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RIP: Zig Ziglar (1926 – 2012)

Zig Ziglar passed today. In honor of his many contributions I have collected a sampling of his wise words:

“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.”

“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”

“I believe that being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can’t truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles.”

“Building a better you is the first step to building a better America.”

“Every choice you make has an end result.”

“You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.”

“A lot of people quit looking for work as soon as they find a job.”

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”

“If you go looking for a friend, you’re going to find they’re very scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.”

“It’s not what you’ve got, it’s what you use that makes a difference.”

“Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.”

“A goal properly set is halfway reached.”

“If you want to reach a goal, you must “see the reaching” in your own mind before you actually arrive at your goal.”

“Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.”

“You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.”

“The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty.”

“If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost.”

“Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street.”

“Remember that failure is an event, not a person.”

“Every obnoxious act is a cry for help.”

“If you don’t see yourself as a winner, then you cannot perform as a winner.”

“When you are tough on yourself, life is going to be infinitely easier on you.”

“You cannot tailor-make the situations in life but you can tailor-make the attitudes to fit those situations.”

“You can make positive deposits in your own economy every day by reading and listening to powerful, positive, life-changing content and by associating with encouraging and hope-building people.”

“You cannot perform in a manner inconsistent with the way you see yourself.”

How To Translate Vision Into Reality

“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” – Warren Bennis

I love this quote because it doesn’t make leadership something only CEOs or Presidents do. It democratizes leadership.

Leadership is in many ways (merely) a lofty term for goal-setting and goal-achievement.

Most people understand leadership as being able to persuade and rally others to make a vision of the future into reality – and generally in an organizational setting of some sort.

Are there other ways to understand leadership? Ways that allow us to grow in all dimensions of life? Absolutely. Organizational leadership is just leadership writ large.

Leadership can be expressed within one’s Self.

Leadership can be expressed within a Family structure.

Leadership can be expressed at Work, regardless of whether one carries a title that confers formal authority

Leadership can be expressed in one’s Community.

The approaches and skills necessary to be a successful leader in these four domains – what I call the Four Domains of Personal Leadership – are different for each domain. To be a leader (whether they possess a title or formal authority or not) requires that one be someone worthy of being followed.

The challenge – and opportunity – presented to each us in the four domains is have the awareness, intelligence and trust required to understand what the vision truly is and how to persuade and rally others to translate such into reality.

A quote from Brian Tracy ends this post perfectly:

“Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position.” – Brian Tracy

Ask yourself: what could I start doing, for myself and others, that would move me towards being someone people would follow voluntarily?

Why Not Just Be Good?

“The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.” – Socrates

What if instead of trying to convince people that you’re trust-worthy, or a good person to do business with, or a good romantic partner, you just were that person?

My guess is that it would less effort (in the long run) and way more honest – and wouldn’t being honest, even if it was a bit harder at first, feel better?

The people that you want around will notice, and the others won’t.

Begin Now, It’s A Long Road

“Begin to be now what you will be hereafter.” – William James

Achieving a goal, making a change or completing a transition is gradual. It’s not (anything) like flipping a light switch.

Sometimes it may seem like all of a sudden things are different, but such is an illusion. There may be a decisive event that is a shock or creates a sharp contrast, but anything is long in the making.

Seeing this truth and making best use of the “precursor time” that is afforded to us all is one of the keys to an excellent life.

Two best practices are: 1) be clear about what you want (and what you won’t abide… ) and 2) be aware of each moment and how they are indeed creating your future.

The Difference

“If anything terrifies me, I must try to conquer it.” – Francis Chichester

Sometimes what scares us is what we must do.

Sometimes it’s the last thing we should do.

Knowing the difference is one the key skills of a great life.