My gardening friend and I are just beginning to contemplate plans for our gardens this year. Yes, it’s only February, but yesterday we cut back all of the wintered over geraniums so they’ll have plenty of time to sprout new growth for the summer. And now is the time to start making decisions on crop size, new plantings to consider, what to eliminate from the mix and how much of each to plant. Having a plan for the future has proven helpful.
Early in 12 Step work, when I was in the sales arena, the people on my team had to forecast their projected sales for the upcoming month. We’d take a look at; their previous months’ production, when sales came in throughout the month and the dollar volume and size of each sale. It helped us to see what was working well, where we had opportunities for growth, and what was a reasonable estimate for the next month based on the “pipeline” of prospects we were working with presently. Then everyone on the team worked the plan, adjusting as needed to any changes that potential clients implemented. And our team was very successful. We consistently had top national performers on our team.
I had learned to lead the team this way from the way my sales mentor/manager had led me. My manager’s leadership turned me into the top producer in the country – then I moved into management where I could pass on the skills that I’d learned so others could have success. The success I realized in these jobs was something that in my early 12 Step work I never thought was possible for me. With encouragement and support where needed, plus my hard work, I learned that anything is possible. Since then, that lesson has proven true for the many sales people and proteges whom I’ve been fortunate enough to mentor. And all we did was create a plan, then do what was in front of us to do each day. Believe me, we didn’t always want to do the tasks recommended in our jobs any more than as 12 Step members we want to do what our sponsors suggest in the program. And in both arenas, we’ve found that when we do what is suggested, it works. So now I do that with school, with my partner, with the garden and with most every other aspect of my life. I still have a few challenging areas to work on – more progress. And knowing from experience that the principles of the 12 Step programs work in all areas of my life makes it a little easier to do what’s in front of me to do when motivation is lacking. If I follow the plan, and remain flexible enough to make adjustments where indicated, I see prosperous results. More of the Promises.
Affirmation for the Day – ” I am doing what works. ”
Remember to say the affirmation at least 3 times whenever you remember it, preferably in front of a mirror.
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