SLUMP

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If you ever get into a slump, for example, in your sales efforts, you might consider prioritizing your activities and be willing to accept a lower level of production or output for a time.  Try not to beat yourself up over it -- just accept it as a natural part of life.  A slump can be mental, physical, emotional, or spiritual.  In our business, people think of it mainly as a lack of sales for a while.  You could also define a slump as when your mind or heart or spirit won't surrender to what you know you need to do but don't feel like doing.  Try to take a step back from your slump and remember the things that are important to you.  For me, when I remember that I can trust God to help me succeed based on a relationship I've tried to build with him, I feel peace in my mind and body.  Your method of getting out of your slump might be different, but just remember that really getting out of a slump means to once again live life to its fullest, and one way to do that is to surrender, which ultimately leads you to peace.  Best wishes and hang in there.  Matchbook

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And if that doesn't work, there's always liquor!

troll's picture
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I think it's interesting how we have all these folks with new screen names who are suddenly eager to post unsolicited advice for us.  Could they all be the same person?

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I like this thread.  I find myself getting caught at the bottom of the rollercoaster sometimes, too.  Liquor is great, but what else do you guys do to combat that?

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You could also define a slump as when your mind or heart or spirit won't surrender to what you know you need to do but don't feel like doing.  Try to take a step back from your slump and remember the things that are important to you.  For me, when I remember that I can trust God to help me succeed based on a relationship I've tried to build with him, I feel peace in my mind and body
Matchbox, in an age of political correctness, it probably doesn't hurt to remember that this business always carries a spiritual aspect, whether a particular advisor is aware or not.
So I guess while we are building a realtionship with our clients, we are building a relationship with God. Interesting thought.
I like this thread too. Personally, Joe,  my old screen names always die and never come back, like that little fella in South Park. Always so interested in the process, why not just focus on the content or ignore it, even if it irritates you. What is in the ego of a screen name, anyway, versus pure thought?
So many distractions, Matchbox! Focus has been a theme of mine lately.
Drewski, I suggest a hobby or pursuit that is capable of blocking out all thoughts of the business - one you love. If it happens to be something you could (eventually) share with clients or their friends, so much the better. If you can write it off, you get 2x the bang for your buck, now that is wealth creation.
 
 

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A weekend in vegas with beautiful whores, lots of drugs and alcohol.  Then I come back on Monday and am refreshed for work.

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rollinrock wrote:I like this thread too. Personally, Joe,  my old screen names always die and never come back, like that little fella in South Park. Always so interested in the process, why not just focus on the content or ignore it, even if it irritates you. What is in the ego of a screen name, anyway, versus pure thought?
So many distractions, Matchbox! Focus has been a theme of mine lately.You make some interesting points.  However, I find it somewhat disingenuous that certain folks find it necessary to constantly reinvent themselves under new names on an ongoing basis.Too, if you really want to make a useful contribution, it hurts your credibility in the eyes of long time posters, or at least it does in my eyes.  This tendency is attenuated after the stream of sock puppets we've endured of late.I tend to immediately discount posters with a lower(sub-100) post count who are proffering opinions.  I try to cut a break to newbs seeking guidance.  I doubt I'm the only one who things that way, especially after recent events.  Truthfully when you first started your other 'stream of consciousness' thread my first reaction was to suspect that you were merely another in our latest stream of trolls.  Now I know that is not the case, might even know "who" you are(or have been), and welcome your contributions.So, if you really want to make a positive impact and get good input from the regulars, try to stick with one screen name for a little while, get your post count up and build up your "rep".  You are certainly welcome to share your thoughts, express your individuality, and even make constructive criticisms.  But, if you want to be an active member in the life of the online community, one must also temper all those desires with the need to conform(at least somewhat) to the established norms or "mores" of said existing community.As one of our recent trolls(goforbroke) frequently stated, I do NOT control this board....funny that she said that because I don't think she ever really believed it.  Anyway-it's true, I don't.  And I'm not trying to control it, although I may at times try to influence the tone of the discourse in a positive manner.  My point is that I'm not trying to dictate terms to you, merely share a few observations that might make your most recent stay with us longer, more productive, and more enjoyable.As some say.....just my 2 cents.

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go to the gym workout, go out to dinner with close friends and have a good bottle of wine.

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Joe,
I agree with you. I noticed this trend recently. A few different new
posters putting out strange, introspective comments without a real
question or response to another thread. Just a comment to "discuss
amongst yourselves".
They don't always bother me, as sometimes they start interesting threads.
But mostly they are annoying.

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Broker24 wrote:Joe,
I agree with you. I noticed this trend recently. A few different new
posters putting out strange, introspective comments without a real
question or response to another thread. Just a comment to "discuss
amongst yourselves".
They don't always bother me, as sometimes they start interesting threads.
But mostly they are annoying.Often they remind me of the "Jack Handy" bits on Saturday Night Live.

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