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Hooked On Chaos

Hooked On Chaos

Keith Rosen, MCC

You may have a drug problem. Many people today are hooked on a commonly abused, yet elusive drug whose widespread use seems to be flying under our radar. That drug of choice is adrenaline.

The classic symptoms? Saying “Yes” when you mean “No.” Overcommiting or overbooking your schedule, then finding it difficult to deliver on deadlines or complete tasks. Procrastinating until the last moment. Believing you, “Work best under pressure.” Being easily distracted.

Consider that an adrenaline addiction may be creating many of the problems, employee challenges and obstacles to a sale that you want to avoid. Tolerating stress, chaos, disorganization, poor planning, lackluster team performance or undesirable customers create situations that provide the adrenaline rush associated when working on overdrive.

Like any drug, adrenaline has its rewards. On the surface, it may appear that this legal, seductive drug provides a burst of energy to get something done, tackle a project or meet a deadline. Being superhuman enables you to accomplish more than what a mere mortal is capable of producing.

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However, it’s more dangerous than we realize. The body produces adrenaline when stressed, in pain or to protect us from imminent danger. While used to handle a crisis, you don’t want the drug to control you and dominate your lifestyle. After a day of riding the adrenaline roller coaster, you crash.

Too much adrenaline from other sources (nicotine, chocolate, caffeine, etc.) can also lead to stomach and heart problems, high blood pressure and anxiety. Aside from feeling drained, burnt out and exhausted, adrenaline lowers your productivity level and sets you up for failure. If you thrive on chaos, it’s difficult to maintain your focus, concentration, peace of mind or mental clarity. If you’re a salesperson, a congested mind does not allow for the space to create the best solutions for your customers during a sales call.

If you’re overwhelmed with a pile of tasks, then you can’t be “present” with or listening to your customers. This affects your ability to follow a sales process, ask the right questions, uncover your customer’s needs and even create or recognize a selling opportunity, creating holes in your selling approach that many promising sales fall through.

To kick the habit, prevent sporadic results and get off the adrenaline train, shift away from using adrenaline and start creating the momentum that produces consistent, long lasting results.

1. Just Say No.

Are you a “Yesaholic?” Do you instinctively say, “Yes” first without considering if you can realistically deliver? The irony is, saying “Yes” and not following through creates what we wanted to avoid. That is, letting others down by over committing and not delivering, costing you frustration, happy employees, new or future business, a satisfied customer, even referrals.

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