CPSP Certification Blog

Day 21

If you have yet to start the CPSP Certification, I strongly suggest you start soon. With 2012 ending (and with the Mayan calendar interpretations of the world ending being proven wrong,) now is a great time to start the program.

I've blogged after completing weeks 1 and 2 in the past, and wanted to share my overall thoughts now that I am nearly 50% of the way through the certification process.

Time Commitment

I am busy. Very busy, in fact.

Not only do I own my own business, but I am also a husband, father of two, volunteer fire fighter, Vice President of my Fire Department, active in my community, an author, son, brother, friend and musician. Most of my days end with falling asleep while still working on something and with a list of unfinished items. (This list is much smaller now since I began using structured morning routines, however!)

When I was considering starting the CPSP certification, my first reaction was "when will I have time to give the training the time it demands?"

Well after 21 days, I can confidently say that the 15 minutes the certification exercises take me each day are well worth it. The lessons learned have not only made me much more focused, but have ended up freeing up hours of time each day once I implemented the lessons.

The time commitment concern was certainly an unfounded one.

The Main Focus

I am certainly not a CPSP expert (nor am I even certified as of the publishing of this article) but I do feel confident in my ability to share what I feel this certification's main focus items are. And unlike many other training programs I've gone through, the CPSP's areas are well integrated. Each area supports the others, making an improvement in one focus area an improvement in them all.

In essence, the main focus areas in the CPSP certification are Your Goals, Your Mindset, Your Actions and Your Role Models. The first 3 areas are not too surprising but the last one, Your Role Models, is.

I have long been a believer is finding a role model and learning as much about him or her as possible. I have several role models; at least 1 for each area of my life. If I want to improve in a life area or to learn a new skill, I find someone who is an expert in that area or has demonstrated mastery in a particular skill and learn what I can about them.

My role models have saved me a lot of time because I can learn what mistakes they made and what strategies worked for them as they moved towards success. While no one is responsible for my success or failure but me, my role models are of significant importance to my success. The funny thing is that I have never met any of my role models and, most likely, never will!

I've had role models that were in that "role" for a short as a few weeks and some that have been important to me for well over a decade. The important thing is having role models. And when I learned that role models were a part of the CPSP certification process, I was excited to revisit the value of having role models in my life.
Thomas Phelps
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Thomas Phelps is a professional life coach, focusing on small business owners, sales professionals and entrepreneurs. As a small business owner, Phelps works with clients around the world, providing both coaching and professional writing services.

Phelps is the creator of the "Essential Needs Sales Model" and has crafted a unique and highly effective sales coaching practice that helps turn struggling professionals into top achievers.

As a professional writer, Phelps has written countless articles on sales, management, personal development, business ownership and the pursuit of success. He is the Guide for Sales Careers on About.com, sales expert and featured author for the National Association of Sales Professionals (www.nasp.com) and works with businesses of all sizes in crafting compelling content that delivers results.

He is the author of two fiction novels and has ghost written two books for well known leaders in the personal development industry.

  • /data/userPictures/40529C0B-5A9C-4C09-BAF7-932DFD120A7A.jpgLu Wagner11/1/2013 12:13:00 AM
    what makes it so unique THOMAS? I would love to take the course!

  • /data/userPictures/40529C0B-5A9C-4C09-BAF7-932DFD120A7A.jpgLu Wagner11/1/2013 12:14:58 AM
    i see your take on the subject now...thanks for the write up.

  • /data/userPictures/C3411CCD-8FA1-4F25-BE8C-0D1CF6FCC575.jpgDavid Lovelace1/27/2016 8:36:10 AM
    At Day 9 in the program deception started to paralyze my thinking. It took a few hours to complete the day's lessons. Today, Day 10, I arose an hour earlier to get started with a fresh mind. I agree with your statement about he integration of the Program within all aspects of one's being is powerful!

  • /_ckcommon/images/blanks/userPicture.jpgEmily Hallman2/26/2020 3:09:38 PM
    Hi Thomas. At the beginning of the course I was also worried about how I would be able to make the time for this certification everyday, but after I got the gist of things I have been successfully able to make it work. Like you said, this program is great and has really helped me focus on myself.