Encouragement for the day · Life Success · Lifelong learning · Uncategorized

Setting Yourself Up for Success

“To be successful, do the opposite of what everyone else is doing.”

                                                             Donald Kelly – The Sales Evangelist

Recently, I made a complete course change with a career. I’ve spent years working jobs that deal with either retail or administrative type jobs. In both of these areas, I have my strengths and weaknesses. However, I was recently presented with an opportunity that would mean a complete change from both, but that would allow me to also use the strengths that I have in each of these areas, as well as learning from my past weaknesses.

My career change is joining the world of Sales. In a nutshell at the age of 45 (almost 46), I am joining a new industry and I’m starting an actual career. For a woman who has spent the last 20 years raising kids and working jobs, it feels very good to start a bonafide career. I will also tell you that I haven’t touched my blog in months and this career change seems like a great jumping off point to get back to my blog. Please follow along on my journey and see for yourself if I have any wisdom to offer you in the realm of setting yourself up for success, no matter what you do!

STEP 1 – When changing your career path seek knowledge at every opportunity. I have a husband who is very successful in the sales industry and he is my number one coach. I find podcasts that pertain to my industry and soak up all that they have to say. An example would be The Sales Evangelist podcast by Donald Kelly. I was amazed by all of the great information that this fellow salesperson has to offer. If you’d like to hear a bit of what he has to say, he can be found at www.thesalesevangelist.com.

STEP 2 – As you continue to seek knowledge, make sure that the company you are working for has a strong training plan in place to help you become successful at what you do. While some may enjoy just being thrown out into the middle of a lake and having to figure out how to get back to shore, other’s would rather have a plan that they can follow. Don’t’ be afraid to reach out to your fellow team members and ask for help if you have any questions. If you are a part of a great team, they will help.

STEP 3 – As my husband’s grandmother used to say “Listen to what everyone has to say and then do what you damn well please!” This is not bad advice at all, in fact, it’s great advice, listen to all of the training and team members advise, then figure out what works best for you.

All of my onboarding is complete and I started today with shadowing a fellow team member at an appointment, and I learned so much just listening. Next week, I will give an update on how I’m doing and offer you some insight into the progress I’m making along this new path.

Have a gloriously blessed day!!!

Kailu McQueen

“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail” Benjamin Franklin


Daily Prompt: Pest

via Daily Prompt: Pest

It is my belief that our thought life can be a real pest. It can either drive us just about crazy running non-stop before bed or during the day or we need to learn to use it to our benefit. Thoughts can either keep us on track with projects or completely derail us, causing major damage along the way. Isn’t it obvious in just the first few sentences how our thoughts can be a pest? My mind runs constantly and that is okay to a degree, then I have to find ways to tame the pest that my thoughts can be.

One resource I use is an app on my iPhone and iPad called Cozi Family Organizer which can be found at www.cozi.com. This phone application has turned out to be a great resource for both my husband and me. While its purpose is a family resource, our children are adults now so we use this application between the two of us and it works out great. When either of us adds things to the calendar, we both can see it and there is also a shared shopping list and to-do list. Why do I mention this in this post, let me give you an example: I’m getting ready to run errands for the day, or open up my web browser and contemplate my next blog post and I remember that I need something from the store – (enter the “pest” that are my thoughts) – I open my Cozi account and put the items on the list. The simple act of doing that plucks that “pest” out of my mind and I continue on with what I was doing. It also works when making sure that I plug all of my activities, events or appointments into the calendar. It saves me from double-booking things and looking like a complete flake. This is one of the tools I use that keep my thoughts from running a muck in my brain.

I think what I am trying to propose here is that when I read the daily prompt for pest and the offer to use it in a blog, inspiration struck. I knew what I considered to be a pest and wanted to write about it. If you would like to find out about other ways that I tame the thoughts running around in my head, please subscribe to my blog and see what comes next. I have lots of great ideas and know which ones work well for me. I would be more than happy to share them you.