Success In Sales: Attitude vs. Influence
The role of mindset, attitude, and skills, is critical to understanding what separates those who succeed from those who fail in sales. We often see individuals with great potential, the right work ethic, and the correct set of skills, but they struggle to produce results.
When we look closely at their mindset and attitude, they are not positive, confident, or optimistic. This negative mindset can cause someone to fail, even with the proper skills, which is why it’s imperative for salespeople to excel in both.
The Sales Mindset
One of the most important aspects determining a salesperson’s success is their mindset. To be successful in sales, you need a positive and confident mental attitude. When it comes to selling, your mind can prove to be your greatest ally or worst enemy.
Attitude either helps one move forward toward success or prevents them from the achievement of goals. The way someone thinks has a lot to do with communication and the manner in which they relate to others. Subsequently, this affects outlook, energy levels, and drive.
Mindset is constantly being stimulated by what is seen, heard, smelled, tasted, and touched. Behavior is the direct result of mindset, and if you don’t control your thoughts, they will control you.
Furthermore, mindset is what determines whether efforts, skills, and results convert to excellence in sales or mediocre short-term success. Mindset is all about looking at life from a positive perspective and having the skills, attitudes, and work ethic to succeed.
If you are positive, confident, and optimistic about your future success in sales, you will often benefit from high energy levels, good communication skills, and well-developed listening capabilities. Whereas if you tend to be negative, lacking confidence and hope regarding your performance will suffer. You will lack drive, enthusiasm, and will probably fail at building customer rapport.
How To Develop The Right Mindset For Sales Success
There are two basic mindsets that people have with regards to both self-improvement and selling: growth or fixed. Those with a fixed mindset believe that their talents and abilities are essentially static. They do not believe they can significantly change them through effort and learning. Conversely, those with a growth mindset believe that talents and abilities can be cultivated and grown through time, practice, and education.
Consequently, it’s vital to keep your mind open to new opportunities for development.
1. Believe You Can Be Successful In Sales
If you don’t believe that you can achieve success, then why would anyone else believe that they can buy from you? If your mind starts playing tricks on you and begins to tell you that you can’t do it, then start telling yourself that you can do it. Also, put in the time and effort required for success so that when the opportunity comes knocking at your door, you are ready to answer with an affirmative action towards achieving sales success.
2. Keep Learning & Open To New Ideas
Never stop learning new things about sales or new ideas to make yourself better. If you are open to learning anything, there is always the chance that something will help you be more successful in your career.
3. Change The Way You Communicate
Just because it has worked for you up until now doesn’t mean that it’s working now. It’s important to learn how to communicate more effectively with customers. If you are struggling to connect with your customer, try changing the way you communicate with them by adjusting your physical presence, tonality, or words.
4. Change The Way You Think About Selling
If you are having trouble getting your head around certain aspects of sales, then learn what you need to know and change the way you think about it. You can learn new things and change your thinking, but you must want to do it.
5. Change Your Attitude
Your attitude is everything! It determines how you are feeling about yourself, the people around you, and how successful you are going on a day-to-day basis. If your attitude is not doing you any favors, then change your perception of things. If you need to, change the way you talk to yourself about sales and how successful it is going for you.
6. Be Willing To Be Seen As An Expert
There are people out there who think they know everything but really know nothing at all. They live in their own little world of ignorance, which causes them to believe that they are always right. If you want to be seen as an expert in your field, then make sure people get the chance to see how much you know and learn by letting them see your enthusiasm for the product or service you represent.
7. Be Willing To Be Part Of The Sales Process
If you are not willing to do things differently or put more effort into your role as part of the sales process, then you are only hurting yourself. You must be willing to be accountable for your own success and performance; otherwise, you will continue to struggle.
8. Be Prepared To Take Action
If you’re not moving forward in life, then something needs to change. You need to act each day towards achieving success in your work and your personal life. If you don’t make a move, then nothing will ever happen, so be prepared to do something every day to progress forward with your career and improve yourself as a person.
The right attitude and mindset are vital for sales success; the more you work on them, the better your chances of achieving greatness. If you find that something isn’t working for you, be willing to change and try new things.