Things Turn Out Best For The People Who Make The Best Of The Way Things Turn Out
Good Day Pinnacle Performers,
Welcome to May! Hope this post finds you doing extraordinarily well.
We have arrived at the last in the series of John Wooden Maxims:
“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”
Excerpt from Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections on and Off the Court:
“Why is it so much easier to complain about the things we do not have than to make the most of and appreciate the things we do have?”
This quote ties directly into the Maxim as many folks don’t make the most of the way things turns out, instead focusing on and complaining about what is missing and/or wrong with the situation.
This is a lesson I personally lived out in my professional selling efforts. When I started in business management consulting sales, I was assigned a territory that was considered to be “saturated”, having gone through many years with many different sales reps before me calling on what was, by and large, the same prospective client base. At the same time, there were brand new “virgin” territories in other areas of the Eastern U.S. that afforded the sales reps there opportunities to get in front of potential clients for the very first time. In a new territory, it was not uncommon for the salesperson who worked there to receive (from the company’s inside sales effort) twice the number of appointments in any given week.
It would have been quite easy to focus on those negatives; I can’t sell because the territory is saturated, I can’t sell because the prospects I’m seeing have seen us 14 times already, I can’t sell because I’m getting half the appointments, etc.
Instead I chose (with some effective mentoring at the time) to focus on what I did have and could control. If I had less opportunities and the opportunities themselves would potentially be of lower quality, well then I needed to be all that much better with the opportunities I did have or I would surely fail. I’m happy to report that was not the case…
Over my 10 years with the company, I maintained the highest batting average (sales to presentation ratio) and ended my tenure with the highest generated revenue totals in the company’s history.
One thing is certain. You will have challenges. You will have obstacles. In order to succeed you must build a mental bridge and get over them. What John Wooden said is true:
Make a Great Day!