Posts Tagged ‘Zig Ziglar

15
May
14

How to live a Fully Mission Capable Life

TraceyMilitaryDuring my tenure in the Air Force I served as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer. My job was to ensure the fighter jets were in a Fully Mission Capable (FMC) status in order to fulfill the daily flying schedule. When the jets landed if there had encountered any type of problem they would be placed in a Non Mission Capable (NMC) status. The technicians were dispatched to trouble shoot the problem. When we briefed the status of the jets at our daily production meetings, we would review the corrective action by stating which part we had R2’Ed, pronounced “R” squared, short for Remove and Replace. In civilian terms; out with bad, in with the good.

If only life were so simple. If we could just take bad experience, poor decisions, and missed opportunities and totally eradicate them from our memory banks only to replace them with new and improved life choices wouldn’t it be grand! But unfortunately humans aren’t built that way. Wounds give way to scars but they are still visible. And we have this terrible compulsion to continuously turn ourselves into NMC status by living in the past.

But all is not lost. You can still soar with the eagles and slip the surly bonds of Earth; you just have to be a bit more creative about it. So since it’s impossible to truly Remove and Replace anything that’s entered our lives because it’s all made some type of a imprint on us, why not pull some of these corrective actions out of your tool box

Renew and Replace: By surrounding yourself with positive people and reading edifying and educational material, you can actually renew your spirit and attitude and replace that old sour one that was dragging you down. Get a lock on every negative thought and shoot it down!  Once the old way of thinking has crashed and burned, replace it with action that generates solutions, not excuses.  As Albert Einstein said, “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we use when we created them.”

Renovate and Replace: Once we hit the age of accountability, everything in our lives is there as a result of our choices, whether it’s the state of our bodies, our homes, our finances, or our relationships. If you make small changes on a repeated basis, eventually you are going to have a complete renovation. Renovation means you keep the DNA and work to restore it to its natural beauty and splendor.  As Jack Dixon said, “If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.”

Regain and Replace: Many of us have made choices from which the consequences are irreparable. That’s okay. Poor decisions do not have to sentence you to a poor life. You can regain your reputation, your job, your family, your self-respect, if you are willing to put some grease and sweat equity behind it. Read the manuals and instructions on how to live a tremendous life. There are countless people who have gone what you’ve gone through and worse and have recorded their struggles to victory so others may do the same. As Zig Ziglar said, “Failure doesn’t mean you are a failure, it just means you haven’t succeeded yet.

So there you have it. Once you return yourself to Fully Mission Capable status with these three sure fire fixes, you really will see that the sky’s the limit!

 

27
Dec
12

Are you Slacktose Intolerant?

dilbert-slackerOffer the lazy an egg, and they’ll want you to peel it for them.

– A Proverb

Slacktose intolerance, also called loser phobia and hypomalaisa, is the inability to digest poor performance, lack of initiative, and failure to accept responsibility. Slacktose-intolerant individuals have insufficient levels of desire to digest those who display repeated bouts of negativity, an inability to digest any amount of responsibility avoidance, and suffer from chronic aversion to thumb sucking. Symptoms include disgust, irritable bowel syndrome, and even the primal fight-or-flight instinct in those with a heightened sensitivity.

Recommended treatments include speaking to the infected individual regarding their condition. If they do not seek immediate aid they are to be removed from your world. The Centers for Disease Control should start including laziness in their list of highly infectious-diseases due to the amount of damage slackers can do to an entire organization. The good news is, once the affected area has been cut out, recovery rates are 100 percent!

I can remember hearing the late, great Zig Ziglar say, “Are you a SNIOP? Someone who is Sensitive to the Negative Influence of Others?” Why, yes I am!! That described me to a “T”! I am a flexible, easy going person, but when faced with lazy or indecisive individuals my righteous indignation meter gets pegged! I am sensitive to the influence of negative and lazy people! In fact, I am so highly allergic that I suffer violent reactions! Charles Horace Mayo, co-founder of the Mayo clinic said, “You must avoid sloth, that wicked siren.” Amen brother, even the medical field recognized that laziness is a horrible disease!

It’s a universal truth: if you are unwilling to learn to help yourself, how on earth am I going to help you? In the world of psychology, it’s called “enabling”, i.e., doing things for people that they could or should do for themselves. This can happen in both our professional and personal worlds and is a recipe for disaster. Nothing good ever comes of this, not in a million years. Once you accept there is no cure for the afflicted you can lay off taking guilt trips and the repetitive rationalizations. They simply must heal themselves.

An organization that is slacktose tolerant suffers from weak management. A relationship that is slacktose tolerant suffers from enabling behavior. In each case the person provides excuses or otherwise makes it possible to avoid the consequences of such behavior through the sound of silence, i.e., indifference.

