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  • 3 Steps to the Art of Growth

    Guest Post By: Dave Brown

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    Let me fill you in on something that has been life changing. Most of you know my background with selling door-to-door with Southwestern, now hitting the phones with Southwestern Consulting. Well, at one point things got stagnate. I wasn’t sure what was going on, and I felt like nothing was moving forward. Have you ever been there? Are you at that point where some things are just falling apart?

    I have the solution for you. IDP.

    Identify.

    Duplicate.

    Perfect.

    You are in control of how great you become, and how great you get at prospecting… or anything.  This is a process, a simple system, that allows you to keep getting better and growing every single day.

    First step: Identify

    Each one on you has done great things and accomplished a lot in your life. Personal or professional, you have had some success. Let’s remember that time. Take yourself back there, and where you were mentally. Think back to when you had your best day ever. What did you do that day? How did you sound? What did you wear? What were you saying to yourself that day? Take yourself back to that place and think through those things when you were at the top of your game and make a list. Remember how people treated you and what they said to you. Write down how you were feeling, and just what was going on. This will be your first step.

    Second step: Duplicate

    Pretty simple. Every Sunday I have IDP time to recap the week and think about every great thing I did the week prior, so on Monday, I can duplicate those actions. I can repeat what it was about the week before that made a positive impact, and carry it on to the next week. Maybe you just start smiling at everyone. That is something you can repeat while helping yourself and others. Consciously be aware of the things that make you feel accomplished so you can continue doing those things. You will naturally start duplicating these things, which will lead you to the last step.

    Final step: Perfect

    Perfect what you know works. Perfect those processes and systems. You become amazing at calling people and prospecting. You grow and get better while you’re out serving others and changing people’s live through what you do. This is the perfection process.

    It starts with identifying, then you duplicate, then you perfect the great you that you are. Where I am at today, and the things that I have accomplished and keep doing, come from IDP. I continue to take these steps and great things unfold. You can do it too!

    Prospecting mastery is a habit and can be achieved by anyone dedicated to working a system better than anyone else ever has. Go out, get your habits and identify, duplicate, and perfect the best you! Go get it today!

    What is something you have done that you are so proud of, and continue to do? What have you perfected because you identified and duplicated it? Let me know! Tweet me @davebrown_swc or message me on LinkedIn. Let’s connect and grow together!  

    Dave Brown is a senior partner and executive level coach at Southwestern Consulting and author of the upcoming book Painless Prospecting. Dave was a record-breaking salesman for Southwestern Advantage, knocking on over 50,000 doors before the age of 25. He has spoken and trained over 100,000 sales professionals across the globe with Southwestern Consulting.


  • Facing Fear

    Guest Post By: Jay Wang

    Fear is the root of many challenges we face in life. If we really dig down, at the core of things, like worry, doubt, anxiety, depression, etc. you will find fear. Even things like rage, selfishness or apathy can be traced back to fear.

    Fear…Recently a few close friends and I went downhill mountain biking at a local ski resort, in the summer time you can take the ski lift up with a downhill mountain bike and hit some intense descents. It was really scary and admittedly most trails there were several levels higher than my current skill set. For those of you not familiar with mountain biking, the difference between cross-country or trail riding and downhill riding is exponential! We are talking huge jumps and turning corners that you can get horizontal in!

    I had gotten advice that often in an ugly situation where you are about to crash or… say hit a tree, you actually need to let off the brakes so that you can gain control, get traction, steer around the obstacle and ride out the situation. Counter-intuitive to say the least. I experienced this first hand noticing that the more afraid I felt, the more I seemed to use my brakes. The more I used my brakes the less traction I had, especially when over breaking and the more out of control I felt! I had to really face my fear and constantly focus on using my body and going with the flow of the trail vs my default fear based reaction to slam on the brakes. It ended up being an epic adventure, a good time and a victory!

    Sales, business, and life work the exact same way. Look at our fear based reactions like call reluctance, procrastination or self-sabotaging our own success. They again can all be traced back to a core element of fear.

    Here are a few steps to help you face your fears!

