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The Decision Institute – Coach Manny Nowak

Sales and Leadership Development

Not suspects!

Not unqualified leads!

Not everyone!

 

Take a good hard look at your funnel and based on what you define as a “real” prospects – how many do you have in the funnel?

 

Furthermore, based on your buy cycle, where are they in the buy cycle?

 

These seem to be questions that at times are hard to get answers from our sales team. 

 

But they need to be answered and answered correctly to have an effective sales process that works, one that increases sales.  You have to know what is in the funnel.

 

When I was in the computer staffing business, my prospects were defined as local companies that used outside computer professionals on a regular base.  Period.

 

My qualified prospects were defined as those that met that criteria and that I was in contact with on a regular base.

 

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Those prospects fell into the following categories.

  • Still being cultivated.
  • Regular call.
  • Has a need, looking to fill.
  • Closed a deal – got a consultant in.
  • Expanding.

 

Now take a look at your funnel. 

Where are your prospects?

How many do you have that you define as “real” prospects?

What does “real” prospect mean in your organization?

 

Second, ask yourself honestly, where are these prospects in the buying process that you have defined for your organization?

 

In the example above I have defined the following:

1/        Still being cultivated – I am not in yet but working on finding and/or connecting with the right person.  I know they need what I have to offer, but I am still working on my connections.

 

2/        Regular call – I have connected with the right person and am now calling them on a regular base for needs.  They have acknowledged who I am and will talk with me at times.   If a need comes up, I will get an opportunity to fill it.

 

3/        Has a need, looking to fill – I am trying to fill a need for a resource they require.  I am getting an opportunity to present candidates to them for consideration.

 

4/        Closed a deal – I got a consultant in – they have accepted and hired a resource from me.  We are doing business together.

 

5/        Expanding – I have one or more people in the account and am looking to increase that number and fill additional needs as they arise.

 

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You need to define this same information for your organization and the products/services you sell.

 

Your sales team needs to report this information to you on a regular base.  This is the information that you need to track and manage.

 

How many “real” prospects in your funnel and where in the funnel are they? 

 

Always know this information in your sales process.

It is the only way to stay on top of getting more business and growing your organization.  The only way to build that top line.

 

No excuses.

 

 

 

 

How are you doing with measurement and accountability of your sales process?

How are you doing with your sales plan for this year?

How are you doing getting your sales process ready for next year?

How good is your “sales system?”

Do you have a “sales system?”

 

Does your “sales system” help you and your team create great success and build the top line?

 

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How accountable are the sales people for what they said they would do?

 

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The problem is that many people talk about building sales.

Many people wish about how they are going to grow sales.

But how many people really have an effective sales system in place that makes it happen?

 

What is an effective sales system?

Here is a simple definition.

One that fills the funnel and the pipeline, consistently and grows your top line.

 

What is going to make that happen in you organization?

What do you need to do to make it happen?

 

You are the sales leader of your company.

Whether you are a solo entrepreneur or the leader of a small or large sales team – the goal is still to grow your business.

 

As we get to the end of the year it is time to ask yourself, “what am I going to do different next year to achieve the goals I really want?”

 

Now is the time to start to put the pieces in place to make it happen for you.

 

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Put a sales system in place this year and watch what happens to your funnel, to your pipeline and to your closed sales.

Be more Persistent, Consistent and Self-Disciplined.

Be more Persistent, Consistent and Self-Disciplined.

They all go up, up and up.

 

Watch how you and the company grow.

 

Need help?

Call.

It is what we do.

Helping our clients to build effective sales system that generate business.

 

 

Send me an email – let schedule 15 minutes to talk.

 

Coach Manny Nowak

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So what are you doing to get to the gold?

 

There is a story about a young man who had purchased a goldmine.

He was working hard.

He was doing all he could to find gold.

But he finally had to give up and sell his mine.

 

Now, the buyer was a very smart man and he brought in an engineer who told him to move the digging 5 inches to the left.  Within hours the gold was flowing and the man became very rich.

 

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What happened?

 

Often we quit when we are so close to the gold.

We know we can break into the account, but we become weak.

We know this is the big one, but we let others convince us otherwise and we quit.

We just need to make some money, so we move on.

 

But even more important, we often don’t get the help that can get us to the gold.

