Are You Over Thinking The Solution To Your Problem?

Overthinking is a cruel trick that you can play on yourself. It tricks you into believing that you are on your way to solving your problems. It keeps you protected against the perceived dangers out there like, failure, rejection, and embarrassment by keeping your actions to a minimum. It feeds your ego and tells you that you know more than others, that you are a clever person that has things figured out.

The problem is that ‘over thinking’ clouds your judgment because you tend to focus too much on the negatives. And, when you focus on all the negative things that might happen, it’s easy to become paralyzed.

Stop thinking about what can go wrong… Instead, think about what can go right!

Decide what you want, and then… Just Do It!

The biggest mistake you can make is doing nothing!

“The Best Way To Avoid Work Is To Think About It!”

Just Do it! Download our free report now! How To Close ‘9 Out Of 10’™ Sales By Asking The ‘Right’ Questions! and learn a skill to make this business really fun and easy!

Jeremy Nason, RFC is the co-founder of the Insurance Pro Shop™ -“The first affordable, full-service insurance marketing and sales resource center for today’s Financial Pro, and Found Money Management™a system dedicated to helping Middle-Income Families to ‘Live Debt Free and Truly Wealthy!’ For more articles visit his blog!

Millennials: Dine Out, Drink Craft Beer, Connect, & Recoup $5,000 – It’s Legit!

David Szeremet, October 19, 2017

I recently consulted on a financial planning case involving a 28-year-old pharmaceutical sales rep. She is doing well, earning six figures. Recently married, she is considering the purchase of a cash value life insurance policy for income protection ($1 million death benefit) and to accumulate a rainy day fund (potentially $250,000 by age 55). The annual premium is $5,000.

I was surprised to find out she can’t afford the premium. She makes a good living, is healthy, lives in an affordable area, has no student loans, and drives a Honda Accord. She appears to be living well within her means. Something did not compute.

Here’s what we were missing. A classic millennial, she values being socially connected, informed, and meeting up with her (large) social network. Her phone gets a workout with Evites, tweets, posts, and rally texts. On average, she goes out three nights a week, consumes a great deal of media content, and is an avid reader.

It’s all good. However, an analysis of her monthly budget revealed a continuous outflow of unnecessary fees, up-charges, and nickel-dime expenditures.

We identified seven financial fixes to free up at least $5,000. The fixes will not impact her lifestyle (other than simplifying it).

  1. Cut the cord. Yes, she has cable TV. On average, cable runs $105 a month (source: Fortune magazine). It’s only getting worse because the cable TV inflation rate is up to EIGHT times the consumer inflation rate (source: Leichtman Research Group). It’s a racket. Other than live sports, I can’t remember the last time I looked forward to watching anything on cable TV.* Face it, cable TV is for suckers and procrastinators. I’m not asking anyone to revert to rabbit ears (comment if you do not understand). There are dozens of affordable internet-based options saving you at least $50 a month (that’s $600 annually – the miracle of math!)
  2. Ditch the crumb scraper. Go ahead and eat out – I’m fine with it. You can save a boatload of cash by following one simple rule: never eat at a tablecloth restaurant.** Over a three month period, I conducted a survey of the Cincinnati area. My taste buds enjoyed it. Dinner at tablecloth restaurants, not counting booze, averaged $50 a meal (appetizer, entrée and dessert). For “naked table” joints, it’s $25 on average. Skip the tablecloth once a week for a year and you will save $1,300. It’s real!
  3. Buy a growler. Craft breweries are printing money – one pint at a time. I love visiting local breweries and based on the number of millennials I see, they do too. A typical pint runs $7 ($6 plus $1 tip). “Bankruptcy by a thousand pints” is a serious risk. Instead, once a week, buy a four pint growler for $16 ($14 plus $2 tip). And like M&M’s, growlers make friends! One growler per week saves you $624 a year. Drink (financially) responsibly.
  4. Stay put. Nightclub cover charges are wallet killers. Consider a modest $5 cover charge. If you pay one cover charge instead of three, you save $10. Do this just once a week and save yourself $520 over the course of a year. You do not have to be a party chaser to have a good time. Hook up with your crew at a pre-designated locale and stay there – even if Skylar shows up and proclaims that DJ Skin-E-Jeenz is working his MacBook over at Club Elev8.
  5. Become a card carrying member… Pick up a library card. Your local library can score nearly every book, eBook, movie, or ‘zine. You simply need to organize your priorities and be willing to wait a few days – don’t worry, the words will still be there when your book arrives. If you borrow only one book a week (@ $20 per book on Amazon), it’s $1,040 annually ($260 @$5 each for eBooks).
  6. Ironic/vintage t-shirt limit: 1. Nobody loves an ironic t-shirt more than a millennial. But today’s satirical t-shirt is tomorrow’s oil rag. Ask any Gen Xer who coveted a Spuds MacKenzie or Where’s The Beef? shirt. Same goes for that “vintage” t-shirt depicting your school’s olde tyme logo. You have my permission to own one, but honestly, it’s one too many if you plan on dating. Take a pass on ten of these $35 shirts (they are so overpriced) and save $350.
  7. Live to ride – ride to save. Skip one Uber/Lyft a week. Just one. Most metropolitan areas have bike share programs with well-maintained bikes ready for you 24/7/365. And it’s good for you! I live in Cincinnati and we have a thriving bike share program. I’m confident your area does too (or will soon). An annual bike share license runs $100, or less. At an average fare of $15, skipping Uber/Lyft once a week saves you a net of $680 annually.***

