Lessons from Zig Ziglar

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Zig Ziglar was well known as a motivational speaker, author, and salesman. I read a few of his books and attended one of his presentations. Although many of his writings and speeches pertain to sales, I believe that his words also pertain to recovery from a life-threatening adversity. For example, Zig Ziglar reminds us that “Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will” and that “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” The more assistance you need, the more your attitude matters. If the roles were reversed, who would you rather help – a person who has a harsh, abrasive, and offensive personality or a person who is pleasant and appreciates your help?

Simply having a positive attitude is not enough to help your recovery. You also need a good recovery plan and you need to proactively follow the plan. Zig Ziglar reminds us that “A goal properly set is halfway reached” and “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.” In other words, setting a goal is not the same as achieving that goal and even if you have the most positive attitude and set SMART goals, your recovery will be prolonged and ineffective unless you actively pursue your goals.

As we learn and try new things in an attempt to regain what we lost, there is a chance that we will not succeed all the time. However, if we do nothing, we can expect nothing in return. Zig Ziglar remind us that “Every choice you make has an end result” and “If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost.” Do not fear choices, mistakes, or failure; learn from them.

Zig Ziglar provided many pearls of wisdom. Listing all of his quotes in this post is simply not possible. However, I would like to mention the following two quotes that I thought of frequently during my recovery:

  • “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have 24-hour days.”
  • “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help people get what they want.”


What will you do to increase the probability your recovery will be successful? What could you do to make life after adversity more enjoyable? 


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Thanks to Zig Ziglar; Harvey Mackey; CNN; Brainy Quotes; Forbes; and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible to include the picture and text in this post.


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