Zig Ziglar wasn’t the first motivational/inspirational speaker I stumbled on, but he was the one who got me going. Prior to listening to his exceptional audio ‘How to Stay Motivated,” I had read “Goals” by Brain Tracy and listened to a few Jim Rohn tapes. None of them, however, resonated with me or influenced me into consistent action. And it probably was because of my greenness to the motivational classroom not any incapability on the part of Brain and Jim.
They sure inspired some self-belief and hope in me, but Ziglar it was who changed me.
I had been, before listening to Ziglar’s tape, a dreamer and an inactive one at that. I haboured ambitions of becoming a great writer one day, and a social entrepreneur who’ll matter to my society and be of significance in other people’s lives, but I wasn’t doing anything to make my dreams realities. I wasn’t honing my creative talent, and I wasn’t saving money to start my own business sometime to come. I was totally inactive and stagnating, not indulging in the consistent actions necessary for any form of success in life.
Added to that, I was also battling depression and a sense of worthlessness after losing a girl I loved passionately and was building my world around.
But Ziglar came by and gave me hope. He lighted a fire under my ass that got me jumping up and down and screaming my head off at the possibilities that are open to me once I leave the past behind, become grateful for the present, and prepare for tomorrow by developing my abilities and working my socks off now. He inspired me into consistent action.
Below are some of the hardest-hitting quotes from that exceptional audio of his (with a few paraphrased):
“Motivation doesn’t last? Neither does bathing! That’s why we recommend it daily.”
“Failure is an event not a person. Night really ends today. Tomorrow is a chance to make a new beginning.”
“When you are tough on yourself, life is going to be infinitely easier on you.”
“Regardless of how good or bad my past had been, regardless of how good or bad my present is, there’s something I can specifically do now that will make my tomorrow/future either better or worse, and the choice is mine.”
“If there’s hope in the future, there’s power in the present.”
“Money isn’t everything, but it rates reasonably close to oxygen/air on the “got to have it scale.”
“You’re at the top when you clearly understand that failure is an event, not a person. That yesterday ended last night, and today is your brand new day. You make friends with your past, but focus on the present and become optimistic about the future. You’re at the top when you know that a success doesn’t make you and failure doesn’t break you. You’re at the top when you’re at peace with God and in fellowship with man. You’re at the top when you recognize and use your God-given talents to the benefit of mankind. You’re at the top when you stand before God and He tells you: “Well done, you faithful and productive servant.”
Zig Ziglar’s life was, indeed, one well lived. He inspired millions upon millions to discover their true potentials, and I’m chief among them.Hats off to the departed. His was a life well lived.
I see him now. He stands before God, and the Old Man tells him: “Well done, you faithful and good servant.”
Stanley Courage Dugah is a writer and poet based in Ghana. He regularly blogs at scdugah.wordpress.com. Besides writing online, he’s also working on a number of novels, novellas, short stories, and a poetry collection. You can connect with him on facebook or follow @StanleyCDugah.