Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year so it seems fitting that I use this event to launch my blog.
I have four reasons for loving Thanksgiving so:
* I love turkey and in my family I usually get it only on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
* Our family gathers together to share time and food and to celebrate our blessings.
* The pressure of getting the right gifts or enough gifts is still a month off.
* Most of all, I love putting my attention on the good things, the blessings of the year. It helps me feel
Particularly this year when the media is filled with scary news from the financial industry and government topped by news of natural disasters affecting so many people, it may seem especially hard to be grateful. The interesting thing is that life is filled with both good and bad, always.
When I was dating Dorothy almost 20 years ago, I was fired from a job where I thought I had at least six months more to go to get results in. I learned the hard way that, for sales people, employment contracts don’t mean much if your numbers aren’t there.
Dorothy taught me about reframing my experience, which means she showed me how to change the way I looked at something. For the first time in my life, we celebrated my getting fired. As she said, this made space for me to find a better opportunity. And it did, though the new experience wasn’t always an obvious gift. One thing that came out of that event is it gave me empathy with my employees when, in future jobs, I found it necessary to let them go. Not everybody makes a good fit on your team.
So as I reflect back on an exciting and challenging year, I find I have many lessons and blessings to be grateful for.
Most of all, I am grateful for a loving family. Even though many of them are spread out around the United States, the bond of love still connects us.
I’ve come to terms with having Type 2 Diabetes. This has encouraged me to make changes in diet and activity that will result in a healthier lifestyle, like my hour walks four times a week – when I get to listen to podcasts from some really great individuals.
But the blessings go beyond family and my health to friends and business associates. In particular, I want to thank Bob Williams and his team of consultants at CMTC (Dennis Trusty, Paula Bahamón, Jon Trusty, and Ron Wilsbach) for the jobs they subcontracted to me this past year. This work has enabled me to pursue research and product development, especially on Internet marketing and social networking.
I also want to thank the CMTC clients I had the pleasure of helping with sales and marketing. Their challenges enabled me to grow and expand my knowledge as well as to define my thinking on how to train sales people to sell in a way that “Helps Customers Buy.”
I had a great learning experience and made many new friends who share a love for transformational training and coaching at the Master Trainer Camp in May. It’s not often that a business conference becomes truly life changing. As a result of what I learned there, I have made many changes including replacing my primary business name John Aberle Consulting with HelpCustomersBuy.com so to put emphasis on my approach to sales and marketing. Following the camp, DeBorah Beatty helped me refine my “elevator speech.” We also enjoyed several discussions about social networking and Internet marketing. There are so many people that I have special memories of, from speakers to participants. I don’t have room here to thank them all.
As you celebrate Thanksgiving, assuming you are American, focus on your reasons to be thankful. I think you will find that your heart opens, and you feel happier.
So, regardless of what country you live in, Happy Thanksgiving!
My first Kindle eBook, How Relationship Selling Rewards Small Businesses, went live on April 24, 2012. Until June 11t, 2012, it is available at its introductory rate of $.99. I've lived a lifetime of service and spiritual search so it's natural for me to incorporate these attitudes into my work. I believe that selling and marketing are spiritual service when done with a heart-centered, relationship selling approach. All of business success comes down to building strong relationships.
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