Embrace The Struggle

Dad’s new book, Embrace The Struggle, is coming out the end of October.  I had the privilege of writing the forward to the book and I thought I would share it with you.  Chances are good that you are either in a struggle of your own right now or someone very close to you is struggling.  My prayer is that you will embrace your struggle and realize that God has a plan for you.

Embrace The Struggle

Zig Ziglar, my father, is in a struggle right now—a struggle so profound and so real that by sharing it with you, I believe you will be filled with hope and encouragement. The gift that God has given Dad is the gift of encouragement and the ability to transfer hope to others so that they can rise above whatever circumstance they are in. As Dad has always said, “Getting knocked down in life is a given. Getting up, starting from where you are and moving forward, is a choice.”

On March 7, 2007, our family experienced what Dr. James Dobson calls “a suddenly.” I was out of town when I got the call. I went numb as I listened to my sister Cindy’s voice. “Dad fell down the stairs. He has a serious head injury.” Suddenly, our family joined millions of other families facing similar circumstances, and life became very different. Dad, at eighty years of age, lost the vitality for which he was renowned, he no longer moved with the energy and agility of even a sixty-five-year-old man. Almost overnight he aged fifteen-plus years and, thus, began his struggle to live with and overcome the effects of a brain injury.

The next weeks were anxious ones as we figured out the impact of the accident and the possibilities for recovery. The calendar became filled with doctors’ appointments and more doctors’ appointments. Life was changing fast. But the amazing thing was that Dad’s attitude never changed. I knew that he hurt all over from falling down a sixteen-step staircase onto a marble floor. I could see that his balance was impaired and his short-term memory was “really short,” as he likes to say, but still he was as optimistic and, if possible, even more loving than before the fall. As usual, he was more concerned for us than he was for himself.

“Focus on what you can do, not what you can’t do.” I have heard Dad say that hundreds of times. “It isn’t what happens to you, but how you respond to what happens to you that makes the difference.” “Go as far as you can see, then you can see farther.” These are words my father has taught and words he lives by daily. And that is why I’m so excited about this book. Once again my father is using his circumstances, as unfortunate as they may be, to encourage others in their own struggles. As my sister Julie says, he is willing to be transparent, and he continues to write and speak because he wants to show his audiences that life on life’s terms is well worth living. Life may never be the same again, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be just as wonderful and fulfilling—in an entirely new and different way.

My wish for you as you journey through this book is that you will count your blessings until your gratitude bucket is full, and if you or someone you love is in a struggle, take courage and press on, because, as the Ziglar family has learned, it is in the depths of the struggle that God reveals His eternal blessings.

Embrace the Struggle,

Tom Ziglar Proud son of Zig Ziglar

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85 Comments on “Embrace The Struggle”

  1. Zip Daniels Says:

    Can’t wait for book to be out! often in life we are either headed into a struggle, in the middle of a struggle, or just coming out of one… In all cases… GOD IS THERE!
    Zig’s book will be a blessing to us all.

  2. Lestat Says:

    Thank you so much for your honesty. There is power in sharing.

    I needed to read this today. Our family is going through what seems a rather large season of change, and recently just begun to wallow in it. However, it pales in comparison.

    Sometimes I forget we aren’t the only ones on the planet, and aren’t the only ones who are struggling.

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Karen Says:

    Thank you for sharing this article of thought!
    I am totally onboard with you and your family’s approach to life! To keep from falling into the pity trap, it’s great to keep reaching out and helping others. We can focus on other people and give hopeful vibes to the environment around us.

    I have an aging grandmother and we too,often, talk about aging, death, after life, things that have went, and things that will be. It’s good to share those moments. They will be ones to hold onto in the down moments.

    I encourage you to stay in the current moment. It’s all we have. Tomorrow isn’t here yet. I pray you cherish your dad the way he is. Try not to look back to far, because he’s not that man anymore. He is the man today. Cherish the moments he had contributed. And allow him to be who he is today. Maria Shriver (Kennedy) had given Oprah that advice (see who your parent is today and allow them that privledge) when she spoke about her father having alzeimer’s.

    Continue to seek peace. And peace be with you. 🙂


  4. I never heard of the part where he fell before. I guess this is what he was recovering from. It’s good to know that he continues to live by the words he taught all these years. The new book sounds interesting, I’ll be looking out for it.

