It’s 6:30 am and your alarm clock is blaring that awful beep that seems to reverberate through your skull and give you an instant headache. It’s time to get ready for work. And you are NOT happy about it. You worked a long day yesterday, and the day before, and it looks like your weekend is once again going to be spent (you guessed it) at work. You aren’t the only one feeling the strain of this grueling pace – everyone at work seems to be in a slump. Negativity is hovering like a cloud over each and every desk – it seems like all anyone can do is grumble about their jobs as they half-heartedly plod away at the ever-expanding pile of work on their desk.
The US Bureau of Labor found that US companies lose $3 billion a year because of negative attitudes and behaviors in the workplace. $3 BILLION! That’s a lot of missed sales commission. Now, there are all sorts of resources out there for handling negativity for managers, but what is out there for us salespeople? Not only are we dealing with Debbie Downers in our own work places, but we put ourselves up for rejection from multiple other workplaces daily. Here are a few simple steps that I have taken to try to rev up my positivity and try to keep it alive in others.
Check Your Own Attitude
All salespeople all have down days. It’s just the nature of our jobs! The important thing is that you don’t let it slow you down or infect those around you. When I feel like just quitting life I have a few go-to coping methods:
Negativity in Coworkers
Negativity in Clients
Above all, you can really only control yourself in these situations. Keep yourself positive and avoid situations that will make you feel otherwise!
If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.
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