Posted tagged ‘Success’

The Top 5 Of 2009

January 2, 2010

Following are the Top 5 Ziglar Pure and Simple blog posts of 2009 with the number of hits.  Thank you for being a reader!  Let me know what you would like to see in 2010.

#5   The Purity Diet 3,200 hits

#4    I Tweet, therefore I …… The Twitter Strategy for Ziglar 4,875  hits

#3  So You Wanna Be A Speaker 5,065 hits

#2  Seven Success Keys 5,251 hits

#1  At The Foot Of A Giant At the Foot of a Giant 9,141 hits

Same Old Same Old

December 4, 2009

This question came in from a Success 2.0 webcast.

“What do you do when you keep dealing with the same issue over and over again in business?”  Shiketa

Shiketa, first you have to determine if the issue you are facing is because of a broken system and because people are refusing to adjust, or if the issue is a fact.

If it’s a fact, like, for example, the issue of having to change the oil in your car, then you accept it and take care of it, or figure out how to help others with their issue and make a business out of it.

If the issue is a result of a broken system or wrong personal beliefs and behaviors, then you have to make a choice.  You can live with the issues, or you can set a new standard and determine that the old system needs to be replaced and the old behaviors are no longer acceptable.

Here is a simple approach to dealing with a recurring issue:

Determine the cost of the issue in money, time, and emotional drain.  Get everyone involved on the team, giving them a chance to give feedback and input.

Determine if there is a better way to handle the issue, and clearly define the benefits of the new system or new behaviors.  Agree with your team that we are now going to do it the new and better way.

Reward and recognize those who adopt the new and better way, AND “reward and recognize” those who don’t adopt the new and better way (even those people who believe in the new way will not do it for long if there is no penalty for those who refuse to change).

Check back with your team every week until the new and better way becomes habit.

Why Do So Many People Fail at Self-Help?

November 22, 2009

This question came in from our Success 2.0 Webcast last week.

“So many people buy into self-help, and participate in the listening, the reading, and some even the live seminars. But the amount who actually live the life they want or think they want is so small. How do you go from being genuinely interested in improving to actually improving?”  Bobby

Bobby, Dad’s Be, Do, and Have philosophy is the answer here.  You have to Be the right kind of person first.  You become the right kind of person by listening to and reading the right kind of information, and by building relationships and learning from the right kind of people.  Then, you need to Do the right things, before you can expect to Have the things in life that really matter.  Many people fail because they don’t realize that Being the right kind of person is the most important step. You have to have character, integrity, honesty, etc., before the Doing part really pays off.  Sometimes people will get focused on Doing, experience short-term success, and then lose it all because the foundational Being part is not in place.  Or, they will get focused on the Doing, not achieve short-term success, and give up.  When you focus on the Being, then Doing the right things in the right way will become a habit, and this will lead to the Having.

In short, many people who “fail” in the “self-help” stuff are looking for a magic formula of things they can do to be successful, instead of focusing on becoming the right kind of person first.

A Simple Success Formula

May 8, 2009

Right…. Ok, so there probably isn’t a simple success formula, but I think you will agree that without these four elements success will be very unlikely.  I also realize that there are more ingredients as well and I would love it if you would comment and leave the ingredients we should add.

(Hope x Attitude x Action x Skills) + Integrity = Long-term Success.

Hope – without hope, why bother?  Hope is the spark that lights the fire that encourages you to just start, to give it a try.  As John Maxwell says, “If there is hope in the future, there is power in the present.”

Attitude – the right attitude keeps you going; the wrong attitude shuts you down.  Hope may get you started, but keeping your attitude right pulls you through the tough times.  Your attitude is your choice and your responsibility.  Once you realize you “own” your attitude, you can then create a winning attitude by filling your mind and your life with the good, the pure, and the powerful.

Action – nothing happens until your thoughts turn into behaviors – action.  The right actions done in the right way get results.  Even the right actions done poorly will get more results than taking no action at all.

Skills – learning new skills, honing the ones you have, preparing to be the best in all that you do, this separates the good from the great.  To go to the very top, attitude and action are not enough.  They both have to be driving great skills.

Integrity – who wants fleeting success? No one.  As Fred Smith said, “Every great failure is a moral failure.”  Don’t waste your time developing your attitude, your action plans, and your skills if you don’t do everything with integrity.  Your success will be fleeting and your life will be unfulfilled.

Recommendation: Review these five things every week and pick one to work on.  If you ranked your attitude as a 1 for the week, how much more would you have gotten done if your attitude was a 2?

So what other things do we need to add to our success formula?  Please comment!

The Eight Things Everyone Wants – How Do You Get Them in a Tough Economy?

