While snowplowing after last weeks mini blizzard, I heard one of those sounds that you don't want to hear when parts are moving; or should I say, were moving. I stopped and looked to see what was wrong. I discovered that the scraper blade had come loose on one end and become entangled in the blades which wrapped that scraper right aroung the drive shaft. Well, needless to say, it was going to take someone much stronger than me to unbend that piece of steel from around the shaft.
So off to the local small engine repair shop with my problem sitting in the bed of the pickup I did go. I could tell that the proprietor of the shop had seen this type of problem before. He tried not to chortle, and he asked if I had checked this and that, or had I noticed this was happening, etc. I said it did seem to bounce a lot when traversing over the pavement and that it ran rougher than it did when I had first purchased it from Sears six long winters ago.
He took this opportunity to explain that equipment needs periodic servicing. Spark plugs and oil weren't really designed to last 6 years, especially when the blower sat idle most of the time. And it was a good idea to periodically check the loose bolts and the alignment feet to keep the blower from running right on top of the pavement. I thanked him for the advice and have made a comittment to do a better job in the future.
As I later thought about this incident, a number of concepts came to mind. At first it didn't seem like much, but then it occurred to me that much of life required the periodic maintenance that our mechanical equipment needed. All too often, it seems, that our daily routine can slowly drive us into the proverbial rut.
There have obviously been a number of various challenges facing each of us during these interesting economic times. In our chosen sales profession, our attitude is of utmost importance in these instances. Our old mental sparkplug and emotional oil need to be changed and renewed on a regular basis. Good books, tapes and seminars can be beneficial when looking for new perspectives and fresh ways to approach old problems. Aligning yourself with a good positive group of associates is another often overlooked resource when attempting to renew your outlook. Another excellent resource to rely on is the blog site of Active Rain. There are over 165,000 active members willing to share all sorts of ideas and approaches to the task of effectively serving our clients and customers. One can not help but recharge your battery for another day by reading and conversing with so many others who have found a number of new and unique ideas to share.