Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck.” Emerson was a keenly gifted philosopher, but he spoke like a seasoned sales manager: He understood the power of big thoughts.
All of us are surrounded by a swirl of great opportunities, but we’re usually too busy to notice. So we continue to do what we’ve always done, wondering why we get what we’ve always gotten.
If you’re tired of the same old results, try a new approach: Make big plans; dream big dreams; and reach for the opportunities that surround you. In selling, big dreams do come true, but not until you dream them.
From: The Salesman’s Book of Wisdom, by Dr. Criswell Freeman
In my sales career, everything changed when I started asking for bigger orders. At first I was scared that I would frighten away buyers, but, to my amazement, prospects began saying, “Yes!”
Suddenly, I was doubling and even tripling my monthly sales all because I had the courage to ask for more. Life really is a “self-fulfilling” prophesy: you get what you ask for…
Here are some of my favorite quotes to help you get into the mindset of thinking BIG:
“Imagine better than the best you know.” Venice Bloodworth (One of my all-time favorites)
“Think big. Act big. Dream big.” Conrad Hilton
“Do it big or stay in bed.” Larry Kelly
“If you want a quality, act as if you already have it.” William James
“The only thing that stands between a man and what he wants from life is often merely the will to try it and the faith to believe that it is possible.” Rick Devos
“Impossibility is a word only to be found in the dictionary of fools.” Napoleon I
“I have learned to use the word impossible with the greatest caution.” Wernher von Braun
“Don’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.” David Lloyd George
“As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.”Goethe
So this week, step outside of your comfort zone and ask for the bigger deal, the top option, or the highest priced package you offer. Your results may just surprise you…