    Clinton

  5. Cindy Oates Says:

    I agree totally with Karen’s comment about staying in the current moment – it’s all we have. Those are words of wisdom, Karen. Thank you for reminding us!

  6. Gil Pizano Says:

    Thank you Tom, Cindy and Karen. This is indeed a very touching post and it is very true how we have to live life every moment and stay in the current moment. Every minute we have with our friends and loved ones is so precious. We often forget how precious and fleeting those moments when we only look towards the future that hasn’t come yet or focus on past events that can no longer change!

  7. Troy Pate Says:

    Sometimes our biggest breakthroughs and God’s impact on others comes through a struggle in our own lives or the ones we love. You can bet your boots when something touches the heart and life of Zig, it will be a story to be shared with everyone you care about to increase passion for health, happiness, hope and helping others.
    This might be his greatest book yet.

  8. Audrey Says:

    I had no idea your dad had been through this. My own mom, 75 years of age, was home recovering from a major surgery when she fell and broke her hip. It was back to E.R. for a 2nd surgery in about 3 weeks.

    There are some side effects from all of the drugs, but she is now back home and recovering one day at a time.

    I’ve been reading your dads words for years now.

  9. Jacob Nordby Says:

    Tom

    your father has the distinction of writing the very first EVER success book that I can remember being discussed when I was a small kid. Now almost 30 years later, I have read hundreds of such books and still value his “See You At The Top” in my top 10.

    Zig Ziglar has lived a powerful, exemplary life and I am one of the millions he has blessed.

    My prayers are with him and you all right now

    Jacob Nordby
    Austin, TX

  10. Sandie Says:

    Thank you for your prayers for us to embrace our struggles and realize God’s plan for us.

    We all want only the best for Zig and our hearts encouraged to hear Zig’s family is as close as you are in this difficult time.

    I will make it a point to remember as I journey through this book to count my blessings. I’ll pray for the Ziglar family to continue to take courage and press on, knowing it is in the depths of the struggle God reveals His eternal blessings.

    All God’s best.

  11. Phalgun Says:

    Life would have been different without Zig’s teachings. A man of honesty, integrity and wit, he has been a constant source of inspiration to my life.

    I truly do believe that God still has a lot of work for Zig to do in this world, and hence will have to grant him the best of health and happiness.


  12. Tom,

    I can’t tell you how much the books your father has written and the speeches he has made have affected my life. I admire him more and more each day for his humility to fall in the Father’s hands for everything in his life and even now.
    I will pray for him and his new struggle in life. We all have them and it is just as you wrote and he has said, “it’s a matter of getting up and moving forward”.

  13. Dr Wright Says:

    God bless you and your family and I wish a speedy recovery. I have enjoyed Zig’s books over the years and he has been a blessing to me. Your family is in my prayers.

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    The Wright Place TV Show
    http://wrightplacetv.com
    http://www.twitter.com/drwright1

  14. Becky Ree Says:

    Thank you for sharing. I look forward to the book. Give my best to your father. God is showing Himself strong on his behalf!

  15. Joe Says:

    Tom,

    Can you add an RSS Feed so I can follow you on my google reader? Thanks so much.

    Cheers,
    Joe

  16. Mary Doyon Says:

    I can not wait for this book to be available!!!! My prayers are with you all.
    Mary Doyon

  17. Ed Weaver Says:

    Tom,
    Am grateful to have known you and your Dad. Glad to hear that even in a struggle (which no one could ever imagine would happen to him), he still teaches us all. Thanks for being a son that would make a father proud and for sharing this with us.

    ew


  18. Hello Tom,

    Reading this message touched my heart profoundly. I have been a fan of your dad with real admiration. His message of hope is very dear to me because it is the message I give to people as they face a loss or transition. As I told you I have included quotes and comments of your dad in my book “Transform your Loss. Your Guide to Strength and Hope” because he has been an inspiration for many of us. My prayers are with you and your family. please tell your dad I send him my warmest regards.

    Ligia M. Houben

  19. Jeff Andersen Says:

    I have been a reader and doer of Ziglar’s thoughts for many years. My life has been blessed with his writings and teachings.
    May God continue to bless Zig and family during this challenging times.
    I look forward to another blessings in my life with the new book out in October.

    God Bless and Peace to All.

