We are Marketers and Business owners. We are warriors of the road. We are positive and motivated individuals. Nothing can stop us. Invincible, we are always pushing forward in our never-ending quest for more referrals, business, revenue. We never have a bad day right?
We are human! Of course we have bad days. I have had days that were so bad, I thought about throwing in the towel. I swear this is what wine was invented for. That’s great at the end of the day. But what do you do when its 1130AM and the end of the day is HOURS from now?
This very question I have asked my networking group annually at team building discussions and we have come up with some great ideas that I will share with you now:
- Blast Your Favorite Song – We all have a power song (and if you don’t you need to find one). Well when I’m having a bad day, I’ll blast one of my power songs or a series of songs that just pump me up to take on the world, and get my mind in check.
- Take 5 (or 25) – Go to DD, grab a cup of coffee or a soda and just take a chill.
- Call Someone – You can make a personal call to a loved one or significant other. Vent it off to them. If they can’t talk at work, vent UP! Meaning, call your manager, boss, supervisor give them a disclaimer “I just need to vent” and fire away. Any GOOD manager understands frustrations and they want to hear you vent from time to time. It’s healthy and they can relate. Who knows they may be able to help you get back on track by saying the right thing.
- Go Somewhere That Loves You – This is the best answer I’ve ever heard. Marketing can get so frustrating, so when you’re down on your luck, go to a sales account that LOVES YOU! They will let you vent, tell you how much they value you, and maybe even have a referral for you. This will build you back up and you can get through the rest of your day.
These tips have helped me and countless others who learned and shared at our meetings over the years. So use them if you find yourself in a jam with hours left in the day.
Share some things you’ve done over the years that have helped you.
God bless and have fun out there folks…
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Steve, GREAT topic! I have a bit of a different twist to it. The way I stay positive in negative circumstances? No matter what the negative circumstance, I am obsessed with finding something positive out of it. I have yet to find that something negative can’t be turned around into something productive. I “force” myself to think that way.
Here’s a recent example…Paloma received a new referral from a physician we very much want to do more business with. This was his first referral to us. I later found out that the reason he sent it to us is that he had tried TEN other agencies here in Dallas who refused to take the payer. This payer is notorious for low balling their payment. Most agencies here will not take that plan for that reason. It just so happens that we are NOT in network with the patient’s plan. But, after the physician’s nurse explained the circumstances, I got on the phone and secured a “waiver” in order to provide in network services. Did we want to accept this low reimbursement that we know is coming? No, but the physician asked for our help and that’s exactly what we gave him. In less than 24 hours, the waiver was approved and we took a referral that nobody else would touch.
The negative in that story was the initial reaction to it. My first thought is that they didn’t pick us first and that they were throwing a junk referral because no one else would take it. But 10 seconds later I realized that it didn’t matter. The positive is that we worked our butts office to help both the physician and the patient. We now had the reputation in the office that they have a solid HHA to refer to going forward and there is NO NEED to call 10 others when we can just call Paloma. That “junk” referral was turned into “our foot in the door”. Guess who was at their office the next morning with bagels and coffee for the staff? Yep, our marketer.
So, this is not quite addressing “having a bad day”, but I do think it relevant to this discussion. If you are having a bad day, challenge yourself to make something positive out a negative.
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Thanks so much for the feedback. I always do what I can for everyone cause we all have bad days and stuff happens ya know? This was one of my favorite questions to ask my networking groups over the last 5 years and the answers I shared are among the best.
Stay motivated, stay positive, the results are right around the corner…
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