When we can’t get into the big account, when we start to become weak – we need help.

Perhaps we need someone inside the account.

Perhaps we need a connection to someone who is doing business with him or her?

Perhaps we just need some motivation.

But what we don’t need is to quit.

 

Sales is like mining and if you keep going when you are ready to quit, and you get the right help, you can excel beyond anything you could imagine.

 

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Here are three things to help you on that road to generating more business today.

 

First, if you are going after the big ones, understand what it is going to take. 

Time, money and effort.  Then double or triple your estimate.  If you still feel you want to invest that much, then go for the gold.

It really does take that much.

 

 

Second, we often know this is the big one, but we let others convince us otherwise and we quit.

As JLD says on Entrepreneur on Fire and as I keep saying in this newsletter, you are the sum of the 5 people you spend the most time with.

Further, only the unsuccessful will ever tell you that you can’t.

 

So, get away from people who don’t encourage you to keep going.

 

And third, we just need to make some money, so often we move on.

As entrepreneurs, business owners, and sales people we constantly face this.

We need to eat.

We sure do, but we also need to look at the long-term picture.

What else can we do to make it until we crack this one?

There are always other solutions besides quitting.

 

Go for the gold.

Don’t sell your mine before you bring home the gold.

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Talk and learn form others in business – what they deal with daily.

Find out you are not the only one dealing with those sales issues.

 

It will help you look at the options, cost, time and all those things.

It is full of people who have been there and done that.

 

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Do you stop selling before you even get started?

Do you spend a sizable percentage of time and effort finding leads?

Then, do you put in even more effort to get them to answer the phone or schedule a meeting?

 So much time and energy.

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And all that just to hear –

            I am not interested.

 

            Can you send me some information?

 

            We are already working with someone else.

 

            I don’t have a need.

 

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What are you doing?

Taking orders or selling?

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Good sales people use these responses as ques to keep the conversation going, not as signals it needs to end.

Remember, it is your job to sell.

You do not take orders – you sell.

 

So today, I want to further discuss the four responses leads can give and explore answers you can use to knock them out.

 

Statement:     I am not interested.

 

Answer:          Can you tell me why?

                       

What has been your experience with this product/service in the past?

                       

I know – that’s why I am calling.

                       

Your not – well I bet I can get you interested.

 

Come on now – you can probably think of dozens of more responses to this rejection.

Why don’t you?

Why aren’t all these rebuttals in your bag of tricks?

Is it only because you haven’t taken time to practice and prepare?

 

 

Statement:     Can you send me some information?

 

Answer:          No, but if you are really interested I can drop something off.

 

I can do even better than that.  Are you at your computer?  Let me send you a link to download and then we can walk through the process

 

                        I could but so much stuff gets lost in the email black hole – how about…?

 

Not really, but if you go to our website, I can walk you through the process over the phone, right now.  Our site is CoachManny.com

 

I know how much stuff I use to mail out – it cost me thousands.

I know you can now do it via email – but does anyone ever look at it?

It really is the same problem as before, except now the trashcan is electronic.

 

 

Statement:     We are working with someone else already.

 

Answer:          You are?  What is the best thing they are doing for you?

 

                        What do you like most about them? I am always looking for opportunities to improve.

 

                        Are they doing what they promised?

 

                        Are you excited about working with them?

 

                        Do they still treat you as a prospect?

 

That last question might be a little strange, but the problem with most of us is we treat prospects like gold and won customers like silver.  Continue to treat them like you did before you had their business, and you will be amazed by the results.  Make them that important and they will remain customers for life.

 

 

Statement:     We don’t have a need!

 

Answer:          I understand but neither did 5 of the last 10 people I sold when we started talking.

 

                        Have you seen our new stuff?

 

                        What if I could show you something that might just interest you?

Remember, as Albert E. N. Gray says, “needs are logical while wants and desires are sentimental and emotional.”

 

They might not have a need, but they might just have a want.

 

 

 

Push back against these four rejecting phrases, and watch what happens to your business.

 

I can guarantee that if you commit to questioning and responding to these 4 types of rejection instead of accepting them, you will increase business.

 

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Steve Jobs was a great visionary, innovator and driver.

But above all else, he was the best sales person Apple had.

