The answer is simple… WORK!
For a schizophrenic in sales, work means more than one thing.
It means you do the physical work, of prospecting, talking to, and following up with businesses, and it also means you do the work inside of your head that allows you to think clearly about loving your customer.
For me it means eliminating sex from the equation. Sure, sex sells, but so does a good product. You don’t have to be sexy, and you don’t have to be wanting sex or wanting to give sex in order to sell. What you have to do is talk to your voices and tell them that you love them and thank them for being in your head.
When my thoughts and my words have aligned, the voices will tell me to get “out”. That simple means to speak what I’m thinking. If I’m working in the store giving out samples of the product and I think to myself that I’m going to wish that customer that’s about to walk out of the door a great day, then I get “out” and say exactly that. A lot of times the voices of the customers will say that “I am”. It means whatever you want it to mean. For me it means that I’m in the game, and I’m here to serve.
If you are a schizophrenic and want to sell another deal, or maybe sell your first one, my recommendation is get with a product that sells itself. If you look for it, it will look for you and you will find each other. For me, my product is food. Everyone needs to eat to live, so as some of the great sales books I’ve read have taught me, you must be in the business of supporting life. I think it was Tony Robbins who wrote that “Life supports that which supports life.” All I can say is that I do my best, and I’m starting to sell some deals.
So far, my results have been ok. They are not great, and they are not terrible. For me, as a schizophrenic doing ok is an accomplishment. I would like to do better, and I work to be a little better everyday that I’m alive, so I would eventually like to become GREAT. For now, I just do ok and I have 8 deals under my belt that I know of. I may be responsible for more, but right now I’m not interested in taking credit, I’m more interested in doing the job well. So as far as I know, I have 8 deals to my name and am looking to up that number each day that I sell.
What’s great about today is that I found out that I made that 8th sale, and it came from the work I did the day before. I dropped off a cookie tray at a construction business and on the very next day they placed an order. The product and the sales system the company has in place do all the work for me. All I have to do is suit up, show up, and allow the deal to happen. If you are a schizophrenic like me and have been struggling in sales for years, then it may be time to get an hourly job that gives you a steady paycheck to pay your bills, and then work your way to a better position within the company.
For me that’s the way it worked. I got a job at a low hourly rate, and worked my tail off. I have to give credit to my boss that hired me, because she gave me a chance when I wasn’t doing well with working. She believed in me, and helped me to grow.
Fast forward 2 years and I’ve received several promotions and am now a salesperson for all three stores in the company. Out of all the people working there I was the one they chose to sell their product for all three stores. It’s really a prestigious position as I get to work with the president and owner of the company. I am the only one who does what I do. Part of the credit goes to my reading and writing habit which has helped me develop as a person and shoot off useful quotes in conversation, and part of the credit goes to me being honest with them about my schizophrenia, and my path of limiting alcohol and quitting cigarettes. I’m trying to move my life in a more positive direction, and that got their attention. Along with expressing a desire to be in sales because of the growth potential eventually landed me the gig I have now.
The main benefit is that it gives me a greater opportunity to serve, which is the purpose of my life. Service is what I am setting my life up to do, at work, at home, and on this blog. I especially want to serve schizophrenics, and help them achieve things in life that the voices, whether it be their own or someone else, say they cannot do. I want to serve as the catalyst for schizophrenics to breakthrough addiction, dependence, and bad choices because of the combination of their own missteps and what the voices have led them to believe. I want to be a light for schizophrenics to show them that you don’t have to cheat on your wife or girlfriend, that you can work and you can do ok in sales, and that you can quit smoking. I want to do all this and more, and I’m not going to stop until it’s done.
So there’s a taste of my plans for this blog but mainly I wanted to let you know that I’m a mild schizophrenic, and I’m selling things. I’m doing ok. I’m quitting cigarettes and have reduced the number I smoke by one each day. Yesterday I smoked 12, down from a whole pack a week and a half ago. My quit date is on July 15th, 2017. I’m not looking forward to smoking none.
Then again, I am.
I just wanted to write this to you to let you know that you can do it, you can sell. Work with the voices and let your own thoughts co-create what you hear, and direct your mind and your feelings to a place where people will know, like, and trust you. You can do it!
Here’s to your sales success,
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