Have you ever felt internally pooled in two different directions? One part of you wants this, another part of you wants that and it seems impossible to bridge these two parts. For some people it often shows up as a struggle between a desire of success and a fear of failure. For others it can be an inner conflict between a need of earning money and a yearning for contribution, integrity or meaning.
The root of these struggles is in conflicting values. They contradict each other on some level. Sometimes it’s easy to spot it, sometimes you need to dig into your mental maps to realize where there is a conflict.
In October 2013 I joined a local tech startup to assist them with sales. Even though I’ve been hustling for my own business for about two years, it was still a completely new experience for me as I never worked in a sales position before. But I was eager to get sales experience. So when this opportunity came up, I quickly jumped into it.
It’s been only four months so far and it’s a part-time gig but I’ve learned quite a bit. Well, I was pretty lucky to lay my hands on an excellent sales course that this startup produced with Howard Olson as well as be mentored by CEO who has years of sales experience under his belt.
Traditional approach to business and career kills your ability to stand out and build upon your uniqueness. Count four years in a business school, then a couple of years working in a corporate setting and a thought of expressing yourself in front of other people will feel spookier than hell. The problem is that we are taught to put away our feelings and advised to fit in rather than stand out.
But without self-expression, courage to stand out and genuine emotions you can’t deliver a memorable and powerful speech. Without it, you can’t make a strong impact on people’s lives.
It’s recommended to set an intention before every new activity and project.
January usually feels like a new cycle or a new chapter. People make their New Year resolutions. I set my attitude intention based on my business goals for the year.
For me it became a tradition to set an intention for the year at the beginning of every year. I always take time to contemplate what attitude is the most important for my current business goals. Knowing the power of the right state of mind, I identify a critical attitude to cultivate and then approach every aspect of my business with an intention to act according to it.
Every time I’m amazed how effective this practice is.
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