Closing Out The World When Sales Are Poor

Build Live Give. Mentoring With Paul Higgins

Hello to the Build Live Give solo podcast episode number 316. Today. I'm going to share my personal experience of what happens when I don't achieve sales. This experience, I actually hear too often from others as well, and I think it's something we need to sort of talk more about, but also I've got some tips on how you can avoid this yourself in the future. And if you are new and you love what you hear, please subscribe. If you're regular, thanks for your support, as always. I love listening to podcasts and always have follow-up questions. If you're the same, just go to Paulhigginsmentoring.com/questions and modules, and I promise to answer it. So please check out past shows also on your favourite platform. Just search Build Live Give.

 

So I started observing sales when I was about four years of age, whether it was 3, 4, 5, I don't know, but I would go on my dad's sales road trips prior to school. He was a rep at Coca Cola working in regional Australia. And then I worked part time in a seasonal sales role at Coca Cola. And it also helped me put me through university/college, depending where you are in the world. I insisted I would never work full time there. And I ended up working there, getting a set of keys, which has meant to be six weeks and it lasted 18 years. They were good years and it was a great company to work for. Then I went and started my own business in 2011 and I really learned what selling really was. Always had the backing of the brand and all of a sudden I was out there selling myself. And as you know, if you're selling your own business, just how hard that experience can be.

 

Now I'll spare you all the war stories that I've had. But there is one sad fact I know about myself and it may also be your experiences that are close out the world when my sales are not at the level I expect. I've got high expectations. Coke is a very high-performing business, and when I'm not doing as well, either meeting my own personal goals or not delivering what I've committed to my family, in particular Linda, my wife, I really, really closed myself off. And I'm not quite sure if you've ever felt the same way, you know.

 

What are some of the things that happen for me? So I don't call my friends as much. I sort of become, you know, we've got a WhatsApp group and I've become a little more silent and in it. I started avoiding my family now. Yes, I might call my dad every second day, mom's passed sadly, but just, you know, the general family, I sorta, um, forget things. Also, you know, I'd rather sit at home, watching Netflix on a Friday night, rather than going out. And people around don't notice the subtle differences, but inside, you know, I know that it's there and it's that constant voice of judgement sign.

 

You know, why aren't you getting ahead further? You know. Why aren't you achieving your sales results? And it's really consuming. And, you know, I know running your own business can be very lonely and especially if you're the boss, right? So who do you talk to? You don't really want to tell your team about it because you don't want to share the cold, hard truth to them because you know, they rely on you. Their whole life is forged based on your success in some cases, and you don't want to let them or their families down. And it doesn't have to be that way. Okay. If you're really feeling like this right now, and believe me, I've gone through patches of this often, I have some suggestions on what you can do to solve it. Fortunately, you know, these moments aren't always as fragrant as they were when I first started, but they're still there. And I still remind me each time It happens when I shut myself out because I'm not getting the results. I really want that pain and all those memories come flashing back.

 

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So, you know, I really want to help you open up to the world, not close down to the world when you're not getting the results. And you know, it's easy to sort of fall into that trap and blame ourselves. But it's much easier to look at some actions. How can I open myself back up? And here's some that have worked well for me. And some of the clients I've worked with first is talk to somebody who really understands what it's like to run their own business and just talk it out, talk it through. It's not always the case, but typically males aren't as good as what females are on this, I think that is changing. But you know, if you're a male and you're listening, you know, please, talk it out, don't bottle it up.

 

The second is to go back to the habits that have made you successful in the past, and then add them back into your routine. It's so easy to fall out of some really good habits, because life gets busy, things happen. But go back and do those and document those routines, so it's easy to go back to. Number three, a problem shared is a problem solved. One of my mentors at Coca Cola used to say that and it stuck with me. But share it with an expert and get their learnings from where they've been or had clients in similar situations. So often I'll be mentoring someone and I'll just share my experiences. When I came across that I did this, so you're not telling them what to do, but yet sharing options. And I really do think you need some experts sometimes to bring you out of where you're at.

 

The fourth one, it seems pretty obvious, but just allocate quality time to sales. Back in episode 314, I spoke about how you should at least have 50% of your time allocated to sales and marketing. I really believe that and it's quality time. Busyness is not going to lead to success, but the right activities will. But some people, they doubt themselves, they get so down, they then avoid sales. And unfortunately it spirals and makes it worse. Last but not least, number five. Test new ideas. The activities that are probably got you to where you are probably aren't going to be the ones that will get you to the next level. So test things, set up a hypothesis, then go and test whether it's going to work or not.

 

Three key actions from today. One addresses the elephant in the room. If you really are having symptoms like I've said, and like I said, I've had them lots of times, please go and just look at one of these actions and go and get some help. You don't have to do it on your own. And also if you really like some help from me, reach out. I've got a Sales Machine and I've got also the Accelerate Sales Programme where I do love to help people get out of this as I've helped myself in the past. You get all the links in the show notes, go to Paulhigginsmentoring.com/podcast, episode 316, or on the app you're listening to right now. I recommend the PocketCasts app. Not a sponsor. I wish I were, but it's a great app.

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