 

What are you doing to keep your sales team sharp, productive and successful?  No matter what size organization you have, sales is still the key driver of success and should be the number one priority of the CEO.  You cannot grow an organization by cutting costs.

 

Whether it is just you, a team of one, or a team of 10, 100, or anything in between, sales teams have to be led to be great.

They have to be trained and motivated to be effective.

They have to be accountable to be successful.

 

Today I want to look at these 3 points to consider what we can learn to make our sales teams better and increase our top line.

 

 

1/        The sales team has to be led.

Led by you, the CEO.

Yes, your sales leadership team has to do the job you put them there to do, but so do you.

You have to get the message out from the top of the organization.

Companies grow by increasing sales.

Cutting costs does nothing to grow the company.

 

The single most important key in any company is sales growth.

And sales growth doesn’t just happen.

When sales are up, the rest follows suit.

As the CEO, that is the message you must spread.

Send the message out to the sales team – the CEO’s top priority is increasing business.  Don’t just use words, use action.

 

 

2/        The sales team has to be trained and motivated.

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Why do large corporations spend so much time, effort and money training and motivating their sales teams?

Because they know it works.

Because it helps them become better, stronger and more successful.

Because it fires them up.

Even if you are your only sales person, you still need to go to a couple of conferences a year and learn and get fired up.

Hang out and get pumped.

Again, as the CEO, get out there with the sales team sometimes.  Show them how important you believe their efforts and energy are.  Show them you understand what they do and respect it.

A CEO with sales vision, inspiration, and motivation can create unbelievable sales numbers from the team.

 

 

3/        The sales team has to be accountable.

They must be held to the numbers.

As I always preach, sales are a numbers game.

Math is simple.

Either you are doing it or you are not.

The numbers do not lie.

And not just the final numbers, but all those numbers in between.

Making calls.

Prospecting every day.

Doing follow up.

Closing business.

Networking.

 

You must have metrics and use them to hold your sales teams accountable.

You have to make the tough decisions.

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Be more Persistent, Consistent and Self-Disciplined.

Again, as CEO, you live and breathe this every day.

You support it.

There is no doubt at all – the CEO expects the numbers, period.

 

Great sales teams are led by sales driven CEO’s.

Inspired and driven.

 

Want to grow your organization?

 

Then put on the sales hat.

It is a big part of your job.

 

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CRM Helps Your Top Line Grow

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The most important role of CRM:

 

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How to create real success in all you do

 

You can justify it however you like.

You can preach it, teach it, push it.

 

But if your CRM system is not helping you increase sales, then you don’t need it.

 

As a sales leader, you cannot introduce tools to the selling team that do not help them sell.  Saving money is for accounting, not sales.

 

Sales is not accounting.

Sales is not operations.

Sales is selling – getting more business and growing the top line.

 

I have seen too many CRM projects fail because the process did not increase sales but instead increased work and accounting.

 

It created burden without results, like running each day and not being able to add distance or cut time, like cutting input and not losing weight, like exercising and not feeling any better.

 

So what does CRM need to do to help your sales team grow that top line?  Here are 10 things to consider, at with a final 11th at the end.

 

 

 

 

1/        Cut down on a sales persons’ administrative tasks.  All reports can be auto generated.

 

2/        The sales rep is better organized and uses their time on the highest priority items.

 

3/        CRM should make the rep accountable and help improve the sales reporting process.

 

4/        As a sales person, CRM reminds me what I said I was going to do and when I said I was going to do it.

 

5/        CRM can help segment opportunities and prioritize them so I work what I am supposed to work.

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6/        Make sure follow up is conducted when it is supposed to.

 

7/        The CRM system must be easy to learn and use.

 

8/        The system must work on all platforms 24/7/365.

 

9/        The system must also act as a repository for everything related to the client. 

 

10/     CRM systems should also have automatic campaigns where I can insert my prospects and suspects and send them stuff without any additional input from me.

 

One final one, number 11.

CRM must be required.

No exceptions.

No slides.

Either you do it the way we built it, or you are out.

 

 

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Finding good sales people is very difficult today.

Ask almost any sales leader out there, and they will tell you it is one of their biggest problems in moving sales forward within their organization.

They cannot find good sales people.