October 17, 2008


After years of study and working with thousands of people, Dad says that everyone wants to be or have these eight things:




Reasonably Prosperous



Peace of Mind

Good Family Relationships



So how is it that in any economy you have “rich” people who believe they don’t have any of these things, and you have “poor” people who believe they have more than enough of every one of these things?


Did you know you have a choice and you can make every one of these areas better in your life today?  What are you waiting for?

Seven Success Keys

September 23, 2008

 Right now with the economic meltdown going on, or not going on, depending on if it’s Monday or Friday, I think we all want our individual success to depend on us, not on the economy, not our employer, and certainly not the government!  So here are a few keys to consider:


  1. “You have to be before you can do, and you have to do before you can have,” Zig Ziglar,   Dad lays it out pretty clearly right here.  Success starts with being the right kind of person first.  Build the proper character foundation in your life, then apply it with great work ethic, and only then can you have the things in life you want. 
  2. “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want,” Zig Ziglar.  This is the philosophy that guides your be, do, and have mindset.
  3. “All great failures are moral failures,” Fred Smith   Dad’s mentor Fred Smith points out that anytime you see a great failure, it is not because of their intellect, but because of some great moral failure.  The current economic crisis is a perfect example of this.  Greed and instant gratification are the two primary reasons we have a crisis right now.  Isn’t it morally wrong to knowingly encourage someone to take a huge risk?  Isn’t it morally wrong to take a huge risk for no other reason than instant gratification?
  4. “The five predictors of success for someone starting and running their own business are passion, talent, determination, self-discipline, and faith,” Dan Miller, No More Mondays,  Do you have what it takes to be your own boss?  Dan is the go-to guy for advice on this.  How cool would it be to wake up every day doing what you are passionate about? (Trust me, it’s COOL!)
  5. “Debt is dumb, cash is king,” Dave Ramsey, Imagine having no debt in your life.  Would you sleep better?  How much freedom would you have?  Being debt free is a choice and Dave gives you a specific plan of action on how to become debt free.  I must warn you though; the plan is very simple, although not necessarily easy because there are no gimmicks or shortcuts.  It only requires common sense and uncommon discipline!
  6. “Eat pure,” Tom Ziglar,  The Purity Diet. The most important asset you have is your health.  The best thing you can do to benefit your health is to eat right.  If you “eat pure” every day you will be amazed at the results.
  7. “I’ve heard it, too: Motivation is temporary, and I agree. But then, so is bathing and eating, but if you do both of them on a daily basis you will live longer and smell better in the process,” Zig Ziglar.  What kind of fuel are you running your brain on?  Put the good, the clean, the pure, the powerful and the positive into your brain on a daily basis and the amount of good stuff that comes out will astonish you!

Playing Dominoes with Dad

August 13, 2008


 One of my favorite sayings from Dad is “Love is spelled T-I-M-E.”  We have the joy of getting together as a family to play dominoes every so often, and there is nothing like the T-I-M-E we have during those games!  We razz each other days before the game, during the game, and for days after the game. 


Our last game was really awesome.  Mom, “The Redhead,” was all giggles and instructions.  My brother-in-law Jim “The Intimidator” Norman as usual had us all convinced he had won days before we started.  My daughter Alexandra “HelloKittyBallerinaGirl” Ziglar was fully engaged in the game while texting her friends and occasionally doing dance moves while sitting down.  My niece Katherine “I Can Impersonate Anyone” Lemons always makes the game more fun because you can leave the table to take care of business and while you are gone she will “be you,” meaning people can laugh at you without really laughing at you!


My sister Cindy “You Only Think I Can’t Tell a Joke” Oates had us all rolling with her pirate jokes and her friend Laurel “I Didn’t Know You Can’t Do That” Marshall was up to her usual tricks of deception and distraction.  Meanwhile, The Dynamic Duo of Dad “Embrace the Struggle” Ziglar and my sister Julie “The Editor” Norman had teamed up and Julie was doing what she does best – editing Dad’s moves!  (My nickname is Tom “I Am Not Coming In Last This Time” Ziglar.  We did have a couple of spectators for the big event.  My wife Chachis “I am not a game person” Ziglar and my brother-in-law Richard “I Am Not A Game Person either” Oates. 


This game was one for the ages, over four hours of T-I-M-E together.  Several great things happened:  I didn’t come in last, Jim Norman didn’t win, and Dad and Julie did win!  (By the way, Dad really likes to win!)


Here was the big win for me.  About every hour Dad would say “Nothing makes me happier than to be with my family.  I can’t imagine anything being more fun or better than this.”


Turn off the TV and play a game with your family and see how much T-I-M-E can add to your life.