A Business Plan, a Sales Plan, Which One Do You Have or Both

In the business world, we are told to develop a business plan and a sales plan. One is strategic and one is tactical. Do you have one for your life?

Who you work for

The nonentity you work for mandates we come to work prepared, eager, and willing to learn all there is for the business to be successful. We are introduced to the onboarding process, a series of workshops, seminars, and classes must be attended to. Tests are administered to evaluate our retention of information and the all-seeing eye compliance ensures the interest of the nonentity is served. What about your personal and family interest over and above the benefits, income, and ancillary support services, discounted though they may be, provided by your employer?

Up the Anti

We can do a little research and come up with best in class companies to work for that do indeed provide some level of escalated support over and above the mundane businesses that provide little to no real benefits a fledgling family will need. For an established family in the midst of life’s challenges of highschool/college, incumbent workers going back to school and all that that entails, and least we forget the boiler, roof replacement, car repair or update, etc that needs to be attended to. You get the picture. How does the average family build a family plan and support it with an execution plan, (sales plan) to reach their goals taking into consideration the many obstacles they will face? Oh ya, especially the mental trauma that life’s challenges will cause along the way.

Take the average employee looking to be apart of a system that provides bread and butter for their family. They go to work, apply themselves as much as they can, and seek to fit in.

If you are paying attention to your life and family needs establishing a supportive environment that calls for your active participation is crucial. Let’s take a look at some fundamentals to create, develop, and produce the kind of outcomes that will feed your family’s needs. This approach will support your willingness to persevere and overcome all manner of obstacles life has in store for you.

Steps to consider

1. Mindfulness, paying attention to the distractions around you, primarily the voices in your head. It’s one thing to have a constructive conversation about issues you have to face. Its another to allow these conversations to take you off track. Be mindful of the direction they are taking you in.

2. Have you acquired coping skills that support the mental and physical direction you are going in? We talk about situational leadership and the technical aspects that are required to be successful when working with others. The first point of contact is yourself. Are you being honest with yourself to address the demands you have placed on your need to succeed? What does success mean and look like to you?

3. Research now shows that situational and emotional clues can help us engage more favorable both at work and with our families if we take the time to be on purpose with our intent to speak with and listen to one another. Use silence as your ally.

4. Nonjudgemental awareness or in the world of business emotional quotient. We bring a lot of empirical experience into every conversation and this can cloud the intent and desired outcome of the conversation or task at hand. Bringin our family members up to speed while inclusively using their suggestions is equally a challenge with family members as it is with business colleagues and associates. It is the manner in which we convey our thoughts that builds collaborative partnerships. Being nonjudgmental is an exercise in itself that builds our negotiation skills to be fluent in this capability.

5. And back to some basic and new research as to its benefits, breathing. It has been shown that conscious breathing allows for our emotional midbrain to slow down just enough for metacognition to occur which permits us to realize that we can have some management of our behaviour especially when triggered to act out.

In seeking to build our own family plan of what we want and execution plan (business plan) how we intend to reach our goals, (sales plan) it is important to take inventory of our assets and liabilities that can derail us as we move out on our goals and objectives. By using these identified fundamental aspects about ourselves and they will be different for each of us, we can better create, develop and produce the kind of lives we so desire.

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Ronald M. Allen
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