    Jeff

  20. John Siman Says:

    A few years ago my daughter was involved in a major
    car smash and also sustained serious head injuries.I
    have no doubt that faith in the greatest power of all
    will get your family through this challenge just as
    he did for mine.Thanks to your dad for the massive
    difference he has made to so many people’s lives,he is one of those rare human beings to attain icon status.

    • Tom Ziglar Says:

      John, we will be praying for you and your daughter as you embrace your own struggles. What a blessing to have faith! I don’t know how people make it without it!

  21. Ann Musico Says:

    What a blessing and encouragement your post is – and your dad’s life and attitude are! Who isn’t in a struggle of one sort or another? They may be different in magnitude – but the bottom line is, your dad has the right perspective. Things may change but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be wonderful in a different way. Thank you so much – both of you – for being so honest and open and transparent – that’s an amazing gift. I look forward to the book.

    • Tom Ziglar Says:

      Ann – thank you for your note, and encouragement regarding honesty and transparency. One of the things I admire most about Dad is his transparency. Dad teaches that “with integrity, you have nothing to fear because you have nothing to hide”. And if you have nothing to hide, why not be transparent? I think transparency may be one of the most powerful things a Christian can be – after all, if you are truly transparent then people don’t see you, they see the One who saved you.

  22. Donnie W Says:

    Tom And Zig,
    I look forward to the book release “Embrace The Struggle”. Leaning on the Lord during our struggles allows us to understand that all he wants is for us to be sold out to him during good and bad times. He is our savior, strength, hope, joy, provider. Without him we sure would sure be in trouble. I don’t know what tommorrow holds, but I know who holds tommorrow. Hope you are doing well.

    God Bless you and yours,
    Donnie W

    • Tom Ziglar Says:

      Right on Donnie! And because this belief is the core of what makes Dad who he is, he never worries and never complains. Makes life so much better when you decide not to worry and complain!


  23. Tom,

    I have enjoyed your Dad’s book since I was 17. (over 30 years ago) He is such a passionate man and even the way he looks at people when he talks to them, you can see that love and caring. He is so special. I know this new book of his will touch many lives as all his work has done. I so appreciate having known Mr. Zig Ziglar in my life.

    Warmly,
    Laura

    • Tom Ziglar Says:

      Laura – thank you for your kind words. Dad has spent almost his whole life loving and caring for others, and now so many are giving their love and caring back to him – which inspires him to love and care even more! Hmm, I think maybe Dad got it right years ago…lol!

  24. Mike Says:

    When my son experienced a head injury and had subsequent brain surgery one of our freinds sent us a card with the message “every moment a miracle, every day a new beginning” which described our life during this time. Your comment that life will never be the same but can be just as good was exactly what happened in our case, in fact it’s been even better because of the love he gives back to us.
    Best wishes to your dad for a rich and rewarding future, our prayers are very much with him.

    • Tom Ziglar Says:

      Mike – thank you for your powerful note of encouragement. You are so right and I agree with that card you were sent – what a blessing. Thank you for your prayers, and we will be praying for your family as well.

  25. Stan Kerlick Says:

    Tom,
    My father just turned 90 and everyday is a struggle for him. 98% of his energy has left and it is difficult to see someone who was always so strong to become so weak. My father is not unhappy and when he is able to speak he is kind and loving as always. I will keep Zig and your family in my prayers.

    The world needs more Zig Zigglar’s and his new book sounds like a real winner. I cannot wait to read it and get encouraged and motivated.

    May God bless, Stan Kerlick

  26. Joe Chesney Says:

    Tom,

    Thanks for sharing. Your father has been an inspiration in my life. My God’s Grace continue to watch over him and your family.

    God Bless

    Joe Chesney

  27. Dave Hollis Says:

    Tom,

    All my best to you and your family. I had the distinct pleasure of being immersed with your dad and the Redhead and yourself back in 1982 when we shared 4 days in Steamboat Springs…even got to play golf on that wonderful mountain course. Zig should know that weekend was a changing point in my life and I will always have him to thank.

    My Best.

    Dave

  28. Dan Creamer Says:

    Zig,
    I have been a fan for more years then I care to enumerate. May you be blessed with a full recovrey so that we may continue to be blessed with your wisdom and humor.

