skills you obtain” – Scott Adams

So there you have it, systems are better if you have a complicated situation and a long time frame. Goals are fine if you have a simple situation and a short time frame.

The thread that ties this highly recommended book together is that if you develop good systems and follow them daily, then your efforts eventually overlap with luck.

What do you think about goals now? Looking forward to hearing from you in the comments area below.

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