Another hard day on the sales floor, I felt like a beat up old rag doll and my sales were abysmal. Maybe it’s because my marriage is falling apart, or maybe it’s because I don’t have any friends and my kids treat me like a pariah. Whatever it is, I’m losing my edge and it actually feels like I’m losing my mind. If I don’t turn things around at work then it’s going to be curtains for me here, exit stage left as I try not to let the door hit me where the good lord split me, know what I mean? I’ve already had days in my life where I could only afford ketchup and mustard sandwiches, on a good week I’d have enough money to put a slice of processed cheese on them. I ‘m not looking forward to going back to that, plus I had a family to support, regardless of whether or not they could stand me. I know I’ve been looking for excuses at work and I’ve been blaming my terrible sales on our old lead generation system, but everyone else was doing fine. It was clearly me who had the problem, it wasn’t someone else who was blowing the good leads because I couldn’t get myself together. I’ve never been the most confident guy in the world, but I’ve never felt this powerless and anemic, I had to find a way to get my rear back in gear. Auto insurance leads shouldn’t really be that hard to convert, but I was finding ways to jack sales up left and right. I looked like a rookie out here and I’d been doing this for three years.
I got off work and decided to drive to the old park and to sit down by the creek, like I used to as a kid. This was where I came when I wanted to seek some solitude, it’s a place where I can feel a kid again. I haven’t been here in years, I guess I kinda just grew up. Maybe that was the problem, I don’t know how to have fun anymore. I picked up a few small pebbles and individually started to throw them into the water, one after another until they were gone and watched the ripples fade away. What was left in the calm water was my reflection and then it all became clear. It wasn’t because my live leads were faulty or anything at all like that, I wasn’t having fun anymore. That was it! Period. I needed to take a more light-hearted approach again with my potential customers and make them laugh, heck I need to make myself laugh. Why did life ever have to get so serious? Most the car insurance commercials are comedic, so it’s clear that we’re not expected to be uptight right? I’m surprised my manager hasn’t said something or noticed himself, because in retrospect it was so clear. Ah, the creek was a good place to go to cleanse my mind.