Some of you are a couple of weeks into another school year. Has the excitement of a new school year already vanished? Are you counting down the days to Thanksgiving break?
Perhaps the answer to the above questions is a resounding “Yes.” If that’s the case, is it fair for me to assume that the reason why you may be feeling a bit dejected is because the students have switched gears on you?
No longer are they the sweet, quiet kids. Now, they are testing you and your limits. Now, the lesson you worked hours and hours on during the weekend creates little to zero engagement with them. To top that off, maybe your calendar is filled with deadlines from administration of paperwork that must be completed ASAP. It’s no wonder, right about now you’re probably feeling down.
I feel your pain. I’ve been there.
Maybe you don’t work in a school environment at all, but you’re experiencing discouragement because your business isn’t taking off the way you envisioned it to.
Trust me. I understand.
Regardless of where you find yourself, allow me to offer you two pieces of advice.
1. Don’t quit. Yes, it sounds elementary, but perseverance is a quality we love to claim we have until we find ourselves facing a huge obstacle that reveals to us otherwise. However, any successful person succeeded not because he or she always did the right thing. Rather, it was because he or she stayed committed to their purpose. Countless times they failed, but they always rose back up.
2. Win Their Trust. Realize that the people you are trying to influence will not listen to you or give you the time of day, until they are able to trust you. The relationship you have with the people you are serving matters. It matters because it influences the results you are getting and will continue to receive.
In a study conducted by Mensah and Atta (2015), teachers expressed that a supportive relationship with students was one key factor that inspired the students to succeed. So, continue to get to know your students. Value them. Not just when it’s convenient either.
For those in business, the relationships you build are also vital to your success. Get to know your potential clients. Treat them with respect. Provide them value. Build trust.
Remember, any person will work with you and for you when they trust you, and that the strongest of all relationships is always built on trust.
3 Ways to Win Trust
1. Do what you say you are going to do.
2. Your communication both verbal and nonverbal matter. Choose both words and actions carefully.
3. Value every single person you are serving, whether they treat you fairly, do the right, or not.
Here’s to you staying Mission Driven and creating a legacy that makes an impact!
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