How is it that some people get so much farther ahead than others? Some executives complete endless projects while some make projects endless. Some moms and dads get breakfast made, kids clothed, school bags packed, 2 loads of laundry done, kitchen cleaned up, grocery shopping complete and all of the errands run, all before 1:00 when others are just getting started at 1:00.
It would be easy to say, they have more help, they have better genes, magic worker fairies secretly appear
and get stuff done for them. Here’s their real secret. Are you ready? They make To-Do lists. Successful people set goals and put them in writing and the majority of them make daily To-Do lists.
Why create daily To-Do lists?
- To prioritize what you focus your time on.
- To eliminate procrastination.
- To be the driver of your own bus
- To achieve more of your goals.
Knowing this, but not diligent about doing it EVERY day myself I went searching for a To-Do app for my iPad. I read a review from Lifehack and went with their top pick. Instantly I was in love with their pick Any.do. It has everything you could want
- It’s free
- It’s simple
- It’s visual
- It sends you rewards for using the app
- And ….it does this (I don’t even know what to call it, but I love it)
Happiness is an app calling you gorgeous every day. The message changes throughout the day: “Good morning Gorgeous”, “Good day Princess”. A girl could get used to getting spoiled by her app. It just makes me smile and makes me want to use the To-Do list.
Is one of your resolutions to get more stuff done?
If I were to ask 10 people if they wanted to make more money chances are pretty stacked in my favor that I would get 10 out of 10 that respond with a “yes”. If I were to ask on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being minimum wage and 10 being the highest where would you want your earnings to come in. Again, I am certain that I will get a “Level 10” response.
For professionals, their level of income is predetermined by many factors. Experience, education, past earnings, and skill along with the value of the particular position to the organization are a few keys that determine how their income level is set.
Once established, let’s say at a Level 5, it’s very difficult for that employee to get it to move. There may be some type of monthly or quarterly incentives that can help give a short term boost, but nothing level changing. At the end of an entire business year they may be eligible for a merit increase if their company is able to do so, but again, the 2% they receive is not going to get them to the next level. It can take years to move to the next income level.
If you are in sales so you are very different. You are fortunate. You have within you the power to determine your income level. I know that’s a little pie in the sky. You’re not going to keep your job very long if you determine you want to be at Level 1 and if you think you need to be a millionaire to be at Level 10 that just may not be available. You do have control if you are a Level 5 or a Level 6. You can decide to work on your skills, know your product, be a company advocate and network and take yourself to a Level 7 or a Level 8. If you are already a 7 or 8 you can take it to 9 or 10. The best news is that you don’t have to wait for a year end review and hope that your boss determines that you are worthy.
No, you can decide today! You can change your behaviors TODAY! The state of the economy in the outside world does not matter to you if you are in sales. What matters is the state of the economy in your world. You create it. You affect it. You own it. You have control of your own personal economy.
I am going to take it one step further for you and be real specific. Let’s say, for this example that “average” equates to Level 5 since it is right in the middle and I am going to make up a salary for average. Let’s also say, to keep things simple, that every $10,000 in annual income moves you up one level.
Average income $42,000 – Level 5
Now, remember the professional from before who was at level 5. Let’s say his supervisor really, really, really appreciated his work and awarded him with a 5% increase, much higher than average in today’s economy. The professional has now waited an entire year for his income to be impacted and is now earning $44,100. He is still a level 5. In fact, if he is able to maintain this high level of performance and if his company is still able to offer him higher than average increases it will take him 4 years to move to Level 6
This is not for you. You do not have to wait 4 years to get the next level. You can improve your own personal economy today.
Here’s a comparison.
Let’s say your company pays 5% commission. You would have had to sell $840,000 worth of goods or services to be at level 5 and earn $42,000. Your productivity would only need to go from $70,000 to $73,500 monthly to earn the same increase as the professional.
What if you could create a fifth week? What do I mean? What if you increased your productivity so that your sales in 4 weeks rose to what you sell in 5.
Congratulations your personal economy is now Level 6
The best part is there is no ceiling. You can keep going as high as you can and your income keeps going up with it. I haven’t heard of a sales position where you will be told “sorry, you’ve hit the maximum delivered business allowed, we don’t pay after this level”. Keep climbing. You deserve it.
You determine the level.
It’s your personal economy.
It’s up to you!
What are you going to do to change it?
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