The Key To Finishing Is Starting

The Key To Finishing Is StartingDid you know the key to finishing is starting?

Most salespeople don’t make this important connection.

I remember several years ago doing a postcard mailing to promote my Advanced Selling Skills Boot Camp. One side of the postcard had a photograph of a salesperson, dressed in a suit, running, with both arms extended high over his head, one with a briefcase, as he dashed across a red ribbon finish line.

It was a great picture capturing a successful moment. It reminded me, and I don't know why, that you'll never cross the finish line until you cross the starting line.

The world is filled with salespeople who can’t seem to get the right things done first.

I guess that’s because there are just too many distractions.

The world is filled with good intentions. People say things like:

Someday . . .

I’m going to try . . .

As soon as I have some time . . .

Right now it’s on my back burner . . .

How many things are you thinking about doing that aren't getting done? How long have you been thinking about doing these things?

How many priorities do you have perched on the back burner in your sales territory? What’s holding you back from becoming the success you’re capable of achieving?

Which selling skill is your weakest link? Remember the key to finishing is starting.

How many things could you start doing today that would provide you with an immediate payback ($$$)? Remember the key to finishing is starting.

Have you prepared a written list of your sales goals you want to achieve this year? Remember the key to finishing is starting.

Is this list prioritized so you can focus your effort and energy on what’s most important first? This is an absolute essential if you want to step up and become an “Achiever” instead being satisfied with just being a “Thinker.”

If finished is better than perfect then starting is better than procrastinating.

Before you cross the finish line you have to cross the starting line.

Successful salespeople aren't born they're self made!

Here are some more thoughts on finishing.

B.G. Jett
If the word quit is part of your vocabulary, then the word finish is likely not.

Rick Mears
To finish first, you must first finish.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.

David Lloyd George
There is nothing so fatal to character as half-finished tasks.

Bobby Unser
Nobody remembers who finished second but the guy who finished second.


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