Everyone you meet is in progress. We are all fighting a battle of some kind. What warrior would not constantly train for greater success? Spiffing up is not only a matter of personal growth—it is a matter of course, a matter of principle, a matter of gaining ground with others. A rolling stone gathers no moss. Time to train. Here are a few ideas to consider.
What goes in comes right back out, so fill up with good stuff. Trashy novels and pulp fiction might have their place, but greatness stems from fine seeds planted with care. There are no truly successful people in this world who do not read…a lot. Integrity by Dr. Henry Cloud tops the list of books that breed new thoughts and cultivate great habits—go here first and you will not regret it. Then check out this list of the best 100 business books of all time for ideas, and get yourself to the library! Not a reader? There’s audible.com for that. Listen and receive the wisdom of the ages wherever you are. You will change from the inside out.
Work Out. And Go Shopping.
Nothing speaks more immediately or deeply than appearance. It’s true. Babies respond more to a beautiful face than a homely one, and that tendency carries right on into adulthood. Your appearance matters. If you want to establish an open door between you and people, you must present your best version. Not only does working out regularly improve your appearance, it provides an outlet for stress, which people can sense…and shy away from. Consistent exercise builds character too—establishing discipline like nothing else can. Do it for yourself…and all the people in your life. Oh, and when you go shopping, take a teenager with you. They’ll always tell you the truth.
Hospitality isn’t just for grandma’s house. Practicing courtesy—always saying please and thank you, returning calls or emails promptly, saying excuse me, listening to understand—these actions are a decision of the will, and are absolute necessities when it comes to interpersonal relationships of any kind. They are not optional. If you want to win friends and influence people, improve your manners. Truly care if others feel comfortable around you. Open your mind to be willing to do whatever it takes to make them glad you are present…especially if that requires you to change your attitude to accommodate their need. Be authentic and whatever you do, don’t use people for your own selfish gain. That’s not nice.
At ATC, we know that the marketplace is full of competition, and we want to help you and your team beat them all out, but it all starts with you. To rise to the top, work, and work hard. Selling anything in the world begins first with selling yourself, so improve your number one product! You are worth more than gold. Dare to put yourself through the refining fire and see what comes out.