“We don’t need to just be more patient with those around us, and we also need to cut ourselves a little more slack and be a bit more mindful of what we’re really going through.” – Scott Ingram in today’s Tip 463
How do you manage your own expectations?
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Scott Ingram: You’re listening to the Daily Sales Tips podcast and I’m your host, Scott Ingram. Today, let’s talk about expectations and know that sometimes these tips are for you and other times they’re actually for me and I hope that they help you too.
A couple of weeks ago somebody suggested to me that we all need to just dial back our expectations a bit and be more patient with everyone that we’re interacting with. At this point, everyone is dealing with a lot and there’s probably more than you know going on behind the scenes. They said that if we expect that they’re maybe 60-70% as effective as they are normally, that will probably be about right and help us to be more patient and understanding.
That advice has been really useful to me, but more recently I’ve started to realize that I probably need to apply that same level of forgiveness to myself. This might seem totally contrary to what you would expect of me, and I think the problem has been that it’s totally contrary to what I expect of myself. I, probably like you, have extraordinarily high expectations of myself.
What I’m realizing though is that this whole situation is just really tough. Lately, I’ve really been struggling with the fact that I’ve been struggling. And it feels wrong to feel like you’re a little bit off your game, when others are being taken completely out of the game either because they’re fighting for their lives, or they’ve been laid off and might be worried about how they’re going to feed their own families.
In comparison to many of the extremes that we’re seeing, my issues are virtually meaningless, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not real and that they don’t matter. Mindset is such a core part of success, and managing your mindset and maintaining focus and staying positive just takes way more effort right now, than it usually does, at least it does for me,
So I’ve started to try to be a little bit more forgiving of myself. To apply that 60-70% effectiveness framework and be alright with that. Ok, let’s be real. I’m an overachiever. I think I’m willing to tolerate maybe 80% effectiveness and still be OK with it, but the point is that we don’t need to just be more patient with those around us, and we also need to cut ourselves a little more slack and be a bit more mindful of what we’re really going through.
Just working on this tip has been really helpful for me. I hope it’s also helpful for you, and don’t be a stranger. This community continues to matter more and more. Let’s help each other through. Keep those amazing tips coming. And shoutout to Camille Clemons whose tip I was going to share today, but it prompted all of this, so I’ll let you give a listen to that tomorrow. It’s short and sweet, but super powerful.
I’ll talk to you then. Thanks so much for listening!