|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)
To identify the value. Choose any three outcomes in the list above and ask yourself the following questions…
Unpleasant hunger pangs, that growling stomach discomfort and awareness of sagging energy, are physical reminders that our bodies need to be refueled. But what about our minds? Do people have a signal like an inner voice that urges them to nourish their minds and hearts? I believe some do – perhaps not everyone.
Based on my observation of human behavior it would seem whatever that voice is saying is gentler than the voice of a grinding stomach and no match for human stubbornness. However, there are some who discover a way to align their free will with their whispering conscience. A person like this responds by making good choices about feeding their body and mind and heart and spirit. No matter how crazy life gets, they are prepared at every level and able to restore balance.
Here’s what I know – people need nourishment and exercise to be healthy and happy and they know it. Still, they are inconsistent in both areas. Tragic as this is culturally, we are significantly more neglectful about mental, emotional, creative and spiritual health. How else can we explain the people problems that exist in every sector of society?
Here are estimates on what America spends in a year on our bodies and our physical appearances:
- Food: Nearly $1.35 Trillion (USDA-2013)
- Cosmetics: Nearly $60 billion
- Tattoos: $3 Billion
- Surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures: $12 billion
- Fitness Industry: $40 billion
- Hair, nails & tanning: $10 billion
- Fashion: $250 billion
- TOTAL: $1,745,000,000,000 ($1.745 Trillion)
Now, look at how we as a nation, after formal education, continue our personal and professional development. Businesses and other organizations spent an estimated $55.4 billion on training in 2014. (That’s less than $25/month per American adult.) As the numbers show, it’s a tiny fraction of what we spend on our bodies. The ratio is approximately 97 to 3 in favor of the body. The difference becomes even more dramatic when we add the cost of repairing our broken bodies (i.e. health care.) Maybe if we invested more wisely, focusing more intentionally on our inner selves, we would make different choices for our outer selves.
Human bodies are like a mobile home. It’s where a person can reside and a vehicle that moves the person from one place to another. In these ways, the mobile home is very useful. Therefore, we need to take good physical care of it. However, if the person inside is neglected to the point of starvation, what’s the point of the mobile home?
None of these thoughts are intended to place moral judgments on tattoos or nice clothes nor are they to suggest we neglect our bodies. The lesson is about prioritization. I believe Americans would be healthier, happier and more productive if we would invest more in the person inside. This suggests we probably need to redirect some of our resources. Oh NO!
Here’s the good news. You can do this and you don’t have to wait until the next January 1st, spend a fortune or give up everything that is fun! You can begin one new practice — today that will put you on a path to a better life. Ask your self, “What could I read to get started? What could I sign up for? What wisdom could I seek? Who could I reach out to for the help I need? However, the first question you need to ask yourself I this, “Am I hungry enough to change my diet today?”
The body is a home for people.
We are wise to take good care of ours.
But if we don’t care for the person who lives there,
what’s the point? — Clancy Cross
For some, today’s post will be the most important message of the year. Anticipating this, I prepared it in a unique and powerful way, which I’ll explain later. In the meantime, I encourage you to pay close attention to the message and determine if there’s any relevance to your life and career.
Your Potential for Greatness
What lies behind you and what lies before you are tiny matters compared to what lies within you. Man was designed for accomplishment, engineered for success, and endowed with the seeds of greatness. Understand this, you were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win. Therefore, always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
What’s Holding You Back?
The sad thing is, many people who have been with a company five years do not have five years’ experience. They have one year’s experience five times and no specific plan for making next year anything but a repeat performance. Unrecognized, undeveloped, unused ability is one of the great tragedies of life.
Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. How so? What you feed your mind determines your appetite. Whatever you put your time, energy and money into will become more important to you. It’s hard to care for something you’re not investing in.
Turning Things Around is Up to You!
If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree. If you aren’t willing to risk $85 on your dream, then you’re probably not ready for a $2 million miracle.
It’s amazing what happens when you recognize your good qualities, accept responsibility for your future, and take positive action to make that future even brighter. But, before you change your thinking, you have to change what goes into your mind. You are what you are and where you are because of what has gone into your mind. You can change what you are and where you are by changing what goes into your mind.
