Preparing For the Big Game

This past Sunday the biggest game in all of sports was played
and watched by more people then any other sporting event in history.
Yes, I am talking about the Super Bowl 47, that had brother against
brother coaching the two teams involved.

It takes alot for a team to make it to the big game as they have to prepare
for the season just for starters let alone win enough games to make it to the
playoffs. That's when it gets really serious becasue if you lose a game then
you go home & have to wait until next season. The teams that make it thru the
playoffs & are the last ones standing for their conference's get the  chance to
become the next champions of football.

The fans go thru a lot preparing for it also & that is what I want ot touch on
in this post. Seems like they put more into this then they do in preparing what
is going on in their lives. They follow their teams all season encouraging thru
every game & getting on their cases when they lose. They get together with
others to watch the games, even take time off from work if that is a big
enough game of the week for their team.

This year it seemed a little strange to me, as if it was a holiday or something.
I don't know as I have watched a many of Super Bowls & have partaking in
my share of parties in the past. It just seemed like people had put more meaning
into this years game than before. Well, maybe not as if their team was in it but it
didn't matter as much. They where still out shopping for parties and going to them
like it was Christmas if you ask me.

I just wonder why people do not put that much time in preparing for what is
going on in their lives or planning their lives so that they could get what they
sant out of it. People are struggling to get by or hurting with some type of pain
and just go on like that is what they are supposed to do. Let their team lose &
they are ready to go to war.

We all get caught up in the action of the game but it is time that we get caught
up in life and start playing it to win. For us that is the biggest game there is
and if we do not start preparing for it & participating in it like we should, it is
going to just past us by & be over with like Ray Lewis' as he retires this year.

You have to realize that you are in the most important game there is, YOUR LIFE.
Realize that it is up to you to make the most of it & if you don't then you have no one
to blame but yourself. I have decided that I am no longer going to be a spectator in
this game but a player. Like Ray Lewis I am playing to win it all so when I retire I
also will go out as a Champion.

Will you join me?

Five Necessary Skills for Success in Direct Sales

Sales people are required to have certain skills in order to be successful.
While opinions are certainly going to differ, here are five skills that any
person needs to have in order to experience success in direct sales.

1. Motivation is one of the biggest attributes that any sales person must
have in order to achieve the level of success they desire. If you are not
motivated, you can bet your life that your potential customer can see this.
There is nothing worse than being interested in a product and having a
sales person who shows no motivation whatsoever. Lack of proper
motivation is a definite deal buster.

You also need to have leadership abilities when you are involved in a
direct sales opportunity. This is very important because you are going to
be building a team of sales people who will be turning to you when they
need help, advice and information. 

2. Organization skills are absolutely essential when it comes to being a
sales person. You are soon going to find that you are a bookkeeper,
inventory manager, order taker, problem solver and more. In order to
do all of these things you need to establish and maintain some type of

3. Time management is another skill that is extremely important. And
this is a skill that doesn’t necessarily come naturally for everyone. If you
aren’t a natural at time management, then work on developing this
necessary skill. It’s easier to manage your time when you know exactly
what your day will consist of. If you are list maker, it never hurts to make
a “to do” list for each day so you will know exactly what you need to do
and when.

4. Good communication skills are a must. If you cannot communicate well,
it’s almost impossible to deal with people on the level expected when you
are a sales person. You will be dealing with prospects and customers on a
daily basis and sometimes many times a day. You have to be able to
communicate in person, on the telephone, and sometimes by email or other
written correspondence.

5. As your business experiences growth, you will most definitely need to
consider building a website. You need to be somewhat internet savvy and
although you may not have web design skills, it doesn’t hurt to learn some
of the basics. With modern technology, it’s almost essential that your business
has presence on the internet. 

Having the proper skills required in sales is one way to ensure that your
business reaches its maximum potential. A huge percentage of your jobs as a
sales person will require that you are consistently motivated, maintain enthusiasm
and use your knowledge to get you where you want to be. Your future depends on
it, so don’t let the difficult times get you down. Stay positive.

Envision success for your business, strive to get there, keep a positive attitude
and put your sales skills to use so your vision will soon become a reality!