  29. Candy Newman Says:

    Tom and Zig,(Please keep reading, this is not an ad)
    I have wanted to somehow get a message to Zig for almost 2 months now. This is my chance to do that. I’m sure Zig will remember a company called Reliv International. Robert L Montgomery is the President and CEO. I’m pretty sure I heard him say that he has had conversations with Zig before. I heard about Reliv in September 2008. I am a caregiver to a person who has Huntington’s Disease. He has improved so much on the Reliv products that we no longer use a wheel chair for him and he can feed himself again also. These products are the best nutrition products on the planet. Anyway, because of being involved with Reliv, I have been among Christians. I haven’t been able to go to church for a very long time because of being a caregiver. Well, I didn’t really want to because of something that happened to me in my youth. But being around Christian people kind of grows on a person. Then in July of this year I received notice that Zig Ziglar was going to be in East Lansing, Mi. I had the privilege of attending a Zig Ziglar seminar in the late 90’s in Grand Rapids, Mi. I loved him then and I STILL LOVE HIM!!! So I, of course wanted to attend this event in East Lansing. So I called some of my Reliv friends and a couple of them and myself did attend it. During this event they said that there was a free CD of Zig’s life that anyone could pick up out in the hallway. So I got one and listened to the whole thing that night. I listen to it every chance I get. Because of this CD and being involved with Reliv, on August 29, 2009 I accepted Christ into my heart and into my life. I credit the CD for my deciding to do this on this day. I more than likely would have done it sooner or later. But the CD definitely had a very HUGE impact on my decision. I LOVE IT!!! Thank you, Zig for having this CD made. In fact, I would also like to know if I can buy some to have on hand to give to people or just in case something happens to mine, I want to always have one. Tom, Please have Zig read this email. I want him to know that I am a happy Christian because of his CD. Well, I do have some struggles of course, my husband for one. The devil is more than likely in him trying to get at me. But It isn’t going to work!

    Thank You and my best wishes to Zig and to you, Tom.

    Sincerely,
    Candy Newman, Mt Pleasant, Mi 989-621-7477

    • Tom Ziglar Says:

      Candy – wow! You made my day. I am so grateful that Dads message helped you find Christ. If you want more of those cd’s you can contact us at 800-527-0306 and you can get a free download of the cd by joining our free newsletter at http://www.ziglar.com Just click on the free button. I also want to say that I agree with you 100% on the Reliv product and company. Dad takes it every day and it is the only nutritional product that we have found that helps him.

  30. Tom Phillips Says:

    Zig, I wish you well! I am sure your attitude towards life will make any of life’s hurdles seem small. I have just retired from the military and after 20 years of serving I have decided to begin a new career in sales to continue my service. Your books, faith and daily emails, and tweets, help keep me positive during a great and exciting new life. Thank you for all you do!
    Tom

    • Tom Ziglar Says:

      Thanks for your comments Tom. One of the things that amazes me about Dad is that he so focused on what he CAN do and what he NEEDS to do that he never gives a second thought to what he can’t do and what he used to be able to do. See you on Twitter!


  31. Hi Tom, I met your dad some 30 years ago in NSA and also did shared the platform in Perth, Australia some decades ago, i read with sadness that he fell from stairs however, though physically, he may be restrained,but spiritually, i believe he is still the same old Zig. Keep trusting our Lord, Jesus Christ, He is the real comforter after all.
    David Goh, Malaysia

    • Tom Ziglar Says:

      David – you are 100% right! In fact, because his dependence on Him has to be more, Dad is in the best spiritual shape of his life. Thank you for your love and prayers.


  32. Hi Tom,

    Thanks for sharing.
    God bless you and your family.
    I wish a speedy recovery for your father.
    Expecting the book to be released.

    Thanks,
    Kannan


  33. Dear Zig, Tom & Family,

    I’ve read several of Zig’s books, purchased and listened to several of Zig’s sales, personal development and goal setting cds (and cassettes) over the years. I actually was listening to his 7 keys to successful selling this morning because we have been struggling lately with our business because my wife has been ill with lymphoma (cancer of the lymphatic system) and has just been taken out of remission and the only way that I know to get out of the problems and get into the solutions is to sell myself, our doctors and family on the idea of embracing the struggles that we face rather than acting upon reactions. I had the opportunity to see Zig live in Shreveport, LA at his last Top Performance Seminar and I saw him shortly after his head injury at the last Get Motivated seminar. My and my families prayers are with you, Zig and your family as I know how difficult some struggles can be. I really am grateful to Zig for his years of dedication to success in the selling profession, personal achievement, and spiritual development. He has made dramatic impact on my life directly and helped to save my career many times when I was having difficulties in “Positive Believing” in the face of adversity. THANK YOU ZIG!!!!

