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She’s Tough – But Loving By Zig Ziglar

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Sister Connie Driscoll is a nun who is working miracles among the drug- and alcohol-addicted homeless in Chicago.  Her program keeps 95% of her formerly homeless clients from ever returning to the streets.  Her cost is about $7.35 per person per day.

How?  She starts with a 7:30 p.m. curfew and a 6:30 a.m. wake-up call.  She also includes periodic shake-downs and drug tests.  She holds each of the residents accountable for their own behavior and performance.  Her facility is St. Martin de Poores House of Hope, where “tough love” really does mean tough.

Sister Connie is a Korean War veteran who grew up on a farm where she was no stranger to manual labor.  Sledge hammers in hand, she and colleague Sister Therese smashed through a few brick walls in their decrepit, donated building which they soon filled with homeless women and children.  Some of her tenants complained about the food and others refused to make their beds or used drugs on the premises.  They even said, “I don’t have to sweep the floor, because I have the right.”  At this point, Sister Connie simply said, “Nope.”  She began searching under toilet seats and lifting mattresses, looking for drugs.  She called in a police SWAT team for a seven a.m. drug raid on her residence.  She means business.  Residents subject themselves to this treatment because they know that it is their last hope to escape the misery which has become a part of their lives.

Twelve-step Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous sessions are mandatory, as are high school equivalency classes and sessions in child care, housekeeping and preparing for job interviews.  Staff members teach the women comparison shopping and check-book balancing. Sister Connie knows that for most of her clients the chief problem is not lack of money, but lack of personal responsibility.  She tells the women, “No matter who caused your problems, only you can solve them.”  Wouldn’t it be neat if we had a Sister Connie with her staff of committed people who work for virtually nothing and give it their all in places all over the country?  If we did, we’d see those people AT THE TOP, as well.

Zig Ziglar is known as America’s Motivator.  He authored 33 books and produced numerous training programs.  He will be remembered as a man who lived out his faith daily.

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Count your Blessings By Zig Ziglar/Jill Tibbels

Count Your Blessings
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Question: As an American do you really realize what you have as versus the poorest of the poor in the Third World?

Suppose you had to do these things:

Number one, remove the furniture in your home, leave a few old blankets, a kitchen table, a wooden chair, and remember – you’ve never had a bed.

Number two, throw out your clothes.  Each family member may keep the oldest suit, dress, a shirt or blouse.  The head of the family may keep their shoes.

Number three, no kitchen appliances allowed.  Keep a box of matches, a small bag of flour, some sugar and salt, a few onions, a dish of dried beans.  Rescue the moldy potatoes from the garbage can.  That’s tonight’s meal.

Number four, dismantle the bathroom, shut off the running water, take out the wiring and the lights and everything that’s run by electricity.

Number five, take away the house and move the family into the tool shed.

Number six, note there are no other houses in the neighborhood, just shanties – for the fortunate ones.

Number seven, cancel the newspaper and magazines and throw out the books.  You won’t miss them since you are illiterate.  No radio or tv, either.

Number eight, no more mail carrier, fire fighters, government services.  The two-classroom school is three miles away.

Number nine, no hospital, no doctor.  Closest clinic is ten miles away with a midwife in charge.  Get there by bus or bicycle, if you have one.

Number ten, throw out your bank books, stock certificates, pension plans, insurance policies.  Your net worth is five dollars.

Number eleven, get out and start cultivating your three acres.  Try hard to raise $300 in cash crops, of which your landlord gets one-third and your money-lender 10%.

Number twelve, find a way for your children to bring in a little money, so you have something to eat most days.  However, it won’t be enough to keep you healthy, so lop off 25-30 years of your life.

We do have it good, so work hard to make it even better.

Zig Ziglar is known as America’s Motivator.  He authored 33 books and produced numerous training programs.  He will be remembered as a man who lived out his faith daily.

Thinking Influences Performance By Zig Ziglar

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Thinking Influences Performance

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One of the better-known quotes is, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are probably right.”  For a long time it’s been accepted that your attitude plays a significant role in your success.  Documented studies, time after time, have proven that attitudes are more important than facts and it’s your attitude, not your aptitude, that determines your altitude.  Fortunately, attitude is one of those things which can be substantially influenced and controlled.