The greatest battle is the one within the self so stop trying to “fix” other people’s issues by allowing their type of behavior to continue to manifest itself. Don’t refuse to take action for fear of their angry response to you cutting them off and out. And be proud when they call you intolerant and self-righteous because that’s exactly what you are; slacktose intolerant with a supreme respect for the power of the individual self to control their own destiny. There is not going to be any meeting of the minds. But then again, you already knew that. Saint-John Perse said, “The only menace is inertia” and that’s one menace we can all take immediate action to avoid.

29
Nov
12

Your best year yet begins the day you die

I recently sent a birthday greeting to a high school acquaintance when his name and profile picture came up on my Facebook birthday announcements. I said, “I hope it’s your best year yet!”  The next day I got a message from my classmate’s spouse telling me the individual had died three months earlier “so it was NOT going to be his best year yet.”

Her anger and disgust at my well-intentioned wish was palpable. In today’s world where everyone is linked but few know each other we often need to take a pause before posting our responses. People always ask how my father is. He passed away four years ago but I’m humble enough to know that not everyone in the entire world is aware of this fact, even my “friends” on Facebook.

I guess it all boils down to whether you think that death is the end of it all or the beginning. My guess is that from the title of this blog you know where I stand. And in the greatest of all of life’s mysteries, we will never know until life as we know it ceases. If it is the end of it all and it’s truly “lights out” what’s so bad about that? If it’s the beginning of it all and we have lived our lives to the fullest, isn’t it a time to rejoice?

Whatever you believe, live it large so when the curtain comes down on the stage of your life you can take a magnanimous bow. Be like Frank Sinatra who did it “My Way” or live a life in servitude to something greater than you.

Yesterday I got word that a dear friend of my father’s, a mentor and an amazing author and speaker, died. Zig Ziglar lived a hundred lifetimes during his stay on earth. He touched millions of lives and now he has graduated to Heaven. It was so beautiful to see the comments streaming throughout social media, the phones, blogs, and other means about how he had touched so many lives and the unbridled expressions of joy that he was finally home. His best year was just getting started!

People were rejoicing a life well lived and celebrating the ultimate homecoming, not posting snarky comment about Zig “NOT” having his best year yet. His family, although missing him physically, will rejoice the rest of their years for having had him in their lives until they are reunited. It’s his time to meet his creator, time to be reunited with other brothers and sisters in Christ, time for all the questions of the universe to be answered and the pain of injury, illness, and aging to stop.

Everything I do in life is based on eternal hope in living life as a reflection of the Creator and an eternity spent worshipping Him. The French Jesuit and philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said it best: “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, but spiritual beings having a human experience.” And if you accept this, your death WILL be the beginning of your best year yet that will last for all eternity.

10
Jan
12

give that dog a bone

There are lots of bones out there—the wish bone, the funny bone; but the most important bone is the backbone. This is the bone that gives you the stature to live out your dreams.

Charlie “Tremendous” Jones writes about the Three Decisions in Life in the bestselling motivational classic, Life Is Tremendous. They are: Who are you going to live your life with; what are you going to live your life in; and what are you going to live your life for?”

Determining what you are going to live your life for takes some real soul-searching. You can step in and out of relationships and jobs without even trying to work at them or giving them much thought. Finding what you are going to live your life for, that one true passion that consumes every waking moment and fills your subconscious when you sleep, is truly tremendous.

The closest comparison humans have to a dog’s bone is their dreams and aspirations. No matter how long it’s been buried or left lying around, when you come back to it, it’s all good. You instantly recognize it. It may be a childhood dream or your perfect job. Always have a bone worth burying and worrying about. A bone whose taste and smell you can’t get out of your nose. A bone that you always go back to and value as your most prized possession.

My father would go days without sleeping when he was on the scent of a hot project. Who can sleep when you’ve got your passion coursing through your veins, making your heart beat stronger, keeping your mind firing with flashes of brilliance? That’s when you know you’re motivated, when sleep moves down the list of priorities. The result of finding your bone is ceaseless activity.

And if you’re still unclear about what your individual passion is, the activity of helping others realize theirs will put you on your own path to discovery. As Zig Ziglar put it, “You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.” So while you may not yet know exactly where your magical bone is buried, it doesn’t take much digging to sniff out many tremendous ways to help others.

12
Sep
11

how to shuck a huckster

One of the biggest challenges faced by business owners is choosing whom to do business with. One wrong “ally” can result in lost revenue, stolen customers, or pirated intellectual property. The best way to separate the wheat from the chaff is to align yourself with people who do things solely to help you. My father used to tell me that if you give to get, that’s not giving, that’s trading. And in today’s business world, it is imperative that we continue to find others who work for a higher good over their own personal benefit. These people are the real deal and embody the term adding value.

Make sure your closest advisors, board members, mentors, consultants, and key personnel are true evangelists for supporting your business or cause. Whether it is referring you to their clients, or simply forwarding an eBlast or tweet, they are “on your team” to promote you. Make sure they are doing this or find someone who will.

Watch out for people that won’t do anything for you without a cut. I’ve had people call me about a promising client or sale and in the same breath begin discussing their cut. I may be old school, but I truly believe Zig Ziglar’s famous quote, “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.” Again, I want to align myself with helpers, not traders.