    • Tom Ziglar Says:

      Thanks Jason! It’s pretty much a given that struggles will come. You mentioned something that is key – the more your fill your mind with the good stuff every day, the better you will prepared to handle the struggle when it comes. Every day for the last 30 plus years Dad has studied and read the good stuff, so now in this immense struggle he is in his brain and his attitude are only doing what he has trained them to do – face each day head on and with gratitude.

  34. Beazer Says:

    Howdy Mr. & Mr. Ziglar,
    You are both in my thoughts daily. Thanx for all you have done & will do. Add my name to the list of lives you have touched. Thanx again. I’m pullin’ for ya both.
    Beaz


  35. Dad is an extraordinary human being! We have never actually met, but I consider him not just a trainer/mentor/coach but a personal friend! There is no one like him on earth and there are no imitators! He’s ONE IN A MILLION! Take care of him, may he have as speedy a recovery as possible. There are millions that love, honor, and admire him! There are millions who have laughed to the point of tears at his training stories! There are millions of business people whose financial situations have blossomed because of Zig. Please remind him of these things. I pray for a smooth and speedy recovery. I pray that the Ziglar family has the strength to keep each other together. Thank you for sharing such intimate detailed information with total strangers-who are really extended Ziglar family! Agape love, Diane/NYC.

    • Tom Ziglar Says:

      Diane – thanks for your prayers, and for reminding me how special he is! Seeing him go through this struggle has been tough, but I have also learned more from Dad in the last 2 years than in the previous 42 years.

  36. Adri Says:

    Your words have been beyond inspiring to me and to every one in my company. I am sorry to hear what has happen. It amazes me how any one can stay optimistic through times of these sorts for you guys. You are a blessing to others. Thank you for being inspiration. You will be in my prayers. God bless!

    • Tom Ziglar Says:

      Adri – thanks for your prayers and for spreading the Ziglar message to your company. It is true that life can be very tough, but as Dad says, “How we respond is a choice” There is only upside when you respond positively.

  37. Andy Munshi Says:

    Hi Zig & Tom,

    I don’t know how much I owe to you both. You’re a true source of encouragement to us just like millions of people around the world. You’re so fortunate to have lord’s mercy on you to change the life of people and fill them with hope, love and positive attitude; fulfilling all good dreams. Your well wisher. Andy.


  38. Zig:

    I started listening to your tapes when I was 25, going through a divorce and a single mother of 2. I had a successful career at the time. I made a commitment – I was going to “SEE YOU AT THE TOP”! You inspired me, gave me a reason to become ethical and wise and do the right thing for all the right reasons. You taught me how to write down goals and make things happen. I lived in a small town in a Colorado mining community and one of my goals was to meet you somehow, somewhere within 5 years.

    I did meet you a couple of years later in Salt Lake City at a convention. You signed a picture of my daughter and her 4-H steer (seems corny now, but it’s still fantastic). Your program really works! When things got tough, I always turned to your tapes and books looking for answers for my career and personal life.

    In March of 1998, I was assaulted which resulted in a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. I spent the next 3 years in every kind of rehab you can think of – cognitive, physical therapy, balance therapy, vision etc. I had to learn to crawl again. I was on so many prescription drugs and pain killers I didn’t know myself and I don’t remember too much during those 3 years. I had a headache every day of my life with no end in sight.

    What I do remember is this. I was a single mother (had been for many years by then) and my family did NOT understand what was wrong with me. I was fired from my job, my younger sister died from breast cancer at 34 years old and three little boys. There is so much I don’t remember how I got through it, other than praying and God watching over myself and my young teenagers (and their horses and 4-H steers of course). I could not read and comprehend, but I could listen to tapes and books on tape. Retaining information was very difficult. But I knew down deep I had a choice. I kept choosing and praying for God to give me back my brain, and bring me pain relief.