So there you have it. Over $5,000**** in “found” money and your life is simplified.

*Cable TV reached its nadir in 2017. Sports talk “game shows.” Political rant panels. Endless loops of home flipping reruns. State Fair fried food close-ups. “Dump-and-stir” cooking shows. Bigfoot vs. Goat Boy. Hitler’s Secret Vacation Home. Anything on the Weather Channel. Planet of the Apes marathons. Are we really this bored?

**Unless someone else is paying.

***I’m not being a tightwad. I’m only asking you to add one bike ride a week (twice a week during good weather if you live in a city that experiences winter). We need exercise – let’s kill two birds with one stone.

****And I didn’t admonish you to clip coupons, become an Uber driver, live in your parents’ basement, join loyalty programs, enter drug trials, or “stop going to Starbucks” – those tips are played out.

Think About This…

If this business were really about having the best products and sales ideas, like people are telling you, then why are 90% of the new advisors failing and why is the average income for advisors only $30,000-$50,000?

The truth is the vast majority of insurance companies, IMOs, and agencies are not going to spend a lot of their time and money training and coaching you on insurance marketing and sales! Their main focus is on recruiting agents and product training. It’s not their job to make you a superstar salesperson. Their job is to provide you with the products and teach you how they work.

The ‘Good News’ is that you can get started in insurance sales without having the fundamental insurance marketing and sales knowledge and skills you need to be successful long-term.

The ‘Bad News’ is that if you don’t take the time to gain the fundamental knowledge and skills you need, the chances of you surviving more than a year or so is only 1-10. And the chances of you making more than a mediocre income are 1-100.

We created the Insurance Marketing and Sales Resource Center™ in 2000 because there wasn’t one place you could go to get ALL of the core insurance marketing and sales knowledge and skills you need to be successful short-term and more importantly… long-term!

“I have added two clients in the past two weeks with over $25k in annual life premium + $100k-200k rollover funds.”

Just by getting down to the fundamentals, I have added two clients in the past two weeks with over $25k in annual life premium + $100k-200k rollover funds. This is not even discussing the other appointments I have set in the next two weeks. I have been recommending you to other agents I know who are having similar issues. Thanks Lew and Jeremy! You guys are great!

Mike Spence, President of Wealth Building Methods, LLC – MN

How To Be Successful Selling Mortgage Insurance!

Unfortunately most life insurance trainers, recruiters and managers today are still teaching their agents the ‘Old Fashioned’ approach to selling mortgage insurance. They still believe that selling mortgage insurance is nothing more than a numbers game. They believe that everyone who has just bought or refinanced a home needs mortgage insurance. So, if you send out enough sales letters to people with new mortgages, you’ll find enough people who say they want mortgage insurance and you will make all the mortgage insurance sales you need for a great living. Their approach is based on the principle of 10-3-1! If you call ten (10) new mortgage leads, you’ll set three (3) sales appointments, and you’ll close one (1) mortgage insurance sale. (Term Insurance – average sale of $600 in commissions)

The main problem with this ‘Outdated’ 10-3-1 logic is that if you want to earn a minimum net income of $50,000 per year you’ll need a minimum of thirty (30) new mortgage leads per week, to schedule nine (9) sales appointments, and close three (3) mortgage insurance sales per week. And, that doesn’t allow for any cancelled appointments, not-taken policies, declined applications, lapsed policies, etc.