 

However, is that the real problem?

 

You now have tests that can tell you if a person can sell.

You check the history of the candidate and find they have sold.

You check with other people, and they give them thumbs up on selling skills.

 

Still, the new rep does not work out.

Their results are nowhere near your expectations.

 

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Perhaps the problem is not there are no good sales people, but instead that:

 

1/        You have no consistently updated system defined for selling your products and services.

2/        You do not have sales people who can follow a system.

3/        You do not have sales leaders who can make sure it gets done.

 

 

What if you had a standard sales process for your company?

This is how we sell, step by step.

This is what we do and when.

This is how you handle this.

 

Defining what the sales person must do based on a history of what has worked; a consistently updated history.

 

 

A system that defines this is how we sell our product/service.

This is how we manage our sales process.

 

A detailed system that gives the sales person answers to:

their questions,

the prospect’s questions,

questions about the competition.

 

A detailed database that gives them a step by step of how to sell the product.

 

A system with a history of what has happened – both good and bad.

 

A system that learns from each sale and teaches it to the team.

 

Not an outdated sales manual, but a database which your reps add to and update every month, as a team.

 

Making it better and better.

Taking the lessons they learn and making them part of the process.

Making it easier and easier to get the results you want and so much more.

 

If you had a standard sales process, then you could take a good sales person who can learn to follow the process.

 

Who stops trying to do it their way.

Who stops thinking they know so much better.

Instead, they take what has been learned and apply it seamlessly.

They follow the system.

When they learn something new, it gets added to the system, and everyone now knows it.

 

Then, sales leaders could:

Teach them the process.

And they would generate sales.

Meeting and exceeding the expectations.

 

Kind of follows the Tony Dungy process of coaching NFL football.

Building habits that become second nature.

Consistency, persistence and knowing what to watch for and what to do.

 

It might be hard to learn, but once learned, it is totally effective.

 

As a CEO, business owner or sales leader:

 

1/        Do you have a system that keeps learning and teaching the sales team?

 

2/        Do you have sales people who can follow a system?

 

3/        Do you have sales leaders who can make sure it gets done right?

 

Are you ready to learn more about how to make this happen in your organization?

 

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Increasing Sales – Dominating Your Market

 

People say, “You can’t get rich saving money.”

 

I say, “You cannot build your business through saving money – you have to build it by increasing sales.”

 

To build a successful business you have to increase sales every year.

 

To build a great business you have to generate a greater amount of business every year.

 

So what are you doing to make it happen for you and your business?

 

Here are 3 simple ways to make a dramatic difference in your business:

 

  1. Focus on what you do well.

  • Find the things you do better than anyone else and then do more of them.
  • Find the things you sell well, the products you have that are so much better when you add your sales team to them.
  • Stop trying to perform services that you don’t excel at.
  • Become unique and dominate the market.

 

A company was in the business of making appointments for people, writing articles, consulting, making calls and building content.  Then one day the CEO said, “Stop! What do we do better than anyone else? We excel at appointment setting. We do it so well that we are going to dump everything else and focus entirely on that. Yes, it will take some revenue away in the short term, but we will make it up.”

 

Today, they are one of the fastest growing companies out there – setting appointments.

 

 

2.         Set goals for your sales and exceed them. Then, take it further:

  • Set them higher than you think and then blow them away.
  • You know what it takes –now all you have to do is execute the plan.

 

Goals are meant to be broken.  They are the steps before the pinnacle, not the pinnacle itself.

 

Take for example, Jim. Jim was really having a problem generating sales.  He had his goals, but usually he did not achieve them.  The company was OK with this because most people in the company never made their sales goals. 

 

            Then a new sales director came in and on day one he set a new platform:

Quarter 1, you don’t reach your goals, we cut your commission 25% of each sale.

            Quarter 2, you don’t reach your goals, we cut you commission another 25%.

Month 3, you don’t reach your goals, we cut you.

 

An amazing thing happened – once challenged to step up, Jim exceeded his goals every month. 

 

If you are not setting and exceeding sales goals, start today.

 

 

3.         Work harder than anyone else.

  • Stop hesitating and holding yourself back.
  • Let people know who you are – get out there physically, on the phone and on electronic media.
  • Let people know you are there – show up and be there.
  • Let people know what you have and why it is better than anyone else’s.

