There are many traits/habits required to be a successful sales person. Determination. Creativity. Negotiation. Superior customer service. Risk taking. Integrity.
You know the one trait that isn’t required?
Being a chicken!
This is one of my 7 year old niece’s favorite phrases – she likes to challenge people by saying “Don’t be a chicken!”
I have no idea where this phrase comes from- do you? It always makes me laugh though!
One thing I do know – no one likes to feel chicken, look like a chicken or be called a chicken.
So what in my twisted Diva mind constitutes being a chicken?
– Avoiding conflict.
– Going with the flow even when you know the flow is headed over a waterfall.
– Waiting for perfection to happen.
– Never taking a risk.
– Having a wishbone instead of a backbone.
– Excuses are your middle name.
– Scared of making a mistake.
Hey look – we have all been chickens at one time or another. But EESH – it just doesn’t feel good.
We are headed into one of the biggest sales periods for most businesses. These businesses will make over 50% of their annual revenue in the next few months.
How are you positioned to take advantage of all the opportunity?
Have you created a pilot project? Raised your rates? Treated your clients with amazing customer service? Tried something new? Taken a chance?
Remember this line from your Diva:
Chickens Don’t Take Chances.
But Divas Do!
So ask yourself:
What have I been avoiding/regretting/denying?
What small positive step can I take to move me forward?
A great book that I read in 1994 and still love today is ” Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway” by Susan Jeffers. Hit the library – go to a second-hand bookstore or your local bookstore and get it TODAY.
It is time for you to SHED the chicken skin and move in the directions of your dreams!