wants to ‘succeed’ and everyone wants to ‘win’… especially in sales!
‘winning’ in sales 100% of the time is unrealistic … sometimes you will lose.
can increase the winning percent by cheating with shortcuts, or by selling
below a reasonable margin, but, in the long term, these tactics always come
back to bite you. (That’s why ‘selling’ has such a bad name and such
traditionally low levels of trust and reputation).
how can you increase your chances of winning without sacrificing your
principles or your profits…?
and how can you make sure that you’re always upbeat and proactive, whether you
get the deal today or not?
his seminal masterpiece ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’, Steven Covey
talks about ‘primary success’ and ‘secondary success’:
success’ is about sticking to your principles, working on continually
improving your skills, always being prepared to give a situation your ‘best
shot’ with no excuses and continually holding yourself accountable (and, if
you’re a leader of others, doing the same with them).
‘secondary success’ is the results of doing the above.
trouble is that we’re always so much in a rush, and so blinkered (and
brainwashed) to focus on secondary success, that we’re often tempted to go for
the shortcuts in order to get the results we want. On top of this, our animal
‘fight or flight’ instincts push us towards this all the time…
then we’re surprised when we continually struggle and life becomes much harder
than it needs to be!
say that adversity reveals the true character of a person!
amazing joy of knowing this ‘secret’ is that ‘primary success’ is always
within our sphere of control … so we can always achieve it.
can always stick to our principles,
can always work on look to improve ourselves
can always give something our ‘best shot’ without excuses
we can always hold ourselves accountable.
of course, ‘secondary success’ is always outside our sphere of control, and
therefore so often so elusive).
key, of course, is to focus obsessively on continually creating ‘primary
success’, and the paradoxical miracle is that, if we do this, then secondary
success flows much more quickly and easily!
challenge is to stick to ‘primary success’ consistently and continually,
through thick and thin, no matter how tough it gets: and this is the REAL test
of effectiveness and success in life.
few people understand these key points or give serious effort to them: it’s
‘easier’ in the short term to focus on secondary success (primary success takes
some real effort).
it’s ‘hard’ to do, so often people don’t put the effort in: but this is even
better news for those that do:
- Because so few people (and organisations) put the
consistent effort into ‘primary success’, then those that do will quickly and
easily put themselves head and shoulders above their competition!
main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.
success’ is what ‘Slow Selling’ is all about: the key is to slow down, put
simple, effective ‘primary success’ systems in place, and then stick to them
and hold yourselves accountable.
Easy to say, much harder to do: that’s why we offer you our help.
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