What Zig Ziglar Has Taught Us About Career Management

What Zig Ziglar Has Taught Us About Career Management

I was saddened to hear of the passing of motivational speaker Zig Ziglar yesterday. Here are just a few of his quotes that get you thinking about how you approach the management of your career:

About attitude

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

This is common sense that a lot of people ignore. Take, for example, two bosses who create different work environments. One is encouraging and provides tools that will allow employees to succeed. The other is punitive and regularly threatens to “fire anyone who can’t toe the line.” Of course, it will be much easier for employees to do well when the workplace is supportive and they feel positive about what they are doing. With the second boss, employees are operating from a place of fear and resentment.

So why do we oftentimes let ourselves get pulled into negative thinking that doesn’t benefit what we are trying to accomplish in our careers? Bad attitudes, overwhelming, lead to bad results.

“I’m so optimistic I’d go after Moby Dick in a row boat and take the tartar sauce with me.”

You can’t help but smile when picturing this visual 🙂 Talk about a big, audacious goal!

But really, how can you achieve the goal if you don’t try? And, how will you have any chance of succeeding if you are convinced that you will fail?

I’m not saying you are going to win every time. It’s just not possible to have success every time you attempt to do something. But, the right attitude can allow you to see how you can break down the steps to get to that goal eventually. It can also allow you to see other possibilities that may be different from the original goal, but perhaps a better fit for you personally. On the other hand, a negative attitude will cut you off before you’ve even started. Where does that leave you?

About goal-setting

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

Mr. Ziglar is talking about visualization and guided imagery here. It’s not enough to convince yourself with affirmations that you can do it. You need to feel your success in a “dress rehearsal” that takes place in your mind. This allows you to mentally tweak the process before you execute, and it makes success more tangible.

“You cannot make it as wandering generality. You must become a meaningful specific.”

Again, this is common sense when you think about it. Which allows us to be more successful — when we try to be all things to all people, or when we drill down on a very narrow scope of activities? Being able to focus on a small skills set clears out the clutter that would distract us. We can then maximize our capacity to reach the heights of our talents in a very specific area.

About choices

“Every choice you make has an end result.”

No matter what you do, there is a consequence, for the good or for the bad. This is true even if you choose to do nothing (and yes, that is a choice!)

“Success and happiness are not matters of chance but choice.”

The definition of success and happiness don’t lie in the outside world — they lie within ourselves. What constitutes success and happiness for one person may not be success and happiness for another. So stop chasing someone else’s vision and define your own.

Who cares if it doesn’t fit others’ preconceived ideas! If you try to live a life that is dictated by others, you will have a difficult time reaching success and happiness on your own terms.

What Zig Ziglar quote has helped guide your career?

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