    What I learned was that when you can’t remember your responsibilities and what you should be doing, there is no stress (besides, my head hurt too bad to worry or stress). For the first time in my life, I understood a deeper peace with no worry. One cannot worry about something you can’t remember. I used to joke about it. It was like God saying “Be still and know God”.

    My oldest daughter (14), bless her heart, took control. She organized my bills, wrote out the checks, I would sign them and she mailed them. (She how is 25, married, 2 children and runs an extremely successful hair salon).

    In the meantime, I was the only single parent I knew that got to stay home with their teenagers! They started rodeoing and both ran for their local fair & rodeo queen. The oldest daughter tried out 3 years in a row, finally won and she met wonderful role models including Miss Rodeo America and rode in Cheyenne Frontier Day’s Grand Entry. I began to embrace the situation. The next year she handed her crown to her younger sister. Not without incident though. Immediately before the rodeo, I was walking across the parking lot and some kids playing volleyball spiked the ball and it hit me in the back of the head knocking me flat on the pavement. Within minutes, I suffered a grand mall seizure. The great thing about small towns is the half the Fair board committee, the local lawyer and the bank president ushered me into the ambulance. The rodeo was scheduled to begin, but the contestants, crowds and relatives were stunned at the incident and stalled the commencement to be sure the Lord didn’t take me home right then and there. When I became conscience, the girls were crying in the ER. When they explained the rodeo was being held until they knew my condition, and literally hundreds of people were waiting, I told them to get on their horses and the rodeo must go on! (The bad thing is about head injuries, that seizures are always a concern and once you have them, then you are prone to a seizure disorders.)

    Finally, 5 years later I had neck surgery. A great part of my pain was from 2 discs that after years turned black because of nerve damage. Finally, after few months after my first neck surgery I could ride my horse (my balance was better and the pain was tolerable) VICTORY!!!!! I did however, come out of surgery with seizures which broke some of my hardware in my neck. So, less than a year later, more neck surgery was necessary to secure the new vertebrae and a bone graph from my hip bone to promote healing. We were also finding out more what was triggering my seizures, and able to avoid them immediately after surgery the second time around. Migraines eased to less than every day, but still 10-15 a month.

    Less than 2 months later, I rode my horse for almost 5 hours before I realized, I hadn’t been horseback for that length of time for 7 years. With that realization, a new dream was born. I was told the Christopher Reeves story until I was sick and most of my doctors said I should never ride again and sell my horses. But I made a decision. When I look out my window, my horses the one thing that makes me want to get up no matter how I feel. I want to prove to myself that I have a bigger will to beat the odds, and not only ride, but do something great. That was June 2004.

    Now it is October 2009. I haven’t had a seizure for 3 years this month (one celebrates these things). Migraines and pain are still frequent visiters; just enough to make every good day a GREAT DAY. I’ve time warped here, but I’ll write my story another time to fill the gap. My grandson and I started showing in the American Paint Horse Association circuit for the first time in February 2009. I’m 46 and he’s 3 years old. I’ve never shown a horse at this high level of competition before in my whole life. I showed in a reining class (which is a rapid paced pattern event). This entails riding at a rapid speed and memorization of a reining pattern. SUCCESS! I’ve overcome my biggest fear – pattern memorization! My horse broke the pattern, reared up and disqualified. My trainers congratulated me and gave me huge hugs and we were teary eyed; for they know the long 11 year road I’ve been down for this very day. I left the ring smiling. Other trainers, participants and judges couldn’t figure out why we are celebrating. WE DID IT!!!!! Meanwhile, my 3 year old grandson (whom I have custody and am now raising fulltime) showed in his class. He was riding a big paint horse, sitting high in the saddle holding his reins while I led him. He was in a class with 5 other girls who were older (up to 8 years old) and knew what they are doing. We, however, were not experienced, not polished, but laughed and talked to one another the whole time. He placed last in his class. But we won – big time.

    After the show, I started showing a different discipline on a different horse. In less than one month, we won 2nd in Western Pleasure, my very first time. Since then, I’ve won several classes, won a circuit championship and so has my grandson. We are both getting better and better. I don’t always win and I mess up, but I practice and try hard. My trainers are so committed; they have changed the way they train because of my different learning style (you can get everything you want, if you help enough other people get what they want). They are so awesome! The best news is, after all these years, I got married August 1, (horseback, of course), to an incredible person that is an incredible encourager, supporter and has a wonderful sense of humor.

