Our goal in this training is to help each team member realize that if they want things to be different, they must CHANGE the way they are doing things! It is time to get on the right track to build your business!”
The theme for this meeting is “Change and Trains!” Your decorations could include a train of any type. Put together a child’s train or an electric train. Use the “Right Track — Run Over” postcard (PP70742C) as the invitation to your meeting. Invite your people to dress the part. They could perhaps wear overalls or a suit (like a conductor.) For a treat, tape the “Right Track” bookmark to a Hershey Candy Bar.
As we use the “Train” as our theme there are several different directions we can go (appropriate for a mode of transportation.) Let’s discuss several different ways we can relate Change to Trains. “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” How true this statement is because if we are not progressing and moving forward, the world will continue to move forward without us, and therefore make it seem that we are moving backward. Progression is an element of life we should all be striving for.
In learning about goals and time management, it is always suggested that you
ANALYZE not only what track you are on, but where you are on the track. (This is when you could hand out a “Analyze your goals” Bookmark (BM70499) Discuss with your team: What are you goals? How are you doing in reaching those goals? Where are you? Where do you want to be? How do you plan to get there? What decisions are you making on a daily basis that will take you where you want to go?
“If you always DO what you’ve always DONE, you’ll always BE what you’ve always BEEN. If you want something different, DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT!” (C70512) (Give this sign to each member of your team)
This slogan really gets you thinking. “Oh, you mean I can’t continue in my rut, doing the same things over and over again, and expect things to get better?” No! If you want things to change, you must change yourself!
A story told by Gordon B. Hinckley, “Many years ago I worked for a railroad in the central offices in Denver. I was in charge of what is called head-end traffic. That was in the days when nearly everyone rode passenger trains. One morning I received a call from my counterpart in Newark, New Jersey. He said, ‘Train number such-and-such has arrived, but it has no baggage car. Somewhere, 300 passengers have lost their baggage, and they are mad.’
I went immediately to work to find out where it may have gone. I found it had been properly loaded and properly trained in Oakland, California. It had been moved to our railroad in Salt Lake City, been carried to Denver, down to Pueblo, put on another line, and moved to St. Louis. There it was to be handled by another railroad which would take it to Newark, New Jersey. But some thoughtless switch man in St. Louis yards moved a small piece of steel just three inches, a switch point, then pulled the lever to uncouple the car. We discovered that a baggage car that belonged in Newark, New Jersey, was in fact in New Orleans, Louisiana — 1,500 miles from its destination.
Just the three-inch movement of the switch in the St. Louis yard by a careless employee had started it on the wrong track, and the distance from its true destination increased dramatically. That is the way it is with our lives. Instead of following a steady course, we are pulled by some mistaken idea in another direction. The movement away from our original destination may be ever so small, but, if continued, that very small movement becomes a great gap and we find ourselves far from where we intended to go.
Have you ever looked at one of those 16-foot farm gates? When it is opened, it swings very wide. The end at the hinges moves ever so slightly, while out at the perimeter, the movement is great. It is the little things upon which life turns that make the big difference in our lives.”
This concept is so TRUE whether it be to the negative or positive. We may make a decision to stop sending a confirmation postcard to our hosts, OR, we may decide to START sending a confirmation postcard to our hosts. Either decision can make a BIG difference to the overall outcome of your business. Our slogan at ‘The Booster’ is “We have the little things that make a BIG difference to your business.” Now this concept of CHANGE was not originally decided upon to promote our products, but this is a good example of some of the little things you can do that will make a BIG difference in your business. Those little things may seem insignificant, just as moving that piece of metal in the train yard, but the significance of the OUTCOME of those little things can be DRAMATIC!
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