“You can begin on the first of the month or the start of the quarter or next Monday, but why not today?” – Scott Ingram in today’s Tip 500
What do you need to start?
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Scott Ingram: You’re listening to the Daily Sales Tips podcast and I’m your host, Scott Ingram. This is the 500th episode of the podcast, and that has me thinking about milestones. On one hand, I think it’s important that we stop and celebrate our milestones, and I’m certainly proud of having produced 500 episodes of this show without having missed a single day. On the other hand, milestones like this are fairly arbitrary. Other than the number there’s nothing very different about this episode compared to any other episode. It’s just another Tuesday. That goes for when we choose to start things and the things we decide to celebrate along the way. Yesterday was June 1st, it also happened to be a Monday. That felt like as good a day as any to kick off a bit of a personal project that my daughters and I have been working towards. We’re calling it the family fitness challenge. It actually started with my youngest daughter challenging me to get a six-pack by the end of the year after I’d shared that I was about halfway to gaining the Covid 19 (credit to Jeff Bajorek for that one), as we were on one of our weekends walks together. First I’m not sure that’s even possible for me, but I told her that there was no way I’d be able to do that myself without the entire family on board and supporting me in the effort. That conversation quickly got very productive as we talked about how we could all join in, do meal planning and preparation together. Organize our training schedules, and the timing for us was really good as my oldest daughter needs to start training for cross country in the fall anyway, and I need to get into a more structured triathlon training program for a race in late August. So the family fitness challenge was born. I guess the point of this story is that there’s really nothing that dictates when you should start something. Sure you can begin on the first of the month or the start of the quarter or next Monday, but why not today? This show started on January 20th, 2019. On a random Sunday, and here we are 500 episodes later. So it doesn’t really matter when you start. You also get to decide what you’re going to celebrate. Are you going to celebrate the results or the process? Personally I like to try to celebrate the inputs. The consistent actions. Like I said, I’m most proud of never having missed a day on the road to 500. Certainly, there have been some amazing outcomes and other rewards, but I try to stay focused on the things that I can directly control. What do you need to start? Today’s as good a day as any to get going.
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