I have had some mixed experiences recently and have found myself shifting between 2 apparently opposing life perspectives. 1. Take a teaspoon of concrete and harden up you softy! 2. Stop taking life so seriously and just chillax (chill out and relax!). Am I the only one that is torn between those 2 feelings at the moment? Is it possible for both of those mindsets to co-exist?
Pedal Down or Coast?
Maybe it’s the 2 speed life perspective that matches our 2 speed economy at the moment? There seems to be an absolutely phenomenal amount of opportunities around at the moment and that business part of my brain says ‘go out and make hay while the sun shines’. For most people I speak to in business, the last few years have been interesting times where they have been forced to work both harder and smarter than the previous decade. So when opportunity presents itself, the natural instinct is to grab it with both hands – it doesn’t matter that you are already busy, just go for it! That then creates new and better challenges!!
I do know of many business people that have been quietly going along just nicely thanks but many of them seem very cautious about making that publicly known. When someone wants to tell them their stories of trouble and strife, they nod sympathetically and make gestures as if they understand and then quietly get on with making an absolute killing in these ‘tough times’. Aussies hate braggers at the best of times but when so many others seem to be doing it tough, it would seem poor form to say ‘well actually, things have never been better!’.
I recently had the experience of losing the plot a bit over something that normally would not ruffle my feathers in the slightest. It was like an out-of-body experience as I was watching some ‘gorilla lose his cool’ and thinking to myself, that guy really needs to chill out and stop taking the world so seriously. The challenge was, I was that gorilla and I was blowing off some steam – right or wrong! It is times like that when I realise that maybe I need to get some time away from the daily grind to get perspective on what really matters most. It is definitely time for this little black duck to chillax when that sort of thing happens!
It always amazes me how many people rust out well before they wear out in life and when I start feeling like my life is full, I always seem to find someone that inspires me and puts my minor challenges into perspective. I remember when I was in recovery from a triple abdominal hernia operation last year, in all sorts of pain and feeling sorry for myself and someone tried to tell me that ‘my worst day was someone elses best day’. They said many people would gladly swap their problems for mine and to be honest, at that moment, I wanted to punch them for saying it! (lucky I’m not a violent person!)
Funny thing was, as soon as I got my head back in the game soon after that, what they had said was exactly the life perspective that I needed to take. I have a close friend dealing with personal challenges daily at the moment that would leave most of us curled up in the corner in a foetal position sucking out thumbs let alone functioning and thriving! The grace, sense of humour and passion that he and his wife emanate inspires me to live my life to the absolute maximum. They remind me to take a teaspoon of concrete and harden up and then in the same breath, just chillax, life is too short to take it so seriously!
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This article doesn’t cover a specific sales skill but I wanted to remind you that professional selling definitely has it’s challenges and the greatest of all of those is to get your head in the right place and then keep it there in spite of what happens. Now get off your butt and go and sell something and do it with a smile on your dile!
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