There is a better, much EASIER and more cost-effective approach to Generating Mortgage Leads and Selling Mortgage Insurance!

The proven, time tested approach we take (in all of our systems and training) is making sure that agents are attracting, contacting and meeting with their ‘IDEAL’ mortgage insurance prospects! Instead of playing the numbers game, we want you to focus on identifying and attracting the mortgage insurance prospects that are in your local community. The people that you have the best chance of selling! Our strategy is based on 5-4-3! If you talk to five (5) of the ‘Right Prospects’, you’ll set four (4) appointments and close three (3) sales. (Cash Value Life Insurance – average sale of $2,000 in commissions) Read More

Help Others Selflessly!

Most agents think they’re networking when they hand out a business card and slap a new acquaintance on the back. However, true networking is all about getting people to “know, like and trust” you. After all, this is why people will buy from you. How do you become one of these esteemed people? You ask questions, to encourage people to talk about themselves. And, then by you being the first one to do the referring in a relationship. If you help others selflessly, you will reap the benefits.

Here Are 10 Questions You Should Ask When Networking… (by Bob Burg)

  1. “How did you get your start in the widget business?”
  2. “What do you enjoy most about your profession?”
  3. “What separates you and your company from the competition?”
  4. “What advice would you give someone just starting in the widget business?”
  5. “What one thing would you do with your business if you knew you could not fail?”
  6. “What significant changes have you seen take place in your profession through the years?”
  7. “What do you see as the coming trends in the widget business?”
  8. “Describe the strangest or funniest incident you’ve experienced in your business?”
  9. “What ways have you found to be the most effective for promoting your business?”
  10. “What one sentence would you like people to use in describing the way you do business?”

Now Ask The One “Key” Question That Will Set You Apart From Everyone Else…

“How can I know if someone I’m speaking with is a good prospect for you?”

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There is a reason why Today’s ‘Top Producers‘ are ‘long time’ members of our Insurance Marketing and Sales Resource Center, are investing in our specialized systems, and are attending our live training events

Jeremy Nason, RFC is the co-founder of the Insurance Pro Shop™ -“The first affordable, full-service insurance marketing and sales resource center for today’s Financial Pro, and Found Money Management™a system dedicated to helping Middle-Income Families to ‘Live Debt Free and Truly Wealthy!’ For more articles visit his blog!

It Is All To Easy For Us To Blame Our Financial Problems On The Economy!

Last week we discussed how you can help families to live the ‘American Dream!’

Do you remember the stats from the recent CareerBuilder report (7/2017)?

  • 78% of full-time workers said they live paycheck to paycheck… up from 75% last year.
  • 71% all U.S. workers said they’re now in debt… up from 68% a year ago.
  • 56% said they are in over their heads with debt.
  • 56% save $100 or less each month.
  • About 18% of workers said they cut back on their 401k contributions or personal savings in the last year.
  • More than one-third don’t put any money away for retirement.

I think these stats are extremely scary. But, what is even more scary is that most people are blaming their problems on our struggling economy… lack of good paying jobs, rising costs of the essentials, etc.!

Most people are  unwilling to take responsibility for their financial situation.

“Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment,
and learn again to exercise his will – his personal responsibility.”

Albert Einstein

Here is a recent article that I found, that should help you put things into perspective for you and your clients.

Remember it all starts with you! Read More

Are You “Pushing” Products?

One of the main reasons why so many agents and advisors are struggling today in the financial services industry is they are “Pushing” their products instead of focusing on helping people.

If all you are doing is “pushing” products, then your prospects will tend to see your products as a commodity and price will be their primary focus.

Example: If all your prospect wants is a life insurance policy to protect their family, then, in their mind, why should they buy anything but the cheapest term insurance.

Unfortunately, if you are competing based on products and price, you will live or die based on products and price. Remember, there is always someone out there who claims to have a better product and/or a lower price.

Instead of “pushing” your products, help your prospect to see the products you offer are the best ones for their situation. The beauty is when the prospects believe this, then price becomes far less of an issue.

Ask questions to get the prospect to reveal the needs they have and the outcomes they desire. By asking questions, you’re allowing the customer to drive the discussion – or so they think – and they will be far more likely to convince themselves they need your products.

Once they have convinced themselves, there is no stopping them and they will be adamant about buying your products to satisfy their needs.

