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CAT Scan

January 6, 2010

The first day of work at Ziglar in 2010 had a few twists in it.
Picked up Dad at 7:00 a.m. so that we could get an early start; attending our 8:00 a.m.  company devotions, which was awesome, as usual.

Learned at 8:30 that our phone system was down.  Learned a little later our hard drive crashed on the computer so while the phones are working, all of the needed features like voice mail are not!  Suddenly 2010 feels like 1975!

Mom picks up Dad at 10:00 a.m. to go home.  As Cindy and I head out to lunch at 11:30, Mom calls and says Dad is very dizzy.  We head over to Mom and Dad’s place instead.

Mom calls Dad’s doctor who put the brain shunt in last year to relieve his hydrocephalous.  They order a CAT scan ASAP.  We borrow a wheelchair for Dad and head down to the hospital.  (Dad is absolutely loving the attention, as he feels totally normal except when he tries to stand up.)

Arrive at the CAT scan place at 1:15 p.m.  Get checked in, and they promise to work us in.  It’s packed and I am thinking they are running some sort of “start the new year with an X-Ray special”!  Everybody in the room is so nice and courteous.
Dad needs to go to the men’s room and I get elected to help. (Still can’t believe Mom and Cindy voted for me!)

I help Dad, since his balance is way off.  I ask him if he would like some privacy and he says yes, so I turn off the bathroom light. It’s pitch black, as we both laugh in the darkness!  (Side note: Dad has always been able to laugh in the dark.)

Amazingly, when we come out they are ready for us.  They ask Dad a list of 50 questions about his medical history, and Mom gets 48 of them right!  Cindy and I correct the other two.  Dad somehow manages to make a funny comment or joke about almost every question.

We are moved to another waiting area.  Two different “higher ups” check in on us.  The service really is amazing at Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center at Presbyterian Hospital on Walnut Hill in Dallas.  Had a very nice conversation with Debbie Merten, the Technical Director.  Turns out she trained one of our staff development programs in the 1990’s when she was at Saint Paul Hospital in Dallas.  No wonder the customer service is so good!

(Side note:  Saint Paul Hospital is where my sister Suzie lost her battle against pulmonary fibrosis in 1995, and Debbie was teaching our program at that time.  I can’t tell you how it made our family feel when we went through that time with Suzie and having the hospital staff treat us like family.)

At 2:00 p.m. they take Dad back for the CAT scan.  Mom rides shotgun.

At 2:15 they come back, all done!

In Ziglar tradition we do the only logical thing, we head to IHOP for some FOOD!  The thought of Harvest Grain pancakes drives the dizziness from Dad’s body and he returns to normal (or I guess whatever is normal for Zig Ziglar).

Arrive at IHOP about 3:00.  Dad doesn’t need the wheelchair anymore.  We laugh as we eat gi-normous omelets with pancakes.

At 3:45 the phone rings with the results.  All good, nothing wrong with the shunt, and most likely a little inner ear problem or a lingering effect of the fall from a few years ago.

On the way home from IHOP Dad informs us that his next book is going to be on encouragement, since so many people are down right now.  Life is back to normal.

Drop Mom and Dad off and Cindy takes me back to the office to get my car.

Still have a 1975 phone system at the office, but I don’t care.


Life Lessons from the Struggle

December 12, 2009

This question came in from a Success 2.0 Webcast

“What is the most valuable life lesson you learned from this experience?”

James, there are a couple of valuable lessons that Dad and I have talked about regarding going through this intense health struggle.

First is how important it is to have the home court advantage.  Our family has really pulled together and rallied around Dad and his needs, helping him to recover and prosper.  This didn’t happen by accident, it is the result of the many “family seeds” that Mom and Dad have planted all of these years.

Second is seeing Dad’s core belief in action — that you respond instead of react.  It is easy to talk about when everything is going well and the problems are minor, but it is truly something to behold when you see it in action in the middle of a major struggle.

And third, seeing Dad’s unshakeable faith lived out daily.  Even in the pain of recovery, Dad’s smile communicated joy that only comes from a relationship with God.

How Do You Keep Your Business Going In The Midst of a Family Trauma?

November 29, 2009

This question came in from a Success 2.0 Webcast.

“My dad has recently been very ill and my question is how do you keep the momentum going in a personal business with a family trauma? The blessing of a home business is that I can be there for Mom and Dad, but my business is suffering.”  Jeannie

Jeannie, wow, I think I understand a little bit about what you are going through.  The first step is realizing that you are in a season of struggle, and because of that your priorities will need to change.  Take an inventory of everything that you are doing, and postpone everything you can that is not essential.  Stepping back from obligations that are not critical to your business and your family is a good first place to begin.

Ask for help.  I am not sure what kind of support your family, friends, and church can provide, but don’t hesitate to ask.  Keep in mind that many will assume that you can carry the majority of the load because you are “self-employed” and your schedule is “flexible.”  Let your family know that just because you might have more flexibility, it doesn’t mean that you can go it alone without their help.  Everyone needs to pitch in.

Make sure you are getting enough sleep, nutrition, and exercise.  Protect your physical health so that you don’t get burned out.  Not taking care of yourself will make every other struggle that much tougher.

Maximize your work time.  Plan very specific goals and objectives with a priority list.  Plan your work and work your plan.  And now, more than ever, make sure you are getting filled up with good powerful and positive information.  Reading and listening to encouraging information now is critical in this tough time.