There are plenty of consultants out there who will charge you to grow your business before they’ve delivered results. Be very careful investing upfront with anyone who doesn’t have skin in the game. If someone is really that certain or savvy about delivering the results they’ve promised, they should be more than willing to wait for the actual results.

As a publisher, we invest in authors because they can transform the lives of others. Take some time to ensure that the words are an authentic representation of the person putting the ink on the page. You can’t teach others to get their house in order unless yours is. Do your homework, get references, run appropriate checks, and remember: actions always speak louder than words. This is critical for any business, regardless of the end product or service.

Following these brief hints will ensure that you are working with those who truly have your best interests at heart. The greatest supporters in my business have come to me willingly, doing things without my request, and stepping in to provide their expertise without trying to negotiate a deal. And in helping me, I have added helping them to the top of my strategic plan.

23
Aug
11

is your triple “A” rating at risk?

A dear friend and I were discussing the importance of branding, not just to businesses, but to every individual. Personal branding is, in effect, how your character, reputation and deeds are recorded. It’s what makes you distinctly you, as a person, as a professional, and as a member of our social collective.

Recently, the subject of theUnited States’ credit rating has been the topic of much news. AAA is the highest credit rating given by debt analysis agencies such as Standard and Poor’s and Moody’s. Every individual is their own little economic microcosm. We sell ideas, peddle influence, seek to add value, and contribute our resources. So what kind of a rating would we earn as individuals? Would we earn the coveted triple “A” rating? Here’s how we could:

A is for ASSOCIATIONS: We’ve heard about this since we were school kids. Do we aspire to soar with eagles or scrounge with turkeys? After all, birds of a feather do flock together. Many great personal development writers clearly point out that we are the sum totals of the people we associate with.  Charlie “Tremendous” Jones said, “You’ll be the same person five years from now as you are today except for two things: the people you meet and the books you read.” And yes, what and who we read about is also an association that factors into our ratings.

A is for ATTITUDES: We’ve heard this one throughout our lives too. An attitude of gratitude should flavor everything we do. A positive attitude can turn hurt into something that makes us better, not bitter. What’s your attitude toward failure, fear, rejection, and betrayal? These are all staples of a well-lived life. It’s so easy to bear fruit in season when the sun is shining and the rain falls regularly. It’s tough when the soil is barren and there’s no rain on the horizon. But that’s the clearest indication of what type of rating we’ll earn on our Attitude. As Cavett Robert so eloquently said, “If you don’t think every day is a good day, try missing one.”

A is for ACTIONS: Another childhood lesson: actions speak louder than words. I’ve found throughout the years that I’m most despondent or anxious when I’m not taking action. As General George S. Patton said, “Be willing to make decisions. That’s the most important quality in a good leader.” That’s because actions are the living proof of our verbal aspirations and mental attitudes. So when confronted with life’s issues, remember: the best way out of a problem is through it. Action dispels doubt and fear and is the quickest way to boost our rating. Zig Ziglar said, “Do it, and then you will feel motivated to do it.”

The higher your rating the more value you add, not only to your own life, but to the lives of others by being a better friend, mentor, spouse, partner, contractor, consultant, employer, preacher, teacher…. you name it! Want a Triple “A” rating in life? It’s not up to the economists; it’s up to you!

28
Feb
11

you down with OPP? (other people’s product)

My father, Charlie “Tremendous” Jones, was an author whose motivational classic Life Is Tremendous had sold several million copies. Every time he spoke, he was waving piles of books about the podium, kissing them, reading from them, letting people know that the key to everything they ever wanted in life was between two covers.

The interesting part was that the books he waived about were rarely his own. And so I learned at an early age that helping people was best served by introducing them to as many others as humanly possible. My father’s motto was, “You’ll be the same person you are today five years from now except for two things: the people you meet and the books you read.” And he wasn’t just referring to himself or his book.

So much of what I encounter on a daily basis is people talking about themselves. When I was in the military it was about their rank. When I was in corporate America it was about their ideas. Now that I’m in publishing it’s about their book. I think we’d all agree that there really is nothing new under the sun so what makes a person think that their words or experiences are the only ones that matter?

Zig Ziglar said, “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.” Everything we communicate should be a compilation of the best and the brightest ideas that have touched us.  Every great autobiography will be a testament to the individuals and experiences that have made that person what they are.

The Holy Bible is the bestselling book of all time with an estimated figure of over six billion sales. It is a compilation of 66 authors. What if the Apostle John or Paul had insisted that theirs be published separately? What if the Old Testament prophets’ words had not been sewn together into an eternal tapestry?

Look around you. Read. Listen. The next time you are tempted to talk about yourself, include the insights of several others. Bundle your words with others’ genius and see how exponentially more powerful they become. In the end, you may become the person responsible for changing someone’s life, even if the ideas or words are not your own.




Tremendous Tracey


CEO Tremendous Life Books. Book Evangelist

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