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Thinking Influences Performance

Zig Ziglar - Performance

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.

Learn to say YES


Here is a great article worth a read

By Zig Ziglar, author of Born to Win


We truly live in a hurry-hurry world, and in this day of two-working-parent families there is never enough time to do the things we want and need to do.  One of those want-to/need-to do things is to spend more time with our children.  Unfortunately, time constraints make it easier for us to automatically respond with a “no” when our children ask for little things.  Solution:  In an article published in “Better Families,” Dr. Kay Kuzma offers some practical approaches we can use.  She suggests we can say “yes” on many of those occasions and it’s more effective because it also teaches valuable lessons.  For example, the child might ask, “Am I going to get to watch my favorite television show tonight?”  This gives parents a chance to say, “Yes, as soon as you have dried the dishes and put them away,” or “Yes, as soon as you have called Sally and apologized for your behavior this afternoon.”

This approach changes you in the child’s eyes from being a person who wants to deny him or her a pleasure to a parent who is interested in helping that child perform in a better, more mature way.  The teenager might ask to use the car the next morning to run a few errands and go to the park.  You can say, “Yes, as soon as you wash it and if you will stop by the service station and fill it with gas on your way home.”  This way you’re teaching your child responsibility.  You’re saying yes to a reasonable request and you’re also displaying a sense of trust in them.

Dr. Kuzma also points out that when a child says, “May I have dessert?”, instead of the automatic “no,” you can simply say, “Yes, as soon as you have finished your salad or vegetables.”  This way you are attaching a small reward to a fulfilled responsibility.  The child ends up with the temporary pleasure and some long-term benefits.  Practice Dr. Kuzma’s suggestions, 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.