Have you ever been under pressure?
I’m not talking about a little bit of pressure either…
I’m talking about full-blown, all up in your grill, down and dirty pressure.
The kind of pressure where you’ve got to make the sale or they’re going to fire you.
The kind of pressure where your creditors are calling your neighbors trying to repo your car, turn your electricity off in the middle of the day, shut down your cell phone, disconnect your internet and confiscate that lonely, last, expired, dusty can of tomato soup in your cupboard.
Well, have you ever been under that kind of pressure?
Nobody makes it out of life unscathed.
Not everyone will have financial difficulties. Some people struggle with their health. Others have difficulty with relationships. Nobody makes it out unscathed.
If you’ve chosen a sales profession, most likely you’ll eventually find yourself in tight financial straights sooner rather than later. The question is, “Will you be able to sell when you’re under pressure?”
Can you look your prospect in the eye and close that big account when your toilets won’t flush because they turned your water off two days ago?
3 Things To Do When You’re Under Pressure
#1 Recognize that you’re not the only one on the planet who is under pressure.
Believe it or not, many of the same people blowing up you’re phone, trying to collect money you don’t have, have experienced financial difficulties themselves. Even though it feels like you’re the only one going through it… you’re not!
#2 Understand, they can’t get blood out of a turnip.
Unless you’re printing money, you’ll only have so much to go around come pay day. Get on the phone and tell them what you have and let them know where you’re at with your finances.
If you’re only going to have $500 and they want $1,000 – well, that just ain’t gonna happen. Tell them what you can do, when you can do it and call them if your plans will change.
In the end, they’ll appreciate your communication because there’s a good chance they’ve been in your position before (see #1 above).
#3 Find a quiet place to think about your blessings.
Like I said earlier, everyone has their struggles.
If you can breathe without feeling pain in your lungs, count it a blessing. If you can see, count it. If you can read, count it. If you have a good relationship with your spouse, count it.
Think about what’s going right in your life.
Focus your mind on the positive.
Your mind can only focus on one thing at a time. If you occupy the space between your ears with thoughts of blessings, you won’t have time to be down and discouraged. Soon, hope will return and you’ll be able to move forward.
Finally, my last point on how to survive pressure is this: Each day only comes with so much mercy. After your mercy for the day runs out, go to sleep.
The dawn will break again and you’ll have a fresh batch of mercy waiting for you when you wake up.