What is Attitude, Really?

Attitude IS Everything!

Why?  Because attitude influences everything we say and do.  Winston Churchill explained it this way…  “Attitude is the little thing that makes a big difference.”  Another wise man, W. Clement Stone, had his own definition.  “There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude and the big difference is whether it is positive or negative.”

Today’s message is dedicated to some game-changing attitudes.

Work Ethic…
“If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.  He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.”
    
– Martin Luther King Jr.

Forward or Backward…
“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you are right.”
    
– Henry Ford

Emotional Response…
“People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.”
    
– John C. Maxwell

Potential…
“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”
    
– Zig Ziglar

Choice…
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” – Viktor E. Frankl

Excellence…
“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.”
– Colin Powell

Relationships…
“Our attitude towards others determines their attitude towards us.”
– Earl Nightingale

You can learn a lot about your own attitudes by looking back at certain actions you took and the ones you neglected.  You can also predict which actions you will take and its probable outcomes by recognizing and understanding your attitudes.  For example, what is your attitude about personal and professional development?  How will this attitude impact your life?  Zig Ziglar would have responded this way…

“You were born to win. But to be the winner you were born to be, you gotta plan to win and prepare to win. Then and only then can you legitimately expect to win.”
– Zig Ziglar

The Value of a Ziglar Legacy Learning Experience

When you are aware of your thirst, you are already on the path toward dehydration.  Does that mean you are in grave danger?  Not necessarily!  However, it does mean that appropriate and prompt hydration is a good idea.

When we find ourselves mentally and emotionally thirsty it’s time for a different kind of action, such as: attending a Ziglar Legacy Event.  It just might be the first stage of a good idea that prepares you to become “healthier!”

The thought for today is…

…50 Reasons for Attending a Ziglar Legacy Event

During a Ziglar Legacy Event (or another similar engagement)
you just might…

  1. …learn something that’s new and life-changing.
  2. …be reminded of something valuable that you had forgotten.
  3. …be inspired like never before.
  4. …have fun!
  5. …discover an opportunity.
  6. …rediscover previous commitments you made to yourself.
  7. …meet the collaborative partner you’ve been looking for.
  8. …meet your next employee.
  9. …get a prospect referral.
  10. …make a positive impact on someone else.
  11. …set a positive example for someone else.
  12. …earn someone’s heartfelt testimonial.
  13. …take something home that you can share with others.
  14. …take home a book or recording for your own personal development library.
  15. …win a valuable door prize.
  16. …make a new friend.
  17. …discover an old friend.
  18. …reconnect with a former colleague.
  19. …inspire someone you meet.
  20. …encourage someone else.

    You might also…

  21. …spawn ideas for someone else.
  22. …take the first step of a new habit that changes your life.
  23. …discover what your career has been missing.
  24. …discover what your life has been missing.
  25. …discover what your team has been missing.
  26. …discover what your business has been missing.
  27. …discover your true purpose.
  28. …discover your true priority.
  29. …realize the value of a day away from the office.
  30. …learn a new skill.
  31. …practice a new skill.
  32. …change your perspective.
  33. …discover a hidden talent.
  34. …refine or restore a rusty talent.
  35. …realize that this event on this day was meant for you.
  36. …be challenged in ways that are new to you.
  37. …replace one of your limiting beliefs with the truth.
  38. …leave the event with renewed confidence.
  39. …overcome a fear.
  40. …clean up your stinkin’ thinkin’!

    You could even…

  41. …have a life-changing spiritual experience.
  42. …discover choices you never knew were available.
  43. …hear a powerful quotation.
  44. …hear an unforgettable poem, story or song.
  45. …discover how great it is to be around people who want to learn and grow.
  46. …rediscover how important it is to invest in yourself.
  47. …rediscover the facts of life.
  48. …return home with page-after-page of life-changing notes.
  49. …meet the perfect accountability partner.
  50. …shift into overdrive by a day full of “Aha’s!”

To identify the value.  Choose any three outcomes in the list above and ask yourself the following questions…

  • What would it mean to me personally and professionally to experience just three of these outcomes?  Would it be worth my investment of time and money?
  • What choices am I continually making that block me from the growth and development that will empower me to become the person I was meant to be?

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An Ancient Life-changing Story

Aesop’s fable, The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs, teaches an important character lesson — the consequences of impatience and greed.

There once was a farmer who had a special goose that laid an egg of solid gold every day. One day, assuming that his goose was filled with gold, the farmer decided to cut it open to get the gold all at once. Instead, he discovered there was no gold inside and realized there would be no more gold for him.

