Looking for performance phrases to land a promotion or new clients for your business? In today’s economic climate, you may not be that ambitious. Maybe you’re just trying to save your own job. Having the right performance phrases is the key to your success.

The bible tells us a story of a performance appraisal. In the book of Daniel, we read about Daniel, who is literally slaving away hard at his new job. He soon confronts a problem. He has a personal problem with the working conditions. In his case, it is the food he’s given to eat. But in modern-day terms, it might be something like the uniform you may be given to wear.

Daniel goes to the human resources manager, who carefully considers the situation. But he turns him down and says it is company policy.

Does this sound familiar? It happens in companies all the time. Maybe you’re experiencing something similar in your company.

Most employees, I’m afraid to say, don’t really handle this situation well. They either give up and go work somewhere else, or they rebel against the work rules and have to be terminated.

What Daniel does is interesting. He goes to his immediate supervisor and asks for a very small test. It is a test that is so insignificant that it is very reasonable request. It isn’t the test that is important, but that Daniel asks to be compared against his work-mates and to receive punishment if he fails to live up to the company standards.

Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days. Daniel 1:11-14 (NIV)

That is really unique. Most people don’t want to be compared against the people around them. They actually fear “exposure.” Does that sound like a government-employee to you? These are the type of people that try to hide behind seniority and hope that no one notices their lack-luster performance. As long at they are producing the same amount as those around them, they feel safe.

People that rise to the top want to be held up and compared to others. But asking for punishment, as Daniel did, is something only the really confident are able to pull off. It is what really gets you noticed. And you can’t be promoted unless you get noticed.

This is not only true of employees, but it happens to companies too.

What about your company’s performance? Are you willing to be compared to your competitors? Are you willing to have an apples-to-apples comparison to see how you stack up? Is this a performance phrase that you can use?

You should be able to invite scrutiny, analysis and evaluation of your performance. It can be scary, but it will force you to become the best in your industry. And it is how you make money, God’s Way!

Biblical Marketing Strategies

It is also a great marketing tactic if you can live up to it.

Most companies can’t. So they switch to competing on “price.” And I’m sure you’ve seen those advertisements that say “compare our prices to the competition; we’ll beat any advertised prices.”

What do you think of those companies? You know that they aren’t very good, and you’ll take advantage of them. You’ll only shop with them if they have the lowest price that day. But you have no loyalty to them. You’d just as soon as go across the city and shop somewhere else if they have a better deal.

Wouldn’t you rather have loyal customers that would shop with you, even if your prices were higher? Now that is something that I strive for in my business, and over the last 15 years, I’ve developed a strategy to do just that. It works!

If you would like to know what this strategy is, I’m giving it away for free! It is a 9-chapter e-book delivered to your email, and it that describes how to sell your products at higher prices on the internet. Just sign up to my newsletter, and you’ll get this as a free bonus.

I invite your scrutiny on this e-book. See if it doesn’t help you get more business coming in, and at higher margins because you’re able to sell at higher prices. Go ahead, test me. If I fail to live up to your high ideals, fire me. Take your eyes someone else and read someone else’s newsletter.

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Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

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  • http://www.babysittingworld.com Lisa McLellan

    I was always happy to be compared to those around me when I worked for a large insurance company in Boston, because I knew I was the best by far. I was once told that although I was the best in the department, I wouldn’t get a raise because I made more than the other employess. Well, I made more than they did because I had excelled for years and so I hadn’t gotten bigger raises. Now, they had just removed my initiative to work hard.

    Lisa McLellan
    Babysitting Services, Nanny Services, and Nanny agencies

  • http://www.yourchanceforromance.com Sonya Lenzo

    Companies de-incentiveize employees when they do to them what happened to Lisa above. I had the same thing happen to mewhen I was working for a large ins.co. But my boss was smart. He asked me if there was anything BESIDES money that he could give me. And we decided that what I would really like at that time was more time off….so that’s what he did.
    Sonya Lenzo
    http://www.yourchanceforromance.com

  • http://www.scottbellconsultant.com Scott Sylvan Bell

    Tim without measurement nothing can be gained. It may hurt at times to another person or company but real growth rarely comes without some sort of sacrifice. I think that one of the problems that people have now is that they want \instant\ results that comes with no hard work or pain. We live in a world of pills and applications that do all of the work for us without having to break a sweat. Lastly I would have to agree that for some reason people are obsessed with lowering their price and going out of business instead of working with a purpose and developing a strategy.
    Scott Sylvan Bell
    Now go implement!

  • http://quiltingcolorsandfun.com Peggy Larson

    Not being a bible reader, I’m curious, what happened in the Daniel story?

    Peggy Larson
    Quilting – Colors and Fun!

  • http://www.simplesurvivalguide.com Rob Northrup

    I am really enjoying your 9 chapter ebook on how to sell at higher prices.

    There is a ton of great information in there, and I encourage everyone to sign up now… this free gift has more value than most things that people are selling for $50 or $100.

    Seize the Day,
    Rob

    Simple Family Survival Tips For Disasters and Emergencies

  • http://www.ColumbiaSafetyProducts.com Mike Norris

    I think most people don’t want to be compared to people around them because they are afraid of the comparison. They may be on the losing end and they do not want to heat that.

    Mike

    http://www.ColumbiaSafetyProducts.com

  • Dewayne Chriswell

    It’s interesting Tim, Daniel didn’t ask to be evaluated on the basis of his annual performance, but asked to be evaluated on a given specific set of criteria to meet, not to be rated in terms of overall performance and generalizations. It makes the interesting point when you want to prove yourself, make sure you understand the criteria and it’s understood by all, then there’s no debate when the results are examined. A great marketing strategy? Absolutely.

    http://dewaynechriswell.com

  • http://successfulsalestools.com bryan

    I’m excited to get the ebook. I don’t mind being compared..after all that’s know you know you have done for and your hard work hopefully will be rewarded.

  • http://www.ThingsToDoForFreeIn.com Michelle Mason

    I also don’t mind being compared to others in terms of working. If I am found slacking, I hope to be called on it. Without comparison and feedback, there is no way to improve.

    Michelle
    Fun and Free Activities

  • http://TheSuccessSecrets.net Michael D Walker

    I’d like to know what the outcome was of Daniel’s test too!

    Michael
    The Success Secrets

  • http://www.stemcelltherapyresearch.com Mike Casey

    I think this is great. Healthy competition keeps everyone held accountable. you should give everything you do 110%. This is a very good passage from the bible that I am familiar with, but never thought to apply this way.

    Mike Casey
    http://www.stemcelltherapyresearch.com

  • http://www.aprilbraswell.com/christiandatingandrelationshipexpert.html Christian Dating Expert

    Hi Tim,

    The experience and the value we provide specifically is what matters most, isn’t it? People still want that relationship with a particular person and specific business after all these years.

    Happy Dating and Relationships,

    April Braswell
    Christian Dating Expert and Coach

  • http://www.EslLessonUsingSocialMedia.com Eileen O’Neill

    Tim,

    A wonderful modern look at this story of Daniel – well done! and with great application to our modern day and age.

    Eileen
    How To Do YouTube Marketing

  • http://dtingguruhq.com michael

    What happened in the story of Daniel?

    that’s a good cliff hanger but I would like to know what happened to him.

    I really like the part about competiting on quality.

    It’s frustrating to lose to a competitior on price when you know you offer better quality.

    Michael
    http://datingguruhq.com