We all feel the drag of our daily responsibilities at one point or another each year. For me, the burdens all feel heavier in the winter season. The budget seems tighter, the days seem shorter, and my motivation seems at an all-time low. When I get this way my sales plummet, which makes everything seem worse. It’s incredible how much of a difference simple motivation makes in my work performance. Losing that passion and drive is harmful, and getting out of the winter rut takes a lot of work.
To refocus on what’s important and spark my fire a little bit again, I post a quote a week and memorize it, using it to fuel my choices and inspire my decisions. Here are ten of my favorites to help motivate your Mondays for the rest of the year.
#10 “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” -Helen Keller
#9 “You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” -Rabindranath Tagore
#8 “Accept the challenges so you can feel the exhilaration of victory.” -George S. Patton
#7 “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” -Mark Twain
#6 “Either you run the day or the day runs you.” -Jim Rohn
#5 “Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.” -Walter Elliot
#4 “Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot, make it hot by striking.” -William Butler Yeats
#3 “Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now.” -Denis Waitley
#2 “The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.” -Mark Caine
#1 “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” -Thomas Edison
These quotes help us remember to look on the bright side of things, bite the bullet and take the first step, and then keep holding on until the job is done. In preneed insurance sales, sometimes my sales goals seem too lofty or impossible to achieve. I have to remind myself (and in this post, I’m reminding YOU) to persevere through the self-doubt that kills my creativity and dampens my natural abilities and talents. Don’t let yourself feel hopeless about the future because of something that happened in your past! When we’re feeling like we’re dragging our burdens around with us everywhere, we can’t give up or give in.
Sales is one of those careers where you get what you give. Hard work and smart ideas will pay off in the end, but it can be hard to keep that motivation up all year long! I hope you can use these quotes (some of my favorites) to light your fire, because you have infinite capabilities and indescribably potential. You can even quote me on that.