It is well known that some dogs, cats, and even birds in animal shelters know how to sell themselves. They will do the essentials of salesmanship such as extending a paw, catching your eye, and exhibiting enough but not excessive energy.
Those animals are the happy ones. That why smart shelter staff, such as at the Animal Haven, North Haven, Connecticut make it their business to pay a lot of attention to the residents. That keeps them happy. Sure, there are a few who resist this, have downcast looks, and never get adopted. But most find good homes.
The lesson here is obvious. Happiness and success are tied together. Buyers, be they prospects who can give us an assignment or employers who can hire us for a job, are attracted to happy people. They back away from unhappy ones, afraid that "something is wrong."
So, if you are not selling, assume that your unhappiness has a lot to do with it. The first step out of the sales black hole is to simulate the facial expressions, body language, walk, and words of happy people. You bet, fake it to you make it as they mandate in 12-step programs. It really does work.
The next step is to adopt an attitude of gratitude. Instead of all that black-cloud stuff, focus on what you have to be grateful for. After all, you are on the right side of the grass.
And, last, never let go of your newly created happiness. In the new economy we got to be selling all the time. The only way we will sell is by being happy. Two weeks ago, Lee K. sold himself to me at the Animal Haven. He had all the right moves, including doing a lot of happy tail wagging when he sized me up as a potential buyer.