Posted tagged ‘Ziglar’

Are You On A Mission?

January 6, 2010

About 25 years ago Dad came up with a Mission Statement for himself and his company:

“To be the Difference Maker in the personal, family, and business lives of enough people to make a positive difference in America.”

Since that time he has lived every day of his life to fulfill his mission.

Along the way he slightly changed the mission statement.  About 17 years ago the word spiritual was added.

“To be the Difference Maker in the personal, family, business, and spiritual lives of enough people to make a positive difference in America.”

Soon after that “and the world” was added.

“To be the Difference Maker in the personal, family, business, and spiritual lives of enough people to make a positive difference in America and the world.

About ten years ago we changed the word business to professional.
“To be the Difference Maker in the personal, family, professional, and spiritual lives of enough people to make a positive difference in America and the world.”

Two things you can learn from this:

Dad’s achievements and legacy didn’t just happen.  He is on a Mission.
There is no downside to having a Mission Statement because you can change it for the better anytime you want.

Are You On A Mission?  What are you waiting for?  Write your Mission Statement today and get started!  Don’t worry, if it’s not perfect, you can change it anytime you want!

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

Getting Knocked Down

December 17, 2009

This question came in from a Success 2.0 webcast.

“When your mind takes a hit after working hard at getting better, how does one get back?”  Chris

Chris, good news and bad news on this one.  The bad news first.  We all get knocked down!  Everyone has to deal with taking a mental hit, even if you are working on staying mentally strong and staying positive.

Here is the good news.  You can decide NOW how you are going to respond when you take a mental hit.  Here are a few things to remember.

“Logic will not change an emotion, but action will.”  Zig Ziglar.  You can not “just” think your way out of a mental hit.  It is important to recognize that you have taken a hit, and then you have to take action to get back on track.

Have on hand your favorite books and audio recordings, and when you take a hit plan some time each day to absorb the good stuff.

Call a friend or mentor who is positive and ask them for a little motivational feedback.  It’s great if you can also be this person for someone else.

Create a victory list of all of the things you have accomplished and the goals that you are in the process of achieving and review it when you get knocked down.  This will remind you that you have been knocked down before and you can get back up and achieve great things.

Pray.  Tell God exactly what is going on, ask Him for direction, and then be still and listen.  It is amazing how many times getting knocked down really means that you just stand up and start again, in a slightly new direction!

Do It, and You Will Feel Like Doing It

December 15, 2009

This question came in from a Success 2.0 Webcast

“I’m in the Insurance field and not doing as well as I expected and I could blame it on a lot of different things but they would all in some way point back at me. I’m great with people, I always put my clients first, but there are days that I simply don’t want to get out of bed and take on that daily struggle to make that happen. My question is, have you ever been in that situation and, if so, how do you over come it?”  Thank You, Tommy

Tommy, I guess this makes you normal!  Dad has a couple of quotes that really hit home with this one.  “Logic will not change an emotion, but action will,” and, “Do it, and you will feel like doing it.”  Not very complicated I know, but still it is true.

Here is a quick tip for you – plan the next day before you go to bed at night.  Make sure you have your morning detailed out and your priority list in order.  As you write this out, envision exactly how you want the day to go.  Then, when your opportunity clock goes off in the morning, start working your plan right away.  Don’t hesitate or procrastinate, just start doing.  The act of doing will then create the motivation to keep doing.

When Dad put this tip in action his career took off!  He made an appointment (with himself) to be knocking on a prospects “door” everyday at 9:00 a.m. sharp.  You will find that when you commit to action, and then follow through, your results will go through the roof!

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.

Teaching Kids to Respond vs. React

December 9, 2009

This question came in from a Success 2.0 Webcast

“How did you kids learn how to RESPOND rather than REACT?” Shoshannah

Shoshannah, we kids learned by example, and by reminder!  I think most people, especially when they are kids, have a tendency to react when things don’t go their way.  I can remember numerous occasions growing up when Dad would get “bad” news that would impact our family plans.  It could have been rain on a vacation day, or a delayed flight, or whatever, but every time Dad always immediately focused on what we could do.  I didn’t realize it at the time, but now I see that he was showing us that sometimes negative things happen, but those things don’t have to ruin our day, and we have that choice.

And, of course, he would “remind” us as well.  When I would start to whine or complain about something, Dad would cut me off and remind me that I didn’t “have” to cut the grass, I “got” to cut the grass!  A simple word change that turned a “have to” into a “get to.”  Plus a firm reminder that whining and complaining would do no good and it is not tolerated.

What Makes Zig Such a Strong and Positive Person?

December 8, 2009

This question came in from a Success 2.0 Webcast

“I’m really amazed at how this very inspiring man, in the person of Zig Ziglar, survived and overcame this struggle. What made him a very strong and positive person?”  Yolly

Yolly, I think there are several things that contribute to Dad’s strong and positive nature.

First is his faith. Dad knows his future is secure so this takes away his worry and doubt.

Second is his family.  Dad has the home court advantage and he knows his family is with him.

Third is his attitude.  Dad really believes that attitude is a choice, and he has chosen a positive attitude.

Fourth is his action.  Dad takes action on what he believes.  He spends time every day working on his faith, spending time with his family, and reading things that develop his attitude.

Faith, Family, Attitude, Action – pretty simple!