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One Is The Loneliest Number In Business and Life

Posted by Wes Schaeffer | Jan 8, 2014 12:14:25 AM

 

If you have just one source of leads and traffic to your website and/or business, you're in trouble.

If you have just one computer to help you get your work done, you're in trouble.

If you have just one source of information for news, your industry, etc., you're in trouble.

Yet every day, professional sales people, entrepreneurs, business owners and sales managers are slugging it away all on their very lonesome.

Sure, you may ride in a vanpool to work. You may be surrounded by assistants and other executives and other sales people, and say high to the regulars at the gym and the TSA agents all know you by name, but you are alone. Then your negative self-talk / self-doubt / head-trash creeps in...

...Pondering and doubting and dreaming but doubting again.

You have big plans and big checklists but you are distracted by Facebook and email and Twitter and text messages and instant messaging and Skype and bowl games and family drama and office politics and 73 other things that keep you from implementing the steps necessary to achieve your goals.

And the doubt not only creeps in but makes itself at home. And the pull of Facebook and email and happy hour gets even stronger. The accomplishments of each day decrease, yet the busyness and stress and anxiety and loneliness increases. 

How do you overcome that? Here are a few ideas and resources:

  1. Listen to The Sales Podcast interview of Henry Evans, the Hour a Day Entrepreneur, and his advice on having a daily goal sheet, an annual goal and "one number."
  2. Find or start a mastermind / mentoring program. I'm in a virtual program with some colleagues I met back in 2011. I run a local mastermind with a few business owners and I belong to a third I pay for. I also run my own mastermind program called "The Implementors." Check it out and apply if you like how it looks.
  3. Realize you are not alone.
  4. Realize that John Wayne was actually Marion Mitchell Morrison. What that means to you is:
    1. He was a fictional character playing fictional characters but became real by doing so.
    2. He had a lot of support creating his movies so don't believe everything you see.
    3. He became whom he wanted to be both in real life and on the silver screen.
    4. You can, too.

So whom do you want to be? What do you want to do? What do you want to become? With whom do you want to rub elbows?

Get clear on that then make it happen with friends and colleagues that care about your success.

When you’re done reading and watching and pondering this post, please do two things:

1. Leave a comment telling me about what you'd like to see in a coaching / mentoring / mastermind group but haven't found.

2. Do you have a friend that is always under-performing? One that you KNOW has so much more potential but they haven't reached it? Share this post with them.

If you need more help growing your sales, check out the following resources scattered around this site and a few others I operate, such as:

Good Selling,

Topics: Weekly Whisper, Mastermind

Written by Wes Schaeffer

The Reassuringly Expensive, Ruthlessly Pragmatic pig-headed entrepreneur dedicated to discovering proven, transferable, effective tools for creating inbound sales so he can help you automate, integrate, and dominate your niche.

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