    1. Know the Enemy!  What are you afraid of? Name it and write it down. Acknowledge it and you may start to see how insignificant or unlikely it is. Understanding fear helps us to better react to it in the right way. Many of us have heard the old acronym that F.E.A.R. is False Evidence Appearing Real. Though I agree entirely I would also like to submit that many times there is something very real we fear. Going back to my downhill mountain biking trip, I forgot to mention, that day we saw two broken collarbones and one guy got carried off in an ambulance. Believe me, the danger and risk was very real. HOWEVER, fear is a multiplier! It takes that risk and it exponentially multiplies that which we are afraid of! It snowballs in our creative imagination and becomes a monstrosity. So awareness is key!

    2. Do Battle with the EnemyFear is a cunning foe, you can not fight it by attacking it directly because whatever we resist persists. You can’t fight the fear of falling on a mountain bike by saying, don’t fall, don’t fall, don’t fall. Guess what your mind focuses on?!?  That’s right! Falling! And what usually ends up happening? You guessed it. Often times, fear causes us to do the things that will bring about exactly that which we do not want to have happen, like over breaking on a mountain bike. This applies to cornering on a motorcycle as well, FYI. So what do you do? Like a martial artist master, you must see the attack (in this case the fear), maneuver to allow the attack to pass right by you and make your move!  So what’s your move?

    a.     Focus on what you are doing and not on what it is you are afraid of.

    b.     Use Self-Talk or have a Mantra-  I got this! This is a walk in the park! This is fun! I’m crushing this!

    c.     Have a plan to focus on the right things!- do it step by step, break it down and slowly build momentum and confidence!

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    Happy Halloween! Go out and Face your Fears!

    Jay Wang started selling with The Southwestern Company while in college. He was in the top 1% of sales producers and was able to sell, recruit and manage teams in order to pay his own way though school. After graduating with a degree in Business Management, he transitioned to managing multi-million dollar commercial real estate properties, achieving record-breaking occupancies. Since 2011, Jay has been traveling the country as a professional sales trainer and Partner with Southwestern Consulting.


  • How Bad Do You Want It?

    Guest Post By: Jay Wang

    Some want it badly, whatever “it” may be for them, success, a goal or a win. Some don’t. Others say they do but can’t seem to make things happen.

    Why is it that some people do and some people don’t? I do know, it just seems to work that way. A better question, however, might be what does it look like to want it more?

    Here’s some insight. My good friend, mentor and role model Rick Takahashi is constantly asking me and those he mentors “How Bad Do You Want It?” Rick and I first connected through our Surf Ministry called Water at The Rock Church in San Diego, CA. As the leader of our Men’s Group, I could go on and on about his character, heart for people and humility, but I will go with humility to introduce him. You see Rick has some credibility to lead a group of surfers because he is a USA Surf Team Rider. Yup, Rick’ is a humble guy, so I will brag on him a bit. In 2012, he had a perfect season, winning every contest in NSSA, including Westerns and Nationals. In 2016, he won 1st place in 10 National Finals! He is also sponsored by a slew of companies like Rusty Surf Board, Oakley and Dakine, just to name a few. All this to say, he is the best surfer I know and a Top Level Competitor!

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    Rick told me, “Jay, I just want it more than the next guy. I push for that extra mile in training and I do more! There are a lot of surfers that are more talented than me, but I know I just have to be better than the next guy for a few critical moments.”

    As a sales coach with Southwestern Consulting, I love to see the parallels one can draw from professional sports like Surfing to things like business success and sales.

    Three Keys I learned from Rick:

    Be Disciplined and Keep Good Focus! – Have specific goals and create a solid routine around that. Know that there will need to be a sacrifice! And if you can see the prize you will pay the price. Know what it takes to win! What are you going to give up to reach your goal? So many people want to do well, yet they are not willing to give up their free time. They still want to sleep in or just be comfortable. Many times you only have to sacrifice for a specific amount of time, like a season. Know when to push, because it pays to win.

    Hustle! – Train/study harder than the next guy! Have a healthy sense of competition because it’s real. In anything you do, if you’re not going to get after it, someone else is! Don’t compare yourself, but be a competitor. Note- it’s not just winning but how you win. Be Dominant!!

    The big one…

    USE YOUR BRAIN! – Hustle with your mind, not just your body. This is what it really means to be a student of the game. Don’t just study to study. Learn and study to have a competitive advantage. Have a winning strategy. Know how to play the game, know the rules and find out the best ways to win!