The powerful lesson of this story has been largely forgotten and replaced with new cultural norms such as the “instant gratification” we seek and the “junk food” we feed our minds.  Such attitudes and their subsequent behaviors go against the wisdom of the ages.  But, even when we know better, we are influenced by the cultural mantra that says, “Give me more gold and give it to me NOW!  I need it and I deserve it”

Our culture is a mess, a downright UGLY MESS!  Zombies, monsters, thugs and other human train-wrecks have become the icons of our culture. Immoral and unprofessional behaviors are cool!  For many, texting, video games and random sniffing about the Internet are today’s engagement addictions.  It gets worse. These addictions spread like a virus and have the power to inspire and empower antisocial and even dangerous behaviors.  Our sick culture is constantly setting traps that kill our geese.  Unfortunately, the geese don’t see the dangers.

“You are what you are and you are where you are
because of what has gone into your mind.

You change what you are and you change where you are
by changing what goes into your mind.”

― Zig Ziglar

Yes, the culture is a mess and it’s time for me to reveal that you don’t have a gooseYou ARE the goose!  You were born with the capacity to produce golden eggs.  The key is to protect yourself and develop your potential by separating yourself from a sick culture that is out to steal your golden eggs and take your life.

The solution is to step away from the culture by making positive changes that restore your values and redefine your priorities accordingly.  You must decide to take care of yourself physically, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.  Exercise and replace junk food with wholesome food that helps the goose get well physically.  Choose to put “cheap, sleazy” entertainment where it belongs, in the trash can.  Make better use of your calendar.  Schedule time every week to learn and practice.  Each positive choice, put into action, takes you one step closer toward wellness and the golden eggs of your true potential.  But here’s the most important part.  Unless you place God at the heart of this restoration effort, the ugly alternative is for you to remain a sick goose!

“What you feed your mind determines your appetite.” ― Tom Ziglar

Up to this point I’ve pointed mostly toward the geese that need the most help.  Hopefully you have risen above the cultural sickness.  Congratulations!  You are enjoying as more fulfilling life AND are leading others by your example!  Here’s my challenge.  Can you do a little bit more?  Are you willing to learn the art and power of engagement so you can influence others to become healthy golden egg producers?  It’s not as hard as you might think.  There are many small, simple things you can incorporate into your busy routine that will make a dent in our sick culture.  Visit CrossAbilities.com for the next engagement event AND some free resources.  These will help you be a goose that leads others toward a better life.

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A Lesson in Smart Buying!

“Smart Buying is less about comparing price and features
than it is about value assessment.”
– CC

You are only human. Therefore, you’ve probably made more than one impulsive, disappointing and wasteful purchase. It could be a product that broke one day after the warranty expired or a product that you didn’t need or a service that didn’t pan out, that you bought because it looked good on television.

On the extreme side, maybe you’ve made so many bad purchases that you have become gun-shy about any purchase over $20. While your fear of wasting money can protect you from making stupid purchases, it can also steer you away from smart, life-changing ones.

Every purchase has its risks, which means we are likely to face fear whenever we face buying decisions. The problem is that fear can be either the voice of conscience or a powerful excuse-maker. The key to managing fear and making effective buying decisions is to ask good questions. Here are a few assessment questions that will help you define a better context and make wiser decisions:

  1. If I buy ‘X’, what’s the WORST CASE OUTCOME?

Example: I got nothing of value and the money and time invested were totally wasted. Furthermore, I am frustrated and don’t believe any such product/service can benefit me.

  1. If I buy ‘X’, what’s the BEST CASE OUTCOME?

Example: I feel great about my purchase. All my expectations were met and then some! The value so far exceeded my original expectations that I’ve experienced transformation beyond my imagination.

  1. Somewhere between worst case and best case is the MOST LIKELY OUTCOME. Visualize it, define it, then ask yourself, “What would this MOST LIKELY OUTCOME mean to me physically, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually, professionally and/or relationally? Then, decide how much you are willing to pay to own it.
  1. The remaining questions are about the price. For higher-priced items we typically ask ourselves, “Can I afford it?” That’s fair, but the smart buyer will also ask, “What will it cost me to NOT buy it?” and then compare the two answers before making the decision – a better decision than one that is fixated solely on “How much is it?”

I’ll close with a challenge for sellers. Please make it easier for us buyers to see the value in your products and services. Benefits are not expressed by reciting a list of features. Benefits are favored outcomes. Ask us questions like this: “What would this product/service mean to you, or your family, or your colleagues, or…?