We are all salespeople

Have you ever gone with a really good salesperson while they make their sales calls? I did once and it was a great opportunity to learn some things. Everyone is a salesperson to some extent. In order to get a job we have to sell the company on our abilities. Later we have to sell the boss on giving us a raise. At any kind of job, most of us are salespeople even if we are not called that because we have to influence others to go along with our ideas.

At home we are all salespeople because we influence our family members to do their chores or eat their vegetables without a fight, go on that vacation we always wanted and a myriad of other things we don’t even realize are selling. One lady I know wonders why her children don’t obey her. She can’t persuade them to do what she tells them to do. I noticed that she tells her children to do something, but they know they can easily talk her out of doing it. She is not consistently firm with them. I found myself in the same situation, so for three weeks I made sure that if I told my children to do something, I made absolutely sure they did it. It took longer than three weeks, but luckily, they were young enough at the time to change quickly and now they obey me. If they had been older I’m sure it would have taken much longer.

W. Clement Stone was very poor as a child, his father died when he was very young and his mother worked at a low paying job. Stone began selling life insurance and did an incredibly good job at it. He became rich and trained others to sell for him. He sold so easily that it seemed like magic. Why do some people sell so well and others just don’t seem to get it? For many years I just didn’t get it. Now I finally do.

What is it that makes a person persuasive? When I went on calls with a good salesperson I watched carefully to see why he was so good. One thing I noticed was that he was very confident. I am told one trait a salesman must have is confidence—confidence in his product, confidence that his product will genuinely help the people who buy it and confidence in himself.

Some people have such a low opinion of themselves that they just can’t persuade other people to do anything because they are afraid the person might not like them for it. If the salesperson has an unshakable faith in himself, it makes him much more effective in persuading other people to do or buy.

There are things you can do to increase your faith in yourself, God and others. This will increase your prayer-faith also. I talk to some people who wonder why they don’t get many answers to prayer. Usually I find they have wrong attitudes about God and themselves that have developed over many years and are very hard to change. These are some of the things I have done that changed me from a person with very little prayer-faith to strong prayer-faith.

Say affirmations (I am happy, healthy, wealthy, wise and good looking )

Listen to lectures or sermons about faith (Joel Osteen is an outstanding teacher of faith)

Read books about faith by people like Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, Rhonda Byrne, Zig Zigglar, Wallace Wattles, etc.

Journal on your faith (publicly in a blog or privately—but when you teach others, it really strengthens your faith!)

Memorize and recite Bible verses on faith http://wp.me/p2rHBL-mO

Realize God is a good God, and always looks out for your good, his is not up there criticizing you, Satan does that. God only punishes his children to keep them out of trouble the way a gentle, loving father does.

What do you do to increase your persuasiveness or prayer-faith? What do you think about this? Leave a comment.


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  5. I look inside my self–where the Holy Spirit abides(since I accepted Christ as my Savior) and look to Him to guide me and to help me have the confidence I need. I know that I need not lack confidence when He is constantly abiding to help me to know the right things to say and do:)

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