    Using your brain helps to take some of the emotion out of the equation. Don’t just react to the situation or event that is occurring. Slow down and think…what can I do better here? What can I control? What did I learn? What can I do differently?

    How many times do we go around in circles wanting to win or do better or overcome a challenge but never seem to gain any ground? Rick said so many surfers just do the same thing, they use the same board every time and they get the same results. He said, “I am constantly thinking… What is the best board to use? Why? Can I surf that spot ahead of time? What do I need to look for in the conditions? What tweaks do I need to make to have a competitive advantage? Etc.”

    Let me encourage all of you, use your most powerful advantage… Your Brain!!

     

    Jay Wang started selling with The Southwestern Company while in college. He was in the top 1% of sales producers and was able to sell, recruit and manage teams in order to pay his own way though school. After graduating with a degree in Business Management, he transitioned to managing multi-million dollar commercial real estate properties, achieving record-breaking occupancies. Since 2011, Jay has been traveling the country as a professional sales trainer and Partner with Southwestern Consulting.


  • Is Your Auto-Pilot Programmed for Success? 

    Guest Post By: Jay Jones

    Have you ever wondered why we as human beings think and act the way that we do? Often times we unconsciously do things that we know are not in our best interest. We often say to ourselves, “If only I were more disciplined to do the things that I need to do…”  Unfortunately, most people do not realize that they are in subconscious auto-pilot mode most of the time.

    If you were about to fly a plane to New York and learned that the auto-pilot was programmed for the wrong destination, what would you do?  If you wanted to get to New York, you would only have 2 options.

    1. Manually fly the plane to New York the entire journey, or

    2. Reprogram the auto-pilot

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    Using this analogy and applying it to our lives we are better able to understand how we are to get to our goals and dreams in life.  We can either stay in a state of conscious awareness all of the time and always make conscious choices and decisions about everything that we do (extremely difficult to do) or we can take on the task of reprogramming our internal auto-pilot on a daily basis.  There are major benefits to becoming unconsciously competent in the areas important to our success in life.  Success is much easier when we are doing the right things without having to think about them all of the time.

    Understanding how your subconscious works:

    Everything that you have ever experienced through your 5 senses has been recorded into your subconscious mind.  Those experiences and your emotional responses to them throughout your life dictate your internal auto-pilot. They determine your fight or flight responses to everything you experience in the present.  Often we have programming that we do not even recognize that controls our motivations and desires.  To many people, the thought of having to overcome all of the negative thoughts and programming from the past seems very daunting.  Fortunately, the power of positive affirmations spoken aloud daily has more power over the subconscious in the present than most past memories.

    Writing new programming:

    It is exciting to know that no matter what you have been programmed to believe and therefore feel, you have the power to re-write that programming.  You have the power to change your future destination in life! The first step in this process is to decide what it is that you want to believe about yourself and your relationship to the world around you.  If you want to believe that you enjoy eating healthy and exercising, then you are going to have to affirm that every day if you want to eventually believe it.  If you want to be a person of tremendous faith, then you had better affirm that every day as well.  Whatever it is that you want to have, be or do, you must affirm it to yourself aloud daily.  You must also write your affirmations in the present tense.  Here are a few examples of positive affirmations:

    I feel happy, healthy and terrific!

    I have an amazing and abundant life!

    Every day I am growing more successful in everything that I do!

    I am loved and respected by others!

    I manage my time wisely and make time for all of the projects that I have committed myself to!

    I am passionate about serving others and being an example of success to everyone around me!

    I set big goals and I achieve them!

    I have 2 pages of personal affirmations on the wall by my desk that I read every morning during the week. I can speak from personal experience that without making a conscious decision about what I believe about myself, my thoughts would be slave to the world around me.  The time has come for you to take back control of your life and your thoughts from the world.  Decide what you want to believe, decide what you want to achieve and make the commitment for life to do the mental conditioning work to make it happen!

     

    Jay Jones is an expert in lead generation and business development. He has worked extensively in the mortgage, real estate, insurance, telecommunications, healthcare and financial services industries. Jay is a dynamic speaker and regularly speaks for company and industry events.