 

            “The early bird catches the worm.”

 

I was telling my 10 year-old granddaughter this old saying the other day and she had never heard it and asked me what it meant. So I explained it to her this simply way: The early bird is the first on the scene, the one who gets out there before anyone else.  While everyone else is waking up and thinking about stuff, the early bird has already gotten the worm and is moving on to the next thing.

 

            Amazing. Stop thinking too much and start taking action.

 

So there you have 3 ways to improve your sales. 

 

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Now go and focus on what you are best at.

Set high goals and exceed them.

And work harder than anyone else.

 

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How long will you stick with it?

How long will you put up with all the work, struggle and pain?

How long will you persist?

 

A great question that so many successful business owners must handle.

How long do you keep going?

 

If you are still going, then you have persistence, and you will prevail.

 

So many never make it in business for this simple fact.

You see, it is so much easier to quit.

It is so much easier just to stop and get a job.

It is so much easier to find something else to do.

 

However, the real entrepreneur is still going, as they know success will come.

They know that if you persist, you will prevail.

 

James Watts spent twenty years perfecting the steam engine.

 

William Harvey worked for eight years to demonstrate how blood circulated in the human body and another 25 years trying to convince different medical establishments.

 

Have we become weak?

Where is this persistence?

 

This is the great difference between those that make it and those that don’t.

Those that make it simply refuse to settle for less.

They will not take the line of least persistence – for them, it only leads to failure.

 

So point one for today – change your mind to a mindset that will accept nothing less than success. 

 

We often look at the great success in the world and do not understand all they went through to get there.

R. H Macy, the founder of the Macy Department Stores, failed at five different professions before his success – whaler, retail, gold miner, stock broker and real estate broker.

 

Point number two is simple, if you really want it, then you have to adopt the simple words, “Nothing shall hold me back.”  If you do, nothing will hold you back, and you will in turn prevail.

 

I talk a great deal about vision and those that know me know I believe without it, you will never get there.  However, just dreaming is not enough.  Purpose and persistence make it happen; they separate those who achieve from those who merely dream.

 

The third point is you need that dream, you need that vision, you need to know what you want.  Then make it part of you; your purpose and your persistence will take you there. 

 

You can get along without many other qualities, but not without persistence.

 

 

As the great success coach Napoleon Hill said:  “No man is ever whipped until he quits – in his own mind.”

 

“I had learned, from years of experience with men, that when a man really desires a thing so deeply that he is willing to stake his entire future on a single turn of the wheel in order to get it, he is sure to win.”

Thomas Edison

 

Remember as we always say, failure is the road to take us there.  Failure creates success.  Are you ready to persist, or are you just going to give up?

 

How long will you stick with it?

How long will you put up with all the work, struggle and pain?

How long will you persist?

 

A great question that so many successful business owners must handle.

How long do you keep going?

 

If you are still going, then you have persistence, and you will prevail.

 

So many never make it in business for this simple fact.

You see, it is so much easier to quit.

It is so much easier just to stop and get a job.

It is so much easier to find something else to do.

 

However, the real entrepreneur is still going, as they know success will come.

They know that if you persist, you will prevail.

 

James Watts spent twenty years perfecting the steam engine.

 

William Harvey worked for eight years to demonstrate how blood circulated in the human body and another 25 years trying to convince different medical establishments.

 

Have we become weak?

Where is this persistence?

 

This is the great difference between those that make it and those that don’t.

Those that make it simply refuse to settle for less.

They will not take the line of least persistence – for them, it only leads to failure.

 

So point one for today – change your mind to a mindset that will accept nothing less than success. 

 

We often look at the great success in the world and do not understand all they went through to get there.

R. H Macy, the founder of the Macy Department Stores, failed at five different professions before his success – whaler, retail, gold miner, stock broker and real estate broker.

 

Point number two is simple, if you really want it, then you have to adopt the simple words, “Nothing shall hold me back.”  If you do, nothing will hold you back, and you will in turn prevail.

 

I talk a great deal about vision and those that know me know I believe without it, you will never get there.  However, just dreaming is not enough.  Purpose and persistence make it happen; they separate those who achieve from those who merely dream.

