Im not a 'preachy' kind of person. I don't claim to be an expert because I have a fancy title or years of schooling or experience (although both are true in this case). I am fairly simple. If you ask me for my opinion, you will get it. Honest...straight forward...perhaps even blunt to a fault. I don't pull punches...and I don't take it easy on anyone. So, when I was asked recently to evaluate a group of sales people on their successes and failures -- and to be honest about my findings -- I didn't pull any punches when reporting.
For the purpose of my evaluations, I decided to do this simply. No confusing quizzes to take; No weird comparisons to Sesame Street characters or Crayola crayons. (Yes, I took both tests...I'm Animal from the Muppets...and my color was red. What the hell that has to do with anything, I have no idea...lol) No questions about how you felt when you got your first tricycle or how long it took you to get potty trained. Just the facts. What do the successful people do that make them different from those that are not successful??? And, what I found out actually proved what I have believed all along.
Whether you call it the 'power of positive thinking', or seeing everything as 'the glass is half full' or whatever you want to call it, successful people all have the same mindset and the same core values. In fact, to those that are successful, success was the easy part. Maintaining the core values and discipline to get there...now, THAT was the hard part. With that in mind, read the following list and see where you fit in...and then decide if you need to change in order to be successful.
A winner is always a part of the answer. A loser is always a part of the problem.
The winner always has the program to get better. The loser always has an excuse not to...
The winner says,"Let me do it for you." The loser says,"That is not my job".
The winner sees an answer to every problem. The Loser sees a problem for every answer.
The winner says,"It may be difficult but its possible". The Loser says ,"It may be possible but is too difficult."
When a winner makes a mistake he says,"I was Wrong". When a Loser makes a mistake he says,"It wasn't my fault".
A winner makes commitments. A loser makes promises.
Winners have dreams. Losers have schemes.
Winners say,"I must do something". Losers say,"Something must be done."
Winners are part of the team. Losers are apart from the team.
Winners see the pain and try to rise above it. Losers see the pain and are held down by it.
Winners see possibilities. Losers see problems.
Winners see the potential. Losers see the past.
Winners choose what they say. Losers say what they choose.
Winners use hard arguments but soft words. Losers use soft arguments but hard words.
Winners make it happen. Losers let it happen.
Winners plan and prepare to win. (The key word is preparation.) Losers always plan and prepare to copy the winners.
Winners stand firm on values but compromise on petty things. Losers stand on petty things put compromise on values.
Winners are like thermostats - They set the standard. Losers are like thermometers - They measure where the standard is set.
Winners believe in winning. Losers believe for them to win someone has to lose.
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