Cherish every moment with your family.  Don’t worry about your family when you are working, and don’t worry about work when you are with your family.  Instead, plan when you are going to work each day so that when you are with your family you are 100% present.

Spend time with God every day.  Now, more than ever, prayer is essential.  Let Him know what is on your heart and where you need help.

Dealing With Doubt

November 27, 2009

This question came in from last week’s Success 2.0 Webcast.

“Did you have a moment where you had a doubt about your recovery? If so, how long did you allow yourself that moment of doubt before you picked yourself up to make your journey back up?” Lauri

Speaking with Dad I can tell you he never had a doubt about his recovery.  He has always believed and taught that there is no point in worrying about what you cannot control.  The reality is all you really can do is accept the facts of the situation you are in, and then determine to focus on what you can do.  You can choose to respond rather than react.  You can choose to do something that will make your situation better.  You can choose to look for a new way of getting done what you really want to get done.

I think one of the secrets that Dad “discovered” years ago is that true success is not measured by a “worldly” standard, but by a spiritual standard.  Are you doing everything you can with everything you have?  Are you honoring Him in your thoughts and actions?  If you can answer yes to these two questions, then you have no reason to have doubts or worries.  But, if you get focused on what you can’t do, or what could happen, then you take your eyes off of Him, and then all you can do is worry and doubt.

Embrace The Struggle Webcast – Join Us and Ask Your Friends!

November 11, 2009

It has been an incredible few weeks for the Ziglar family.  Dad just turned 83, Mom and Dad will be celebrating their 63rd wedding anniversary later this month, and Julie and Dad’s new book, Embrace The Struggle, just came out.  We are thrilled with the initial results of the book’s release.  So many are facing their own struggles, and when they see how Dad is embracing his struggle, they find hope and encouragement.

I would like to ask a favor of you.  Dad, Julie, and I are doing a live webcast on Nov 17th about Embrace The Struggle.  Would you be willing to send via email to your list and friends a special invitation from you encouraging people to attend this FREE webcast (Register HERE)?  We have created a very powerful movie, “Embrace The Struggle,” that tells in two minutes the Embrace The Struggle message.  When the movie is finished it will end on a registration page for the free webcast.  You can watch the movie here if you have not seen it yet.

I know that Dad has made an impact in the lives of thousands of people.  As a family, as hard as this struggle has been on a personal level for us, we all agree that God is using it in an amazing way.  We believe this book, and this message, will impact more people than anything Dad has ever done.  If you could help us get the word out it would mean a great deal to us and to the people who attend the webcast.  In addition to sending an invitation to your email list, it would also be great – and greatly appreciated — if you would be willing to post it on your other social media websites, like Facebook and Twitter.

Thanks in advance for considering this.  Our prayer is that people in the midst of a struggle will see this webcast and this book as something that will help them embrace their struggle.

Here is a short link you can use to tell others about this Free Webacast:

Embrace The Struggle!

Tom Ziglar
Proud Son of Zig Ziglar


November 3, 2009

On Saturday I had a great chair massage with Eric Miller while Dad was working out at the gym (shhh, don’t tell him!).  It was brought to my attention, painfully I might add, that my rotator cuff was being set up for a major injury.  Because of my posture, the muscles that support the rotator cuff are weak, even though the surrounding muscles are strong.

What surprised me was this is the perfect setup for a major injury. Because of the good strength in the rest of the muscles, it is more likely I will do a movement bearing a heavy load, or with more repetitions, than my weak muscle can handle.  This means that the rotator cuff will get the stress directly, and it will likely rip or tear.

I was taught a few good exercises to build up the muscle supporting the rotator cuff and to balance my upper body.  Even more importantly I was made aware of this issue, and I was reminded of it all day Sunday every time I moved!  (It was a deep massage that released the trigger points.)

To top things off we had a great devotional speaker at our company first thing Monday morning.  Shuronda Scott spoke about awareness and how important it is to get feedback from your family, friends, and co-workers about how you are doing.  Knowing how you are perceived and what qualities you need to work on are critical to long-term relationship success.

Just like a deep massage, it may not be fun to get feedback, but ignoring the problem just guarantees that you will rip or tear a key relationship.  Shuronda asked this simple question to determine if you should ask for feedback: “What could go wrong if you don’t know how you are perceived?”

Can you afford to “blow out” a key relationship with your spouse, boss, friend, or customer?  Ask them how you are doing, and then work on the exercises to build up your weak muscles.

Embrace The Struggle – Romans 8:28

October 30, 2009

Dad’s life verse from the Bible is Romans 8:28.  It is written on his heart.  I know this for a fact.  In 2001 Dad nearly died from a severe diverticulitis attack and the resulting blood loss.  Required surgery removed 75% of his colon (this is why we sometimes call him semi-colon!).  Because of the length of the operation it took Dad several hours to fully awaken from the surgery, and during that time he was partly conscious.  I heard him repeat Romans 8:28 numerous times while he was in this “twilight” state!


Because of Dad’s faith, and his 100% belief in Romans 8:28, it has been natural for him to embrace his struggle.  I filmed this short video of Dad sharing Romans 8:28.  How lucky am I to have this example?!


If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the Embrace The Struggle movie!