    Zig, I tell you this, because everyone needs encouragement. No one knows head injuries better than people that have been through them. Very few people pick themselves up and beat the odds. You helped me for more than 20 years and continue to help me. Thank you so much for continuing to live by your tried and true beliefs.

    I’m a very different person than I was 11 years ago. I’m better in so many ways and wiser. I’m still easily distracted; I loose my keys several times a day, and forget important things all the time. I write lists and loose them. I can still hide my own Easter eggs. But every day, I get better and better. I educated myself, got away from people who did not support “getting better”. One of my doctors said I’m in better health than most people with head injuries half my age. He said my file is twice the size of any other patient; I went through his program longer, had to driver further than anyone and stuck with it. He said it’s unbelievable I’m doing what I’m doing and I inspire him.

    It’s attitude. Embrace life, laugh, and run with your dreams!

    I can’t wait for your book!

    • Tom Ziglar Says:

      Wow Francine! Very inspiring. You have truly Embraced the Struggle! When is your book coming out? (lol). I forward all of these comments to my family and I know Dad will be smiling big time when he reads your story. My sister Julie, who is a horse person by the way, wrote the book Embrace the Struggle with Dad. I have a strong feeling she will be contacting you. Thanks again for your story, I know it will make the difference in someone’s life.


      • I look forward to hearing from her and in the meantime, I’m going to talk to my girls and get their “now view” on things…between chasing grandkids!

  39. Pragnya Says:

    It’s been a pleasure & treasure receiving the Ziglar Weekly News letter. I have read the book “See You at the Top”…… It’s nice to know about the arrival of the new book “Embrace the Struggle”.

    I wish early recovery of your father and waiting to hear from you about his well being.

    Way of thinking gets tuned in positive direction & mind becomes peaceful on reading his quotes and going through his authored books is full encouragement. It’s lifts us up……

    Regards,
    Pragnya

  40. Marty Ritzke Says:

    Dear Tom,

    You certainly are blessed to have such an awesome father. I am so thankful for all that your father has done for me. I have been, and will always be interested in sharing the messages he has taught us. We all have had some sort of trouble/trauma and challenges in life. I’ve had my share. Your father’s inspitational and fun outlook on life has had a tremendous impact my life. To share his messages is important to me. In my writings, Get The Most Out of Life Before It Gets The Most Out of You, and Life’s Absurdities . . . If I Wasn’t Laughing, I’d Be Crying, I am sharing with others ways to make the most out of life’s circumstances. Your dad is a pro at this. My warmest wishes are sent to you and Zig. I will be keeping him in my prayers, along with the rest of your family.

    Marty Ritzke


  41. Hi Tom,

    Incidentally, I was just reading again the book titled Secrets of Closing the Sale by your dad and I never stopped wondering what goes through his mind. He embodies what I would love to represent when I am much older. My love to him and I pray the Infintely Wise God will take care of him….All the best and please keep us posted. God will carry you through

  42. Debbie Homesley Says:

    I was first introduced to the “Zig Ziglar” world back in the eighties at a motivational seminar at the United Center in Chicago. I have to tell you, I walked out of there three feet higher off the ground then i did when I arrived. I knew then that your dad Ziz was a good man and one that I admire from then on I have read articles books and listened to his CD’s all of which I find very inspirational and motivational. I recently attended a seminar in Rockford, IL and you, your sister and Zig were there, again very inspirational. I feel God brought him into my life (indirectly) for a reason. I use his materials in my job pretty much on a daily basis, I work for a bank and I’m in charge of retail sales for a group of 18 people and they are now inspired by his leadership sales materials. Thank you and God Bless you Tom for keeping his good name, his work and materials so alive… Debbie

    • Tom Ziglar Says:

      Thank you Debbie! It is a blessing to travel with Dad. As I said in Rockford, I have learned more from Dad these last two years than in my entire life. I have seen him embrace his struggle, and continue doing what he loves doing by adapting and doing what he can, rather than worrying or complaining that he can’t do it the way he did things in the past. Because of this his messages of hope and encouragement are reaching people he has never reached before.

  43. Hisham Says:

    Dear Tom,

    I am speachless after seeing so much back and forth love and prayers, am a recent big fan of your fathers work, please tell him that he is an artist who painted people’s life with peace, love and understanding.

