What’s the one trait that almost all great technology sales reps exhibit? It’s not people skills, not brains, not presentation ability, it is discipline. Every sales person knows what it takes to make or exceed their quota number, but few have the discipline to do so. There is a famous quote that I like – it goes something like this:
“In order to have the things you want, you must do the things others won’t do.”
When most won’t take the time to plan, make those extra calls, do the extra product or solutions sales training, and take care of their bodies, there are a select few who will make those things a priority in their day. This is often the difference between missing your quota by 20% versus exceeding it by 20%.
So how does a person become more disciplined? Try this: Pick out an area in your career in which you’ve had weak discipline in the past. Set an objective relating to this area – try it for 30 days. During the trial period, keep a journal and each time you fail to meet your objective write down what activity or activities took a higher priority. From this you will realize that failing to meet your objectives, regardless of what they are, is a choice. This is because you chose something else as a higher priority. If you fail, it is because you choose to fail – simple as that.
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