Why Many People Fail to Achieve Their (Sales) Goals

Once you understand this single thing, you will be able to reach any goal you could ever set for yourself.

Understand That Success And Goal Setting Is Boring (Here Is Why)

That is true. That is what makes most sales people lag behind. Before jumping to any goal setting exercise, you have to understand that goal setting is a dreary thing. It is like you are making life hard for yourself, instead of having fun and doing whatever you want.

It is a life of self-denial. It is repetitions of the same principles and fundamental until you get to an “auto-pilot state”. That “auto-pilot state” is where doing almost anything seems natural to you. The truth is ONLY few salespeople reach that state.

How to Make Goal Achieving an Automatic Thing for Your Mind

Once you get that setting goals and success is boring subject, then the next logic thing is doing whatever you can to make it second nature in your life. Fortunately, there are some principles that you need to follow every single day to make the goal setting habit and a second nature in your life.

Here is what you need to do:

1. Learn to Motivate Yourself

If you are in sales and all you do is wait for your sales manager to give you a pep talk, then you will never get ahead. Successful people are those who motivate themselves every single day.

Now, you are probably asking, “How do I motivate myself?” It is simple. All you need to do is read more books in the subject of sales. At least, read one book a month about the topic of sales and marketing.

Doing this simple thing will give you more confidence and make you be able to think about sales. You will come up with more ideas that can help you improve your sales results improve each single month.

2. Know the 5 Systems in Sales and Improve In Each Area

Maybe you have sales goals, but the main reason why you are failing is that you do not know the 5 systems that go into a successful sales system. If you find yourself failing in sales and marketing, it is because you have not mastered the following key areas:

For you to be successful in selling, all you need is to learn the five key areas and improve on them.

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Now, take a sheet of paper and give yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 how you are good at this critical area. Once you have identified that, go to the bookstore and buy a book that can help you improve in that vital area. Read it, take good notes, and practice it. The best time to read is early in the morning before you leave for work. That will give you more motivation.

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3. Write Your Daily Goals Every Single Morning

You have heard it countless number of times, “You can’t hit a goal that you can’t see.”

You need to put your goals in writing. You must feel it and see it. And writing it down happens to be the best way of getting your goals to stick into your subconscious mind. The other benefit of writing is that it helps you achieve clarity on what you want to focus the most. When doing this process, you will face one setback. The first two days will be easier for you to write down your daily goals. However, the third day you will feel bored. It happens to every person, but you have to keep going.


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4. Make Goal Setting a ‘Habit’ In Your Life

For you to make goal setting a routine in your life, you need 40 days. You need 40 days to make plans and to follow them non-stop. If you keep a goal of getting 50 prospects in a day, you have to force yourself to do whatever the circumstances call to get those prospects. If it is doing 10 presentations a week, it should be that. If you can do that within the next 40 days, couple of things will happen.

  • You will get the confidence and motivation to boost your sales
  • You will be in the ‘auto-pilot’ state where you will have mastered all the sales systems.

Finally, the 40-day challenge can help you bring a new habit or learn new techniques in sales. And if you can maintain it for the long-term, your sales goals will improve. Setting goals and achieving them is difficult and easy. It will be easy if you follow the above four principles. It will be hard if you make it hard for yourself. Goals are important because they act as a forcing system that can get you ahead in life. From today, see goal setting as a bridge to your dreams in life.

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Abe Dearmer

Abe has a vast experience running multiple SaaS companies and is an expert on all things Sales, Marketing and SEO.

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