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Motivational Misconceptions and other Self-Help Things That Are Not 100% True

June 12, 2009

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!

A Quote to Live By

January 20, 2009

“You are what you are and where you are because of what has gone into your mind. You can change what you are and where you are by changing what goes into your mind.” Zig Ziglar

This is one of my top three quotes from Dad because it has so directly impacted my life. It is Ziglar wisdom Pure and Simple! What are you putting into your mind?

Following is a list of Podcasts found on iTunes that has really impacted me. I listen to them on my iPod when I work out or when I am in my car. Just go to iTunes and check for them in the Podcast section in the Business or Religion categories.

The List:

Zig Ziglar (of course!) Inspiring Words of Encouragement

Dave Ramsey

Dan Miller – 48 Days

Internet Business Mastery

John Maxwell


Charles Stanley – In Touch

John Eldridge

Ravi Zacharias – Let My People Think

Andy Stanley – North Point

Greg Laurie – A New Beginning

James McDonald – Walk in the Word

Chuck Swindoll – Insight for Living

Matt Chandler – The Village Church