Take a look at your sales process. Is it geared around you telling the prospect what they need and then “pushing” your products? How much of your presentation is geared toward “pushing?” The easiest thing you can do to begin moving away from “pushing” is to ask more questions about their situation, to get them to tell you what they really want and why. Make it your objective to add 5 more questions to each sales presentation you make. You’ll be amazed at what will happen!

The end result will not only be more sales, but also larger sales, and much higher profits!

Plus, your clients will feel much better about you and your services! They will see you as a true advisor who is there to help people. And, they will talk about how you have helped them with their friends and family.

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Break the cycle, Make a change!

Download our free report now! How To Close ‘9 Out Of 10’™ Sales By Asking The ‘Right’ Questions!

Jeremy Nason, RFC is the co-founder of the Insurance Pro Shop™ -“The first affordable, full-service insurance marketing and sales resource center for today’s Financial Pro, and Found Money Management™a system dedicated to helping Middle-Income Families to ‘Live Debt Free and Truly Wealthy!’ For more articles visit his blog!

Can You Help Families Live The ‘American Dream?’

The American Dream envisioned by our forefathers was that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Our forefathers wanted America to be a land of freedom and opportunity, with a limited central government that would protect the people and maintain a safe environment for each person to have the Freedom to pursue their idea of happiness!

The American Dream is the idea that with hard work, anyone can achieve prosperity and happiness regardless of who they are or where they come from.

Over the centuries the American Dream has changed many times and became to mean the acquisition of material things, which is leading to the downfall of our American society. Too many Americans are living beyond their means and drowning in debt, in order to create a lifestyle they are being told and want to believe will make them happy… spending a lot of money on new cars, a huge home, etc. Read More

3 Myths About Life Insurance That May Leave Your Family Unprotected!

3 Myths About Life Insurance That May Leave Your Family Unprotected!

When you’re just starting out, it often seems that a dollar never stretches far enough. And with new commitments, such as buying your first home or having children, comes the responsibility to make sure your loved ones will be provided for financially, no matter what life may bring.

If you were to die unexpectedly, life insurance is there to make sure your loved ones can maintain their standard of living, stay in your home, send your kids to the same schools and keep their plans for the future on track. It also gives the grieving spouse or partner time to make decisions, or in some cases find work outside the home, without worrying about finances.

But common misconceptions often prevent young families from purchasing the life insurance they need.

Myth 1: I only need life insurance if I’m the primary breadwinner in my family. Whether you bring home the largest paycheck in your household or a smaller one, your family relies on your income to maintain its quality of life, and it would be missed if something were to happen to you. Even if you don’t work outside of the home, having life insurance is a smart choice. Stay-at-home parents perform valuable services such as childcare, cooking, housecleaning and household management, which can be costly to replace for a surviving spouse or partner. Read More

An Inspirational thought from James Clear…

“The biggest difference between successful people and unsuccessful ones (in health, in business, and in life) is that successful people are determined to succeed rather than playing the role of the victim and searching for reasons (making excuses) why they aren’t succeeding.

No idea, technique, or strategy will work for every person on the planet, but they can work for most people… if you believe that you can make them work! You have to be willing to not just think differently, but to also experiment with new ideas, techniques and strategies and trust that you’ll discover a way to make them work.”

We believe that it is possible for you to succeed beyond your wildest dreams. We believe that if you want better health or more happiness, or a more meaningful career that you can make those things happen.

However, if you don’t believe that it’s possible to make new things work, then it’s hard to make any progress. I don’t care how good the ideas, techniques, and strategies are, nothing will work for you if you don’t believe in it.

And more importantly, nothing will work if you don’t believe in yourself.

That is why it is critically important to surround yourself with positive, nourishing, and uplifting people… people who believe in you and encourage you to go after your dreams!”

What’s the reason you are not as successful as you want to be?

Is it because you don’t believe it is possible?

Are the people in the company you work with positive, nourishing, and uplifting?

Is the company giving you the support and encouragement you need to go after your dreams?

What are you going to do about it?

We are here to help you, support you, and encourage you!

All you have to do is call us! 877-297-4608

Jeremy Nason, RFC is the co-founder of the famous Insurance Pro Shop™ -“The first affordable, full-service insurance marketing and sales resource center for today’s Financial Pro, and Found Money Management™a system dedicated to helping Middle-Income Families to ‘Live Debt Free and Truly Wealthy!’ For more articles visit his blog!