Ways to Motivate Yourself in Sales

A good sales manager will do her best to keep her team pumped up and selling happily, but even the best sales manager can't be psyching you up every hour of every day. Top-tier salespeople take responsibility for their own lives, and know how to keep selling even when everything seems to be going wrong. You too can motivate yourself with the following tricks.

Set Specific Goals

Yes, you almost certainly have quotas handed down from upper management. But are you really going to let someone else decide what you're capable of? Look at your own past performance, think about how much money you want to take home in your next commission check, and set yourself a specific goal that's customized to YOU.

Track Activities

Your sales totals may be dismal this week, but if you can look back and remind yourself that you made 300 cold calls, you'll feel better about the fact that you are indeed putting in the effort and will soon be rewarded by success. Of course, if you look back at your records and discover that you made five cold calls all week, that will give you an inkling of why you're not succeeding and how to fix it.

Choose Mini-Goals

Deciding that you'll aim for 500 sales this quarter is good. But it doesn't give you a lot to aim for in the short term. You should also set smaller and more quickly achievable goals, so that you can get that thrill of accomplishment as you work your way towards your ultimate goal. This could be as simple as dividing your main goal into smaller components – say, aiming for 40 sales a week so that you can be sure to hit your eventual target. You can also set activity-related goals, like sending out 20 thank-you notes every Thursday.

Promise Yourself a Reward

Decide in advance how you'll reward yourself when you hit one of your mini – or major – goals. Dinner at that fancy restaurant you love? An afternoon on the golf course? A trip to the ballpark with your whole family? A quiet drive out to the beach all by yourself? Pick something that you really want or know you'll enjoy, and reaching your goals will be all the sweeter.

Don't Procrastinate

Putting off the unpleasant parts of your job will only make them worse. If there's a task you're really dreading, get it done first thing in the morning. Not only will you feel much better once it's done, but you also won't have it hanging over your head all day. Plus, once you've polished off a difficult job everything else will seem easier by comparison. Just say to yourself, “If I could get through telling Mr. Jones that the parts he desperately needs were lost in transit, then these cold calls will be a piece of cake.”

Remember Your Triumphs

Whenever you do something remarkable, be it closing five sales in one day or talking your competitor's biggest customer into buying from you instead, write down a summary of your success and stick it up on the wall or the side of your computer monitor. When you're feeling down, look over the list of your past successes and remind yourself that the next big success is just around the corner.

Break Big Jobs into Small Pieces

Sitting down with a brand-new lead list that's 50 pages long can be pretty daunting. So instead of thinking, “I have to call 600 strangers now,” approach the job in pieces. Maybe you do some quick research on the first ten names, then call them, and then switch to an unrelated task for a few minutes. By changing tasks on a regular basis throughout the day, you'll stay fresh and will have a lot more energy to apply to each one.

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