The late Zig Ziglar was an incredible individual who did some amazing things in his life.
He wrote over 30 life changing books, he was a motivational speaker and teacher, and changed the lives of countless individuals.
He is most widely known for his incite on human potential and encouragement that he brought everywhere he went.
The following quotes are listed in no particular order, though I may talk a little bit more on a few of them simply because they mean so much to me.
With that, let’s get right into this…
1. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”
This is easily one of Zig’s best quotes. Simple, humorous, and amazingly profound.
I know this one hits home way too much for me personally. I have days when I don’t feel motivated and feel like the world is ending while I am struggling to achieve my goals. Zig here, talks about how motivation isn’t something that stays with you forever, it must be taken in again.
One of the greatest sources of motivation for me has been those around me; my friends, family, and mentors have all helped me in some way. Other times, simply looking over past success and the actions I am taking is enough to help me out of those periods of lackluster attitude.
2. “You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.”
This is so counter-culture today! We aren’t taught this in school regularly, and if the concept is promoted in the classroom, it isn’t applied in financial terms.
Yeah, I can be told that I was born to be a winner, but I meet too many people who don’t apply this same attitude to other areas of their lives instead of just academically. They don’t believe that they were born a winner in everything.
3. “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.”
An attitude I am grateful that my dad past onto me. Being able to cope with risk and mistakes has made such a dramatic difference in my life, and when success does come, it means even more!
“Correct and continue”, was one of his favorite sayings that he would say when I felt like a failure or that I had made bad choices.
He was never condemning, and this is the way Zig was. He understood how easy it is for us to fall into self-pity and never fully embrace our potential.
4. “You don’t have to be great at something to start, but you have to start to be great at something.”
One thing I have learned that is universal in just about every area of my life, is that 80-90% of success is just “showing up”.
If I don’t do what I say and don’t show up to do something, it never gets done… I know, mind blowing.
5. “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.”
Boy, what a convicting statement! I find myself surprised at myself when I don’t achieve my goals, but if I look back, sometimes my goal really was “nothing”!
I didn’t have a goal at times, and thus my results were directly proportionate to the work I put in.
6. “If you can dream it, then you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.”
It is vital to our success to help others, and be someone who contributes to society; actively being a giver to others.
There are any ways to help others, but it is key not to downplay the way people do it. Serving the needs of others makes you a giver of value, thus making you valuable in the eyes of others. People pay for what they deem valuable.
7. “Don’t become a wandering generality. Be a meaningful specific.”
This statement is a bit odd out of context, but I think it is still understandable.
Being both specific about our lives and what we do makes us a “specialist” and thus we become proficient.
If financial success is a goal, proficiency and specialty need to come into play.
If I am going to dabble in financial education or a wide variety of topics with no intent of mastering any of those subjects, I have created numerous hobbies, and will no doubt be paid like it’s a hobby.
8. “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals”
There is a saying that I really like from Dan Millman, “The journey is what brings us happiness not the destination.”
If we become rich, but selfish, we haven’t succeeded.
If we gain power, but abuse our responsibilities, we have not succeeded.
If we gain knowledge, but become prideful, we haven’t succeeded.
What and who we become is more important than what we gain. Riches come and go, good character is priceless and shouldn’t be given up.
9. “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”
How we see ourselves, the world, others, and God determine more than what we do in life, but how we do it.
If we want to achieve what others only dream of, we must become what others aren’t. Most people aren’t taking action and being radical about their lives because to them it’s “too much work”.
Their point of view is too narrow to allow for possibilities or opportunities, and consequently, they wonder why their life “sucks” and why they don’t move forward.
10. “Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.”
Negative thinking is not the same as critical thinking. We can be critical of something but be positive and loving. Critical thinking isn’t the problem in society today. It’s the negativity that directly follows said observation.
We move from, “This could be improved on,” to, “This is worthless and a piece of trash.” BIG difference.
Positive thinking can be critical, but it always ends with, “This is valuable and has great potential.” It is exactly how we should view ourselves. We should always be critical of ourselves, but always be positive.
Maybe I need to have better habits in terms of cleaning my room, my house or apartment, and I am not doing so good in that area, changing that habit is important!
But it is crucial to follow up on that criticism, with, “I am not defined by that shortcoming, I am limitless, valuable, and I can change this habit no problem.”
Confidence with positive attitude and a Rich mindset is an incredible force!
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