Your Brand is only as Good as Your Weakest Link…Guess Who?

Look in the mirror and ask yourself -“Can I perform my duties to the best of my abilities today? Or is this going to be one of those rare days that I am just going to go through the motions?” Answer honestly, because that will set the tone for your day as well as set your mind-set (good or bad).

If you genuinely believe that you will be successful today, then you will feel a little glow of positive energy which should carry you through the day because you BELIEVE in yourself and what you have to offer. Should you not truly believe that this will be a good day (due to various problems, home-life, outside distractions, etc.) then that too will be reflected in your aura, and the people you interact with will feel it, and know that you are not “walking the walk” of the image that you are trying to portray. You have to be truthful 100% of the time with yourself and not fall into the rut of the “false facade”

A false facade is an image you project when your mind is pre-occupied with anything other than the task at hand, and you are distracted to the point that your mind and body are out of sync and neither one wishes to take control of the situation. Another way of looking at this is the phrase “phoning in”. People know instinctually that you are not being real, or authentic, and you are just skating by on past glory (even if it is only yesterday) and know your production will be hampered by distraction and you will not be working to your usual 100% potential. Realizing this early will allow you to take the steps (whatever ones you use) necessary to stop a bad activity before it starts. One “phone-in” will lead to another, and the road to bad work-place habits begins. Whether you realize it or not, people look to you daily to help set the tone and the pace, whether you are working solo in a retail/salesman type of organization, or you pound the pavement, keeping as many possible cold-calls and appointments as your day-timer will physically allow. Your team and your clients deserve the best you have to offer; its up to you to follow through and provide for them the service which they have become accustomed to. You set the bar high when you started this adventure, you can’t lower it for a couple of days just because you feel off—consider it a challenge that requires you to rise and meet head on. Others cannot be held responsible for you in the same manner you are responsible for running an excellent environment where success and keeping a positive energy flowing daily.

Don’t accept #2 as this is the position of the unfocused. Strive for #1 in each event you participate in and show why you ARE the leader, not the follower. It’s probably taken a life-time to achieve your current position in things, and it will only take one or two bad transactions to feel the strain on your stellar reputation. YOU steer the ship, and YOU make the choices for yourself to act on.

Make sure what YOU are working towards is what you want, not just the best you think you deserve. YOUR Brand and more importantly YOU deserve better than that.

Class usual, hopefully I have given you “Something to Think About”

©2011 thedanieljsmith

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Comment by Heinz Bartesch on August 8, 2011 at 11:54am
thanks Daniel, great motivational inspiration, you're dead on!
Comment by Daniel J Smith on August 8, 2011 at 4:54pm

Thank you Heinz, for taking the time out of your busy day to both read and comment on this item. I am encouraged that there are others who believe as I do that Good Work sometimes requires Hard Work.


Comment by Heinz Bartesch on August 8, 2011 at 5:44pm
You're most welcome Daniel! Of all the hundreds, maybe thousand+ placements I've made in 30 years, I can safely say that a very small percentage came easy or were 'lucky'. The great majority did indeed involve hard work. As I suspect everyone on this blog knows, we earn and deserve every dime we make!
Comment by Daniel J Smith on August 8, 2011 at 6:10pm
....and sometimes we have to re-evaluate what brought us to "The Dance"
Comment by Mary Hope on August 9, 2011 at 4:36am
Interesting reading on a day when my country is in mourning.. (UK- terrible looting and opportunist crime and the police hardly in control) Being authentic for me means weeping.. weeping for the loss of personal repsonsibility and poor parenting that means youngsters 'go shopping' in this way. How can I go out and 'sell',  feel as if it hardly matters....
Comment by Daniel J Smith on August 9, 2011 at 2:04pm
Sorry to hear about the issues in Britain.  The few involved are from a different time where respect is taken and not earned. This is the opposite of everything I'm sure we learned as we were starting out. There is a right way to solve problems; but creating more problems in the name of 'solution' is not the way.  Hopefully, you and your country will find a way to quell the rabble-rousers and restore some order. We were educated in work ethics at a different time and with different rules; hopefully those days are not completely done. Thank you for the comment and I hope you have a better day than you think you will have. Faith and Peace....Daniel


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