 

The third point is you need that dream, you need that vision, you need to know what you want.  Then make it part of you; your purpose and your persistence will take you there. 

 

You can get along without many other qualities, but not without persistence.

 

 

As the great success coach Napoleon Hill said:  “No man is ever whipped until he quits – in his own mind.”

 

“I had learned, from years of experience with men, that when a man really desires a thing so deeply that he is willing to stake his entire future on a single turn of the wheel in order to get it, he is sure to win.”

Thomas Edison

 

Remember as we always say, failure is the road to take us there.  Failure creates success.  Are you ready to persist, or are you just going to give up?

 

If you persist, you will prevail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How about a 54 year old  guy looking to spend 3-5 years in
seminary so he can become a minister.  Or a 70 year old gentleman
who has decided to go to law school for 3 years.  What about the
51 year old mother who is going to start college, as a freshman
with her youngest daughter.

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These are thee simple examples of people who are not willing
to settling for less?  They have a vision, they can clearly
see it, and they are going for it.  This is America, land of
opportunity.  

Take a moment and remember the World War II veterans , many of
them considered old by todays standards who had to start at square
one.  How about all the immigrants in the first half of the 20th
century.  Some as old as 35, 40, 45 and 50 plus who had to start
all over again – and did it.  They did not settle for less.

How about you stop with all the silly little things that divert
your success and think about the people in the examples above.  
People who will not settle for less.  Who will not accept it, who
will not stop because they know they can do better.

We are way to quick to settle for less.  Specially once we hit 30.  
Some of us last till 40, but once 50, change – forget it.  Even worst,
the trouble today is that once you hit 25 you stop – you settle and
life goes on.  We seem to drain the vision out of our young.

So we now come to you – what are you doing.  Are you going for
all you can be, doing all you can do.  Are you settling for less
in all your life.  Are you just going through the motions.

Leadership begins with vision.  Vision is that ability to see, feel
and want something more than what you have.  Where is your vision.  
If I ask you what your vision was, could you tell me?

Sad thing is most people cannot.  I love to ask this question early
in the coaching process.  This is the key to great success, it is
what can take you anywhere.  I do not remember who said it, but he
simply said, “if you can see it, you can do it, now go for it”.

How can you expect others to follow you if you do not know where
it is you are going?  I will not follow a leader who does not have a
vision.

    
Remember what Joyce Meyer says in her book “I Dare You”, “Nothing
energizes us like having a clear vision of what we are suppose to
be doing”.

I encourage you this week to begin your journey down that road.  
Stop and think about what it is that you really want.  Stop and
think about the skills and abilities that God has given you.  
Throw aside the roadblocks and discouragement of others and start
to build the vision that will take you there.  

Here are the five simple steps you can take to make it happen:

1.    Take some time to think about what it is that you really
       want.  Take some time alone.  Take some time in a place
       you love to be.  Take some time, take some time, take
       some time.

2.    Take some time to write it down.  Then take it and hang it up
       all over the place.  Keep it write there in front of you.  
       Share it with others.

3.    Build the plan to make it happen.  It is great to have a
       vision, but now you need a plan.  A written plan of how you
       are going to make it happen.  If you have a real vision, you
       will have no problem in building the plan, you will be energized.  

4.    Take the action to make it happen.  If you have a real
       vision, if you really want it, then start doing what you
       need to make it happen.  Stop thinking about it and start doing it.

5.    Keep it as the focus of all you do at all times.  If you want
       it to happen, then you have to make it the focus of all you do.  
       Share it with everyone, let everyone know what you are
       going to do and then start doing it.  The greatest people with
       the greatest success have taken abuse from many on the road
       to success.  Most people do not have a vision and so what do
       they know about yours.  Don’t get discouraged, keep on going,
       let it drive you forward.

Vision is the driving force you need to make it happen.  Vision is the
driving force you need to lead your team.  Vision is what will drive
you when you want to quit, stop or give up.  As long as you can keep that
vision as the focus in your mind, as long as the vision is real, as long as it is
really what you want.  You will be able to do it.

As the leader of your team, if you share that vision with the team,
if you get their buy in into it, if you show them your commitment –
they will follow you and together nothing can stop you.

Stop settling for less than you can be.  Go for it.