  • Choice

    Guest Post By: Brent Widman

    The choice is ours.

    So many times people go throughout life and they make the easy choice.  It can be as small as should I do the dishes, mow the lawn, rake the yard or just lay here and watch a movie, watch football or just watch TV.  It can also be the life changing choices. Do I buy the house?  Do I treat my spouse they way they should be treated?   Do I work as hard as I possibly can each and every day?

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    Every one of us has similar choices.  We make them from the time we wake up until we lay our heads down. We tell ourselves we want to do more, want to accomplish more and we want more out of life. Yet our actions aren’t speaking the way our words are. We are hitting snooze not only on our alarm, but on life.

    Truly successful people, and that’s YOUR definition of success, make the choice to go out and get it. They make the CHOICE to do things that others aren’t going to do. Get off the couch and get active. We all can make excuses, but that’s what they are, excuses. That’s where your choice comes in. Do we take the easy way out, or do we get after it?

    Do you make the right choice daily?

    What is the right choice for you?

    Do you ever find yourself wishing you would have done more? Accomplished more?  Making a choice is the hardest thing we do daily. The reason being, it happens every moment of every day.  I wish someone would have told me years ago that if I just made the choice to work harder, be disciplined and always, and I mean always give it your all that you can accomplish anything.

    What is that anything? – Go after what you want. If you want to be in sales, be in sales, if want to be a doctor, lawyer, accountant, business for yourself, sell insurance, advisor, real estate, mortgage go out and do it.  Don’t let someone tell you it can’t be done.  That’s because they CHOSE not to do it. When you are passionate about something it’s not a job.  It’s a way of life.

    • You have to start somewhere. It takes hard work. Sometimes that can be studying, it can be getting up at 3:30, going to bed at 12:00 or 1:00 am. It can be doing the things we need to do. What are those things?
    • You can’t do it yourself. You need people around you. You need mentors, trainers, coaches, people that can help you get to where you want to go. No one person knows it all.  No one.  Go out and find those people that will help you and keep you accountable.

    Discipline is the hardest part of the daily choice. When you say you are going to do something, do it. Don’t wish it, hope it, talk about it, get up and do it. Write that book, that blog, take that class, start that business, create that idea, take that vacation, spend time with the family, tell your spouse you love them.  No amount of hoping and thinking about it will make it happen.

     

    Brent Widman is has over 10 years experience in all aspects of sales.  He is a professional sales coach at Southwestern Consulting. Brent has expertise in lead generation, prospecting, selling to top execs and the art of follow up. He has worked with numerous individuals to improve their sales processes, day to day interaction and ultimately them as a person. He is a former division director, sales director and district manager for distinguished sales teams in the recruiting, fitness and communications world.


  • Why are Some People Successful?

    Why are Some People Successful and Others Not? Let me count the ways . . .  

    I was recently listening to a podcast from Sam Crowley of Every Day is Saturday and I was so excited to hear his enthusiasm and excitement about all of the possibilities for success that await those who seek it out. I am sharing his message with you today, because it is the same message that the Southwestern Consulting™ team shares in their workshops, seminars, writings and the actual work that they do everyday.

    If you are looking for a quick, get rich quick scheme this isn’t it. But, if you are a hard-working person willing to give your best everyday, then success is within your reach. Listen now to “Over Deliver on Your Promises and Stand Out From Everyone Else” and let me know what you think.

    To your success,

    Dawn Beauvais

    Social Media Manager, Southwestern Consulting™

    Thank you to Sam Crowley for his permission to link to his podcast.

  • NINE PROVEN METHODS TO GUARANTEE FAILURE IN YOUR CAREER

    How many of you would like to be successful, financially independent by retirement? Out of 100 people, studies show that by age 65:

    20% are dead

    50% are broke

    25% are financially dependent

      3% are financially independent

      2% are wealthy

    THERE ARE 9 PROVEN METHODS TO GUARANTEE FAILURE IN A CAREER:

    1.     DON’T SET GOALS

    People spend more time planning their vacations than they do planning their lives. How many of you have 5-year goals, three-year goals, 1-year goals, goals for 6 months?

    Only 2% of Americans have goals written down. WRITE THEM DOWN AND REVIEW THEM DAILY.

