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  • When the Grass Seems Greener

    Life sometimes feels too stressful and serious. The pressure we put on ourselves, in addition to that of partners, management, and employers, will add considerable stress.

    One good remedy is to call a good friend who understands the situation and can provide sound suggestions. With nearby friends, arrange to meet on occasion for lunch or coffee to have a friendly chat. By the time the conversation is over, you will most likely walk away feeling a whole lot better and possibly have new ideas in mind.

    Speaking of walking, a walk in nature always brings the mind back to a more relaxed state. Exercise at the gym helps, and if you are lucky enough to have a pet, somehow that cat or dog knows just what you need, and then life calms down.

    Another way of solving the dilemma is to consider your favorite activities and hobbies. The best example is that of Mrs. Fields. She loved baking and conceived the idea of making cookies for a living. Her venture proved to be lucrative for her and delicious for the rest of us.

    The grass always appears to be greener for those employed and those who are entrepreneurs. We question, “what were we thinking?” The idea of a salary sounds good until we remember the stress of previous jobs. We may move forward with accepting an offer only to realize it isn’t exactly what we wanted. And consideration of working for oneself sounds great to the employed until realization hits of all the learning that is necessary while attempting to make a living.

    It’s wise to prepare for future events when extra stress may be yours. Who comprises your close circle of friends or confidantes? If you currently do not have a couple of trusted peers to turn to, then it’s time to consider joining a group of keen interest to find like-minded people. Nurturing relationships is the best way to continue on your journey and eliminate the thought of giving up.

    One alternative is to research the communities nearby where you may donate your expertise. One of the best ways to lift your spirit is to help others first. And when you see your work being beneficial, you feel the special reward of appreciation by those you serve.

    Another idea is to take continuing education. You just might stumble onto a brand new interest that takes you in a new direction while your current skill-set may be put to good use.

    To sum this up, those of us willing to take some risk by making a change have the explorer mentality to travel the unknown road ahead.  In some cases, it may be an uphill struggle. But when every effort is made to figure out what will work for each of us best, the results become highly rewarding. Best of all, you will have developed an admired personal brand.

    Sales Tips

    1. Seek out a group of like-minded individuals.

    2. Develop close ties with a few.

    3. Freely exchange ideas with those you trust and admire.

    4. Consider new ideas expressed as possible joint ventures.

    5. Be open to collaborative projects.

    6. Be a reliable partner to lend support when needed.

    7. Offer your expertise to communities in need.

    8. Feel and give appreciation.

    9. Use your experiences to create additional services.

    10. Celebrate Success!

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    Elinor Stutz, CEO of Smooth Sale, delivers inspirational keynotes at conferences and authored three books: The International Best-Selling book, “Nice Girls DO Get the Sale: Relationship Building That Gets Results”, and her second best-selling book, “HIRED!” stems from community service. Stutz' newest book, "The Wish: A 360 Business Development Process to Fuel Sales" provides readers with a comprehensive plan for building a global audience. Kred ranks Stutz as a Top 1% influencer; CEO World Magazine named Stutz as one of “The brightest sales minds to follow on Twitter”. She speaks and consults worldwide.

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