    May Allah be with you and all your family,

    sincerely,

    Hisham El Ansari

  44. ALECIA Says:

    JUST WANTED TO SAY HI TO ZIG. HOPE YOU ARE MAKING IT A GREAT DAY!
    I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW HOW MUCH I HAVE ENJOYED YOUR TAPES AND BOOKS OVER THE YEARS. I HAD THE PLEASURE TO SEE YOU IN PERSON ABOUT 16 YEARS AGO AT A RETREAT IN ARIZONA. THE EXPERIENCE WAS TOTALLY AWESOME! YOU HAVE TOUCHED SO MANY LIVES. THANKS FOR BEING YOU. SEE YOU AT THE TOP!!


  45. Love your post, Tom, and can’t wait to read the book. Your first quote is now a new favorite of mine. God calls us to keep moving forward with Him, even when we feel we’ve fallen and can’t get up! There is great blessing in choosing to answer this call. Thanks for sharing.

    Make it a great day for Him!

  46. Cathy Elliss Says:

    Thank you Tom for your post.

    This is very special for me right now as the Senior Pastor, Phil Baker, at Riverview Church has been having his own struggle and has only recently begun learning to talk again amongst other skills that most of us take for granted.

    To hear stories like this are inspiring – I have forwarded this newsletter with the article onto one of the other pastors there. I will add your dad to my prayer list.


  47. Absolutely wonderful! Mr. Ziglar is presenting himself to some, and introducing himself to others! A true blessing to all mankind.

    My mom once told me, “With every dream there is a struggle. But, through the struggle there is a victory.” I’m writing my first book off of this statement.

    Mr. Ziglar, keep on keeping on! You’re adored by many people.

    -Matthew Newman

  48. Jane Denning Says:

    Hello Tom – Very exciting to know your father’s book is coming out in October. Hope you have some copies available at your Get Motivated Seminar in Orlando FL on Nov. 10. Also very good to know your father is able to make the trip. Justin called yesterday from GM to see if my club, Ovideo of Florida Federation of Women’s Clubs as an alumni of Get Motivated wanted tickets for Nov. 10 – ordered 12 and tomorrow I call for more tickets as our volunteers are excited about attending and will look for the book. Hope you and your sister come to Orlando Tom.

    • Tom Ziglar Says:

      Jane – you will have an awesome time at the seminar. The best way to get the book will be either on Amazon or at your local book store. This is best because we want it to be on the best seller list, and this will help us a great deal.

  49. C. Keith Hawkes Says:

    Tom, I’m looking forward to the book. I’ve been an avid reader of Zig’s books for over 20 years. Last December, my wife, Sandra, and I had the opportunity to have dinner with Zig, Jean and Julie in Austin. What an experience!

    C. Keith Hawkes
    Beaumont, Texas


  50. God bless Zig–He is and has been our sales manager for many years–Keep it up Zig.


  51. Dear Zig ,

    I am shocked to read today in Toms note that you had a very bad accident.

    I know for fact that you have inspired many millions of people around the world including myself and within no time you will pull yourself out of this.

    I will be praying all the millions of Indian Gods for your speedy recovery.

    Anil

  52. Dan Says:

    Tom, Give your father and your family our prayers. Mr. Ziglar changed my life over a decade ago when I was given a set of his motivational/Sales tapes. Again your father has changed my life with his Motivation for Christion living downloads.I pray that when my family and I are called by the lord that we are in the same part of heaven as Mr.Ziglar and his family.
    Your FatherSaved me from an early Death and Inspired me to build a strong Life and beautiful Family.

    God Bless,
    Dan

  53. Jason Says:

    Zig has taught me so much in the last 3 years through the inspire podcast, his books, and the newsletter. I read my self-talk card in the morning and at night, and I work on ways to enhance my character by developing skills listed on the self-talk card. I have experienced a tremendous amount of growth as a result of adopting all the recommendations Zig makes. I appreciate everything I have received from the Ziglar corporation – it is all wonderful material. I love the webinars and look forward to webcasts I will attend. Tom, thanks for all the good info and thank all those at the Zig Ziglar Corporation for the great job they are doing. You all are doing a marvelous job and you have made a tremendous impact in my life and, as a result, my family’s life.

    God Bless,
    Jason


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