Braxton Bilbrey is a seven-year-old boy. He lives in Glendale, Arizona. He read about a nine-year-old boy who swam from Alcatraz Island to the city of San Francisco.

I imagine he started thinking if he can do it so can I!

So, he established a goal to swim the 1.4 miles of chilly waters from Alcatraz to the city. According to the article I read his mother wasn't too happy about the idea.

She apparently changed her mind when she realized how committed Braxton was to his goal.

He achieved his goal and completed the swim in 47 minutes.

He was motivated by his clearly defined goal.

He says his next goal is to swim the English Channel.

I'm confident he'll achieve this very ambitious goal.

A few observations:

First, Braxton is only seven years old drawing inspiration from reading magazine articles. Maybe there is a lesson here for all of us.

Second, if a seven-year-old boy can set and achieve an extraordinary goal like this, shouldn't that accomplishment motivate you to become what you are capable of becoming?

Third, wouldn't every selling day be a better one if began your day with a specific and written sales goal?

On a different but related subject I started rereading Og Mandino's classic book, "The Greatest Salesman In The World."

The following quotes are from this phenomenal book.

"Failure is man's inability to reach his goals in life, whatever they may be."

Stupidity, in my humble opinion, is not setting goals in the first place.

Success comes when you "combine what you learn with the experience you acquire." It's imperative you keep the wheel of learning in motion.

If you want to learn more about how to become a great salesperson you might want to get a copy of this priceless book for your personal library.

When you are determined to succeed it is impossible for you to fail!

Goal setting really does work, though sometimes in mysterious way, to help you unleash the potential within you.

Action step: Start every day with written sales goals.

Author's Bio: 

Jim Meisenheimer publishes The No-Brainer Sales TipsNewsletter, a fresh and high content newsletter dedicatedto helping you increase your sales and personal income.

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