Perhaps the most bizarre choice of attitude I have ever heard given in a motivational speech was the one delivered by Coach Bulldog Turner before the final game in the history of the New York Titans.  The year was 1962 and this ill-fated team was playing in the now-defunct American Football League when the coach gave this “motivational talk”: “There won’t be any New York Titans next year, so most of you are playing in your last pro game.  Most of you aren’t good enough to play anywhere else.”

Any of you who have played on a team would agree that hearing words like that before you took the field to do battle would undoubtedly result in a less-than-stellar performance.  When the person who is supposed to inspire you to give your best effort tells you that he knows you’re going to lose and that you’re not good enough to play elsewhere, it is demoralizing.  We’re supposed to be encouraged by those in authority – not discouraged.  Incidentally, after that magnificent send-off to play that final game, the Titans went out and got clobbered 44-10.  I’m surprised it wasn’t worse.

Build positive expectations.  Encourage those around you and I’ll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!

Zig Ziglar is known as America’s Motivator.  He authored 33 books and produced numerous training programs.  He will be remembered as a man who lived out his faith daily.

YESTERDAY’S PROBLEMS VS. TOMORROW’S HOPES By Zig Ziglar

YESTERDAY’S PROBLEMS VS. TOMORROW’S HOPES

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 The dictionary says that a “problem” is a question, especially a difficult question; a matter of doubt or difficulty.  As I read the definition of “problem,” I’m certain the dictionary, as far as identification is concerned, is correct.  However, I much prefer to think of a problem as an opportunity.  Obviously, this is not true in 100% of the cases, but the reality is, most opportunities would not come if there were no problems.

If there were no desire or need to communicate with someone else, there would be no telephones or Internet communications systems today and millions of people would not have jobs.  If there were no need or desire to visit our distant friends and relatives, there would be no need for highways, service stations, automobiles, manufacturing plants and, consequently, millions more jobs would not be necessary.  Even in the case of illness and disease, were there none, millions of health care workers would not have jobs.  Perhaps of more significance, if those diseases and illnesses did not exist, there would be no research and development, which goes on constantly as man continues to search for solutions to problems.  If all of us were born knowing everything we needed to know, the millions of books and educators which teach people to read would have no purpose or profession.  From a personal point of view,if there were no need for training, motivation and encouragement, I would be in another profession.

What I’m saying is that if we will look at whatever problem we have, or someone else has, and ask ourselves what opportunity the problem offers, we will have a better chance of solving our problem and perhaps making a career out of solving other people’s problems.  I believe Benjamin Franklin would have called that “self-reliance,” and that is certainly something we need more of today.  Think about it.  Look at every problem as an opportunity and I’ll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!

Zig Ziglar is known as America’s Motivator.  He authored 33 books and produced numerous training programs.  He will be remembered as a man who lived out his faith daily.

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WALKING IN THEIR SHOES by Zig Ziglar

WALKING IN THEIR SHOES

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One morning, my long-time Executive Assistant, Laurie Magers, told me that she would probably not be in the next day because she had to take her mother’s puppy, Muffin, to the veterinarian to be spayed.  This will surprise many people who have known me for so many years, but just a few months ago I would have thought to myself, “I just don’t understand somebody taking off to have something done to a dog.”  I would be happy to take off work for my children and grandchildren, but pets were a different matter.  My children always had pets because they loved them and I loved my children.  But I could not understand how anyone could form such deep, emotional attachments to pets.

However, things underwent a change when daughter Cindy talked my wife into attending a dog show with her.  There she saw a little Welch Corgi, a full-sized dog with pint-sized legs, which she immediately fell in love with.  I’d always said never again would I have a pet, but my relationship with my wife is so important I “humored” her by agreeing that she could acquire one of those little dogs.

It took that little dog about three hours to worm his way into my heart.  At the end of a week, ownership changed.  He is now my dog, though my wife enjoys certain privileges like feeding and caring for him and playing with him when I’m gone.  (Yes, that is my tongue you see in my cheek!)

When Laurie Magers told me she wanted to take care of her mother’s little dog, I readily agreed.  Funny, isn’t it, how when we come to know the other person’s feelings, it is so easy to understand those feelings.  The message is clear: Don’t be judgmental.  Put yourself in the other person’s position and try to think like they think or feel like they feel.  I guarantee, you’ll have more fun and much better relationships.  SEE YOU AT THE TOP!  

Zig Ziglar is known as America’s Motivator.  He authored 33 books and produced numerous training programs.  He will be remembered as a man who lived out his faith daily.