|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…
When thinking or having a conversation about an opportunity, people are good at asking and answering Who, Why, Where, and How, but not so hot on When. You don’t believe me? Look at the calendars of 10 people you know, then look at their to-do lists. If people were really as good at When their calendars would be filled with the most important things on their to-do lists. In her book, “Busy Being Busy” my friend Michelle Prince says, “You can learn a lot by paying attention to where you end up in the bookstore.” So true! I would add that you can also learn a lot by paying attention to what’s on your calendar.
Why is the calendar so important? Here’s what I know. What matters gets scheduled and what gets scheduled is more likely to be completed when it matters most. To-do lists are wish lists. Calendars are commitment lists with minute-by-minute calls to action.
Suppose you are a busy business owner and you are invited to a professional development event. You believe there is value in participating, but you hesitate. So, let’s start with a When question. “When do you want to start being more productive, making more profit, better serving your customers, and having more free time for yourself?” Typical answers to a question like this are: Immediately, Soon, Eventually, Some Day, and When I Have More Time.
Every one of these answers is vague and shows a lack of commitment. Each would be easily made specific by assigning to it a date and time AND more real by putting it on the calendar. So, here is your formula for success:
- Always choose what matters most.
- Always schedule what matters most.
- What gets scheduled gets done.
- What gets done, makes a difference.
Life is simpler than we realize when we prioritize and organize!
Thinking about personal productivity brings to mind two words: efficiency and effectiveness. Efficiency is a quantitative measurement of production. Effectiveness is a qualitative concept comparing results within a standard of excellence. Together they are known as “productivity.”
Whenever we talk about productivity, we are discussing the “currencies of life” such as money, time and human effort. Until we evaluate the exchanges and trade-offs of these currencies we can’t intentionally make good decisions about our efficiency and effectiveness. Let’s look at two of life’s currencies.
Time Isn’t Money, Time is Life
Time is our most precious currency because it’s irreplaceable. We simply can’t create more time for ourselves. Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day and we all have a limited total allocation, otherwise known as “lifespan.” Furthermore, we cannot know with certainty how long that span is.
Conclusion: Whatever you trade away your time for better be worth the exchange. In other words, is this a good deal?
What Will I Do for Money?
Just because people live in a free society with unlimited earning potential does not diminish the value of money. Think of what you gave up to acquire yours. At the very least, you traded away some of your precious time and energy. Some people also trade away their dreams, opportunities, relationships, and integrity for money. Ouch!
Conclusion: Whenever you are considering a trade that involves money always ask, “Is this exchange in everyone’s best interest?”
As trainer, teacher, author and coach, I ask people to trade some of their money and time in exchange for an opportunity to have a better future. This transaction is called an investment. Whether the professional development opportunity is one of mine or from someone else, I encourage people to increase their capacity by investing in themselves on a regular basis. Clay Mathile, former owner of IAMS, said this, “When you invest a dollar in a person, you get $10 back. When you invest a dollar in a machine, you get $2 back.”
There’s something I know is true without question and has to do with personal growth and development. It’s one of the facts of life. Zig Ziglar explained it this way: “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.” This bit of wisdom begs the question, “What will I feed my mind today, this week, this month?”
Agree? Then maybe I’ll see you at one of our development events sometime. Information online HERE.
Jim Rohn (1930-2009), American entrepreneur,
NOTE: Jim left us on Dec. 8, 2009. While we will miss him.