The economy and my personal state of the union

March 2, 2009
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Last week’s article listed answers about what I am personally doing in response to the economy and my economy. In a word: plenty. In two words: right now. I’m not “waiting to see what happens.” I’m making things happen, assessing the situation as it unfolds, looking for opportunities and taking action.

What are you doing about your economy?

Last week I went into detail about money, finances, employees, benefits, my customers, our sales, the media and my salary. If you missed it, you can see it at gitomer.com.

Here’s the rest of the list of what I have done to date, and what I’m doing now:

I studied my assets. I looked at what intellectual property and courseware I have that others will need for the next 12 months. We have information that others would consider valuable and proactively seek. Others are willing to pay for my information, my content and my answers. In these times, it’s not about what you have to sell; it’s about what others want and are willing to buy.

I am building my list of e-mail addresses. My e-mail list has grown from 21,000 to nearly 400,000. I am shooting for a million. The more people I can reach with helpful information, especially in these times, the more I will grow and prosper.

I am intensifying, honing and improving my weekly ezine. “Sales Caffeine” has been alive for more than seven years. It’s a weekly jolt of helpful information to hundreds of thousands of salespeople, sales leaders, business executives and business owners. It will stay free and it will stay valuable.

I promote more than ever. People call it marketing. I believe that’s a word of the past. I’m an online value provider. My Web site, my online training, my YouTube channel and my podcasts on iTunes keep me at the top of Google.

I continue to social network until I figure it out. I have made around 3,000 friends, fans and connections on Facebook and LinkedIn. There must be something to it, and I will find out what it is and take advantage of it.

I stay one notch ahead of the curve. That’s the nice way of saying I give my customers what they need the most. I am continuing to invest in my Web and online presence.

I strive to be one notch better than everyone else that does what I do. That’s the nice way of saying I leave my competitors in the dirt.

I continue to concentrate on (and write about) why customers buy. I stay on the customer side of the relationship (their buying motives) — not the “me-me” side (my selling skills).

I concentrate on service as much as sales. We have always been a service-based company and are now taking it up a notch with speed and availability of people and product.

I communicate with my family members (employees) more than ever. They’re somewhere between anxious and nervous, and they want to know the truth.

I am intensifying my own work: more reading, more observing, more ideas, more writing — more of everything

I’m reading more — reading and planning to read “bigger picture” books that make me think. “The Long Tail,” “Blue Ocean Strategy,” “Tipping Point” and “What Would Google Do?” are high on my list. I’m also reading more kids books. They offer great lessons and simplistic answers.

I’m doing more short-term planning: establishing short-term safety and taking actions for today to ensure stability tomorrow; studying both numbers and trends.

I expect everyone to work as hard as I do. No explanation needed.

I am re-dedicating myself to personal excellence and self-discipline. I get up earlier; stay up later.

I’m focusing on personal health and energy. I’m not worrying at all. I have no stress. I’m converting that energy to doing positive things for myself. I’m converting my energy to thinking and doing, rather than fretting.

I’m staying real. I’m looking for reasonable answers and communicating them to my readers and customers.

I’m taking more time to laugh. I watch one episode of “Family Guy” a day. It’s funny as hell, and I want to maintain a work-laugh balance.

I play with my grandchildren. They are a source of reality and positive anticipation.

Whenever possible, I take an extra day for myself to relax, think and write. The more I unwind, the more I write, the more clear things become, and the more ready I am to take action. I’m taking more walks and creating more think time.

Advice: Look for opportunity, not news.

Advice: Pay more attention to YOUR world than you do to THE world.

Advice: Read positive. Talk positive. Be positive.

Advice: Guard your time: fewer diversions; not managed time, but rather invested time.

Advice: Direct your activity to focus on issues of today. Be concise.

Advice: You will not win by waiting. You will win by doing.

Advice: Take action. Give direction.

All of my studies, all of my experiences and all of my wisdom have brought me to this point, and now is the time to use ALL my skills. Same with you.

I am receptive to new ideas; I am flexible in my plans; I am ready to respond; I am ready to adapt; I am open. I am taking action based on what I know to be true — not out of fear: out of a desire to achieve, thrive and lead the field.

I am not a victim: I am an opportunist and an optimist.

Free Git-Bit: If you want part one and part two of this piece, go to www.gitomer.com, register if you’re a first-time visitor, and enter the word PERSONAL in the GitBit box. Jeffrey Gitomer can be reached at (704) 333-1112 or e-mail salesman@gitomer.com.

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