Motivational Misconceptions and other Self-Help Things That Are Not 100% True
Zig Ziglar (Dad) may be the most quoted person in the world. He is also one of the most misquoted people in the world. Here are a few “misconceptions” about things that he talks about, and gets misquoted on.
“If you can dream it, you can achieve it.” Or, “Whatever the mind can conceive, and you believe, you can achieve.” Well, Dad never said either one of these things. First off, by themselves, they are not true. For example, I often dream about dunking on Shaq in the morning and then smoking Tiger Woods in the afternoon. Trust me on this: not gonna happen. Even if I had this “dream” at three years old and worked 12 hours a day on it my whole life, it’s not gonna happen. (Although secretly I believe I could take Tiger; just don’t tell him because I hear he laughs pretty loudly.)
So what does Dad say? He says, “A positive attitude will let you do everything better than a negative attitude will,” and he says that until you dream what you want and then set a plan in place to get it, it is very unlikely you are going to achieve your dream. “How can you hit a target you don’t have?” is Dad’s quote.
Another famous quote of Dad’s is this: “The economy is neither good nor bad ‘out there.’ It is either good or bad between your own two ears.’” His point is that until you get your thinking right, you don’t have a chance. He says, “Life is tough, but the tougher you are on yourself, the easier life will be on you.” In other words, the economy (or anything else you can think of) is likely against you, but until you get your thinking right, and then work hard with a lot of discipline and integrity, it is unlikely you are going to be very successful.
Why do I bring up these “nits”? Because if you really, truly believe that all you have to do is “dream and believe,” then you are likely headed for a huge failure. Your dreams must be based on reality and backed up with incredibly hard work, discipline, and character. Like Dad says, if Shaq decided he wanted to become a jockey and win the Kentucky Derby, he would have a better chance if he carried the horse!