When Do You Find Time to Work on Yourself?
Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have 24-hour days. What gets scheduled gets done. What doesn’t get scheduled doesn’t get done. The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities. To change your life, you need to change your priorities. You can’t fatten the pig on market day!
About this Post
There’s power in the words of influential people. Each of the four sections above consists of quotes attributed to sources such as: Zig Ziglar, Jim Rohn, Stephen Covey, Michael Hyatt, Will Rogers, Mark Batterson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, William Faulkner, John Howard, Zahid Abas and the movie “Fireproof”. My role was to mine the gold and bring it to market, although I confess to adding six words to enhance readability.
The value you assign to this collection of gold nuggets depends largely on what relevance you assign to your personal and professional development. I hope it’s important enough that you are working on your growth plan and implementing it to achieve your growth goals.
Whether it’s writing, teaching or coaching, what I love doing as much as anything else is helping people like you with your plan and its implementation. Why? “Because Your Potential Matters!”
Looking at Employability
High unemployment numbers would seem to imply there is a glut of available talent. But, are all of these displaced workers employable? By employable, I mean possessing the necessary skills and willing to accept the compensation terms offered by the employer. From the perspective of a corporate hiring professional, anyone could be judged as employable if they are simply a viable candidate for any of the company’s existing openings. A recruiting firm might have a similar definition based on the clientele it serves.
On the flip side, the term “unemployable” is very depressing. Many good workers have been squeezed out by the economy. However, if the anecdotal evidence within my two degrees of separation is a reliable indicator, there is a portion of today’s displaced workforce that is temporarily unemployable. The key word is “temporarily.” Stick with me while I explain.
Death By Neglect
Many people learn the hard way that working their jobs faithfully and consistently while not so faithfully, intentionally, and consistently working on themselves is risky. Personal neglect combined with promotions based on seniority (i.e. “The Peter Principle”) and cost of living adjustments leads to a “productivity vs. compensation deficit,” a condition that turns good people into “organizational dead wood.” By comparison, those who neglect their bodies the way they neglect their minds are speeding toward death.
Speaking of death, one of life’s tragic lessons is revealed at funerals. I’m not referring to loss of the dearly departed. I’m referring to the regret those who are left behind openly express to each other with words such as, “It’s a shame we only see each other at funerals.”
“Every man dies – Not every man really lives.”
— William Wallace, Brave Heart
Besides finding time to be with loved ones, what else do people routinely neglect because they are “too busy?” Professional development! Unfortunately, it often takes a sudden job loss for most people to resume investing in themselves. Whether one is unemployed, at risk of becoming unemployed, considering a voluntary career change, or safe in their current job, the advice is the same – develop and execute a strategic plan for personal and professional development.
What’s Gonna Be My Plan?
Investing in oneself is just as much the solution to being temporarily unemployable as it is the key to career advancement and personal satisfaction. Accepting these truths, the question becomes, “Where do I want to go and how do I plan to get there?”
“Would you tell me please which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat
“I don t much care where—” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat
“—so long as I get somewhere,” Alice added as an explanation.
”Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”
— Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Some will choose a plan based on learning new processes and procedures. Others will look to gain new technical knowledge. Still others will seek growth by developing new manual skills. All good stuff! However, a long-term strategy must also include working on life skills sometimes known by names such as: self-awareness, values clarification, value/behavior realignment, verbal and written communication, relationship building, teamwork, change management, strategic planning, goal setting, leadership, networking, motivation, emotional intelligence, character development, and etiquette. Above every other skill, it’s these life skills that make people more valuable to their employers. Also, they are fully transferable to any employer, career, industry, and every other aspect of life.
Defining urgency, someone once said, “The time to dig your well is before you are thirsty.” If you are thirsty now, the urgency is even more profound. So, “your mission, should you decide to accept it,” is to revitalize your career by investing in yourself. Create a strategic plan for yourself, with short-term and long-term objectives and put it into action immediately.