Finding Your Passion
Do you feel passionately about something? Does your sales career inspire you, motivate you to do more, be more, or accomplish more? What do you enjoy doing that helps you experience the world with strong emotions? What would it take to make your life more passion-filled? What would it take in your selling career to make you feel passionate about the opportunities you have?
If you do not love what you do, you need to find a career or another company that you do love. You spend most of your waking hours working and devote your highest level of energy during the day to work. If you don't like what you do, then you simply won't do your best. Moreover, at some point you will find that you are not looking forward to getting out of bed on Monday and can't wait until it's Friday (when it's only Wednesday afternoon). This is not how to live a quality and purpose-driven life. When thinking about what it is you would really like to be doing, consider the following areas of your life in relation to your current situation.
Work: What type of work or career do you want? What kind of working conditions and location would you prefer?
Family: What type of family life do you want? Would you like to work from a home office? How can you make quality time to spend with your family members?
Money: How much money do you want to make? What is your investment strategy for the short term and for later years?
Time: How do you spend your time? Is your life balanced among work, home, personal, fitness, community, and spiritual activities?
Personal: What hobbies have you been putting off? How would you like to spend your free time?
Relationships: What type of relationship would you like with each of your family members? Significant others and friends? Coworkers?
Health and fitness: How would you like to see yourself in the mirror? What size clothes would you like to be wearing? What goals do you have for your health?
Social and community responsibility: It truly does take a village to raise a child. How can you contribute to your community to make it a better place to live? What can you do for the greater good of the planet?
Spirituality: Where do you gain your inspiration? How would you like others to treat you? What would it take on your part for this to happen?
If you're not doing what you love, it becomes a burden for you to continue working, creating, and producing at your peak level of performance. There is a high likelihood of feeling burned out when you don't enjoy what you do most days. In addition, your self-confidence may decline because you are not performing at your best.
You can always get a job just to make money. But you might as well spend your quality, treasured time doing something you really love to do. You won't even feel as though you're working hard if you follow your passion and create the type of sales career that fits your personality, values, and passions.
How can I reframe a stressful day?When you reach a point in the day that is particularly stressful, take a sixty-second break. Stop what you're doing, breathe deeply several times, and think of something neutral that does not have any stress associated with it. This can be enough to help you stay calm and to continue thinking clearly.
Once you find and follow what you are passionate about in your career, the money will follow. In other words, focus your career on what you really want to do and accomplish, and create goals centered around your values. This does not mean that you have to forget about creating a lucrative career that can give you and your family the standard of living you'd like to achieve. But it does mean that you look at the money-driven goals after you identify your values and the relationships that you want to create and build on in your sales career.