“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”
–Paulo Coelho (1947 – )
Sometimes, if we don’t have success after repeated attempts to do something, we can lose confidence and eventually give up trying. It’s called “learned helplessness” (we learn to be helpless).
Sales check: Any areas where you and your team have stopped trying (or try, but with little commitment) because prior repeated failures and/ or a perceived inability to succeed has trained you not to try? In prospecting and customer contact efforts? In motivating and improving team attitudes and cooperation? With customer care improvement initiatives?
If so, what can you start doing today to minimize any “learned helplessness” that may have set in?