Give it Some Thought: Choose to Listen

Give it Some Thought: Choose to Listen

It is easy to get angry with those who criticize you. But it is better to listen and to consider what they have to say. If the criticism is completely misdirected and unfounded, then you can simply let it go. Yet often it can be valuable and productive to objectively consider what your critics are thinking.

The worst response to criticism is to become angry, insulted and defensive. For by doing so, you actually give more power and credibility to that criticism.

Instead, listen carefully and appreciatively to what your critics have to say. Even if the criticism is decidedly negative, somewhere there are positive insights that you can gain from it.

Don’t let your ego prevent you from learning something valuable. Being receptive to criticism strengthens your confidence and can improve your competence. Choose to know and understand what others think of you. Instead of getting angry and defensive over the words of others, choose to listen, consider and grow stronger because of them.

Give it Some Thought is a weekly inspirational message created by Ronald M. Turner, CME, former Vice President of Sales & Marketing Executives International. For more information about improving your sales and marketing performance please visit SMEI.

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Give it Some Thought: Capture the Value

Give it Some Thought: Capture the Value

What can you do with this day that will create real and lasting value? There are countless possibilities. You could select something that has been holding you back and work your way permanently beyond it. You could gently, sincerely open your heart and strengthen a relationship with someone you love.

You can offer a helping hand to those around you and make your world a more positive and hopeful place. Or you can take real and determined steps in the direction of your most treasured dream.

There’s a great idea living in your mind that you could begin making into a reality today. There are things that you can learn and things that you can teach.

There is much potential value in this day. When you make good and productive use of its moments, that value will stay with you long after the day has passed.

Right now is your one opportunity to capture, to keep and to expand the incredible value that today offers. Choose to make the most of it.

Give it Some Thought is a weekly inspirational message created by Ronald M. Turner, CME, former Vice President of Sales & Marketing Executives International. For more information about improving your sales and marketing performance please visit SMEI.

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Give it Some Thought: Act Confident to Be Confident

Give it Some Thought: Act Confident to Be Confident

No one is ever assured of success. Every undertaking carries with it some risk. Yet even though there is no assurance of success, some people are confident enough to get started. Some of those are confident enough to keep going in the face of obstacles and disappointments. And some of those are confident enough to persist until the success is actually achieved.

Where does confidence come from? It comes from experience. Being confident comes as a result of acting confident. What would you do today if you were confident of success? Do it. What first step would you take? Take it. How would you sit, how would you walk, how would you greet other people, how would you act if you were confident of success? Act that way and the confidence will come.

Yes, confidence takes a little blind faith at first. Soon enough, however, that confidence becomes real, supported and confirmed by actual experience. Act confident and you’ll begin to be confident. Be confident and you’ll have what it takes to bring your goals into reality.

Give it Some Thought is a weekly inspirational message created by Ronald M. Turner, CME, former Vice President of Sales & Marketing Executives International. For more information about improving your sales and marketing performance please visit SMEI.

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