It’s Been Too Long

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Rescue the perishing;
don’t hesitate to step in and help.
If you say, “Hey, that’s none of my business,”
will that get you off the hook?
Someone is watching you closely, you know—
Someone not impressed with weak excuses. Proverbs 24:11-2 The Message

My last blog post was April 28, 2014. Wow, I figured I would take a quick break, a month or so to get focused on my new job, and then back to writing. I did exactly what my blogging mentors (Michael Hyatt, Jon Acuff, Jeff Goins) say not to do. I quit! I thought I was taking a break, and that is just lying to myself. I got busy, and I got lazy, and I quit. (BTW, they are my mentors because I read their blogs and books, I do not personally know those guys.)

One thing I have not done in the last 7 months is quit growing and learning. What I did was quit sharing what I have learned. There are so many great resources and books that will help the sales pro that are not even considered sales books. I will get to that in later blog posts.

The truth is I bought the lie. I put God in a box, didn’t trust that He is control. As a result, I put me in a box too. If I can’t believe that God can do anything, how could I possibly believe that I could do anything. That lack of faith, that doubt, is deadly. Thankfully I did not quit praying. Thankfully God is faithful when we aren’t, and he does answer every prayer (usually not as we expected). He has spoken to me through many good teachers and people. He has blessed me with a wife and children that love me, that think for them selves, and will hold me accountable to my commitments, actions, and failures.

Becca reminded me of something very important. We feel closest to God when we are serving others! She told me that to share with another friend that was struggling, not knowing how profound that was for me.

I have worked 4 trade shows in the last 6 weeks. I have found there are a lot of bad sales people out there. Not bad people, in fact I am blessed that I met these folks and know them now, great people. They just don’t know anything about selling. At least not the truth about selling. I got to spend the “down time” teaching and sharing. (I don’t know it all, and I am still learning. I have been in sales my whole life (I’m 45), and I really started studying my craft only about 7 years ago. I didn’t get serious until about 5 years ago.) I felt so alive sharing the sales truths I have learned with the new sales people I have met. Sharing with others also reminded me that I have been successful, and that I need to remain confident in what I do. The third lesson I have learned is that God is faithful and will be present and guiding us in all that He asks me to do. So, I am choosing to walk in faith, love my neighbor, and do what God has blessed me to do.

You might have noticed that the verse at the top of this post is the exact same as the verse that started the April 28, 2014 post. To me it means more than sharing the gospel. I feel like God is saying “I gave you a gift, use it, share it.” I will have faith and love those around me with the gifts that he gave me to glorify Him. No more letting fear control my decisions. No more scarcity thinking. No more being weak when I should be bold.

Faith, Love, and Sales!