I’m willing to bet we have all been on what seemed to be a very exciting path only to find out mid-way that circumstances changed. The excitement dwindled and you began to second-guess yourself.
Gold in the mountain
In the past, my energy would flatten, causing me to lose momentum and greatly inhibit my entrepreneurial endeavor. Fortunately, I discovered that by adopting a positive mindset and an analytical eye, there is gold to be found in the mountain of challenges.
For example, it is exciting to announce I have a new book on the market to help communities interview better entitled HIRED! However just as it was published, I heard announced that some major bookstores are in deep trouble due to the online stores taking over and digital formats becoming increasingly popular. Change happened.
From all angles
Rather than sit in depression over sales not taking hold as some authors are doing, I analyzed the situation from all angles. I then created a long list of all the new possible ways in which this book and my previous one could be sold in today’s market.
“Commitment to education is essential.” For the past two years I studied social media and became savvy on how to attract opportunity and sales. Excitement was never lost because my new, long list for possibilities and promoting all I do is highly motivating. With an eye on the future, I am anxious to learn which new venue will work the best.
Next to “Honesty is the best policy,” I believe, “Keeping an open mind is the next best policy for entrepreneurs.”
Part two of what I found is collaboration with others in complementary fields who approach business similarly will help some of your best ideas come to light. Once such person shared new video technology and I instantly recognized how powerful it will be when implemented with social media. It also addresses the question of how to make my books, products and services more visible. I am now sharing the unlimited ideas with my network.
Grow your list of possibilities
One of the actions you can take right now is to figure out what is the most important missing link that you will learn today. That link may very well be the missing piece putting you at a deadlock. But when you implement correctly, your newfound information will launch you far ahead of where you currently are.
Rather than focusing on what is no longer working, I encourage you to continually grow your list of possibilities of what may work. Create a mastermind group or discuss ideas with people in complementary fields to let the creative thoughts flow.
Look at the current trends, read the business news, and listen to what others are telling you that they are now implementing. Will any of these new ideas apply to what you are doing?
Once you learn to use your analytical eye for troubled areas, you will automatically learn to adapt them to newer trends. While it’s a small detour, you are still on the path to doing what you enjoy and it all once again becomes a Smooth Sale!
Elinor Stutz is the CEO of Smooth Sale, LLC – a motivational speaker and the author of the International Best-Selling book, “Nice Girls DO Get the Sale: Relationship Building That Gets Results” published by Sourcebooks. Elinor’s new book, “HIRED! How to Use Sales Techniques to Sell Yourself On Interviews” is based upon years of community service teaching job-seekers how to land the job they desire. Elinor provides team sales training, private coaching to grow you business, and is available upon request for consultation.