During my day job’s busiest season, every store in the area was encouraged to take up what was called a ‘Viking Mentality’. This was partly for fun and gave us a theme to play with as we worked the season. Every store in the area took photos of staff in costume for our yearly charity calendar. Despite the fun aspect, it was mainly employed to inspire us to tap into our selling ‘Killer Instinct’ to make every sale count.
This was all started by someone reading a blog post by Bjørn Andreas Bull-Hansen. Upon reading a printed version of this blog post, I was indeed inspired! Not just in making every sale count; but more importantly, I found this applies to life in general.
Bull-Hansen does write that this way of thinking won’t be for everyone, but it resonated with me and I took it to heart. I have reworked some of the tenets as I didn’t want my interpretations to copy his…. that and these are what I understood them to say. I already do some of these and I’m working on others:
Be Courageous – Nothing is accomplished without action. Believe in yourself.
Never Give Up – If you want something enough, what are you going to do to get it?
Seek Wisdom – learn from your mistakes as well as the knowledge of others.
Seek Challenges – If we do not push ourselves, then how do we achieve?
Respect Others and Yourself – Offer respect to all and make yourself respectable. (Aka- Don’t be a dick!)
Take Opportunities – If an opportunity presents itself, seize it! You’ll only have yourself to blame.
Value Loyalty – If you don’t have loyalty in those close to you or even to yourself, what do you have?
Let Your Actions Speak For You – It’s all very well saying what you’re going to do, but what did you actually do?
Live the Life You Want -What’s it going to be?
Turn Disadvantages into Advantages – Turn your situation around, whatever the difficulty. Aka “Quit yer bitchin’ sort yourself out and make some good.”
In Bull-Hansen’s original post there are only seven tenets, but he has written a whole series on this subject. Could these apply to you? Do you think you could/should adopt a ‘Viking Mentality’?