    2.     DON’T HAVE A PLAN

    Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

    Alice:              “Where do all these roads lead?”
    Ches. Cat:      “Where do you want them to go?”
    Alice:              “I don’t know.”
    Ches. Cat:      “Then it doesn’t matter which road you take. You’ll eventually arrive  somewhere.”

    Many of us just float along.

    3.     DON’T HAVE A PURPOSE

    The major questions you need to answer: What are you going to live your life for?

    4.     MAINTAIN BAD HABITS

    The problem with the economic bubble that we were in just a few years ago is that it allowed many sales people to  develop the wrong habits.  For a while, so many of us could  just be order takers, never learning how to be disciplined prospectors.  Now, those people are struggling because in this economy it is more of a numbers game than it has been in a long time.  We all have to actively prospect many potential clients to find the ones that are a fit for our product or service.  So, if you want to guarantee failure, do not see  enough prospects.     

    5.     DEVELOP A BAD ATTITUDE

    Another bad habit that many have is their attitude.  If you catch yourself complaining about the lack of qualified buyers, or about regulations, or about how you have to work harder now for the same or less money-then you are focused on the things that you cannot control.  Continue to do that and you will succeed in making your life measurably worse by attracting more of what you don’t want into your life.

    6.     CULTIVATE THE “LOOK OUT FOR #1” APPROACH TO  LIFE

    The Bible says, “As ye sow so shall ye reap.” You can’t plant corn then harvest wheat. You can’t manipulate, crush, abandon people on the climb to the top. You’ve got to surround yourself and help as many people get what they want and you’ll be sure to get what you want.
                        No one goes his way alone.
                        WHAT WE PUT INTO LIVES OF OTHERS, COMES BACK INTO OUR OWN.  

    Get involved with something bigger than yourself: Volunteer at a homeless shelter, take a rookie in your office under your wing, get involved in your church. Self-absorption is deadly. Again, you will get what you want out of life; if you help others get what they want.

    7.     STRIVE FOR MEDIOCRITY

     Unfortunately, being average is easy. I once heard if you want to be average, find an average person … do what they do (especially in their spare time) and you’re guaranteed to be average.

    Am I willing to discipline myself to excel? Or, am I content to be average?

    Unemployment is at 9.8% right now. Are you thankful that you are employed?  Are you making the most of it every day?

    8.     EXPECT TO FAIL

    Are you expecting to fail or succeed? What do you picture? Example: In golf, using your bad ball when you approach a hole with a huge water hazard – you just know you won’t get it over.

    Has your manager ever set a contest and you made up your mind from the beginning that there was no way that you would win?  Do you ever walk into an appointment knowing that you are not going to make the sale?  Do you think your prospect is not going to be able to afford what you have to offer?

    The problem is that too many sales people decide ahead of time for their prospect that they are not going to buy, and then they get frustrated because they didn’t.

    9.     ALWAYS SETTLE FOR LESS THAN YOUR BEST

    Apply the Common Denominator of Success: Successful people form the habit of doing things failures don’t like to do.

    So many people in this world say, “Someday I will, or I really ought to, or I’m going to.“

    Look at your behavior and look at your goals. Does your current behavior match your goals?  If your answer is “no,” you either need to change your behavior or lower your goals. 

    I’ll close with this question, “What are you doing NOW to create your own Success?”

    To your success,

     

     

     

    Emmie Young


  • FREE May Teleseminar Recording Available NOW!

    Keys to Unlocking Your Potential:  Finding Ways to Produce When No One is Buying -Teleseminar May 2010

    The Southwestern ConsultingTM Team really brings the heat with exceptional, usable value for all our listeners during the Monthly Teleseminars.  This month was no exception.  A few topics included:

    • Keys to unlocking your true potential
    • Improving individual and team performance.
    • Getting better results, improved teamwork, and clarity
    • Maximizing your time
    • Keys to creating maximum results
    • Motivating yourself and your team to produce in tough times
    • And much more!

    For more information on the Sales Experts, Click Here.  

    If you missed the call, here’s the link for the audio recording:  Keys_to_Unlocking_Your_Potential_Teleseminar_May_2010

    Don’t miss next month’s FREE Teleseminar – the topic will include PROSPECTING & APPROACH.  Thursday June 10 3pm CT.