Wednesday, January 5, 2011

My Favorite Zig Ziglar Quotes

Zig Ziglar (1926 - ) has been a best-selling author and motivational speaker for the past 40 years. He blends practical realism with Christian values and a plain-spoken style. The result is home-spun wisdom and inspiration about sales, success, life and many other topics. He's one of the best-known and admired speakers of all time.

Along the way, he's told so many stories and said so many wise things that so many people have quoted for so many years, that it may seem like you've been hearing his insights all your life. Here are ten of my favorites...

On ATTITUDE - "You cannot tailor-make the situations in life but you can tailor-make the attitudes to fit those situations."

On CHARACTER - “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”

On COOPERATION - "Individuals score points, but teams win games."

On FLEXIBILITY - "Be firm on principle but flexible on method."

On FORGIVENESS - "When you forgive somebody else you accept the responsibility for your own future."

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

On PERSEVERANCE - "There's often no way you can look into the game of life and determine whether or not you'll get that big break tomorrow or whether it will take another week, month, year or even longer. But it will come!"

On RESPONSIBILITY - “You are free to choose, but the choices you make today will determine what you will have, be and do in the tomorrow of your life.”

On SUCCESS - “Success is the maximum utilization of the ability that you have.”

On VISION - “If you want to reach a goal, you must "see the reaching" in your own mind before you actually arrive at your goal.”

A favorite Zig Ziglar video clip - on changing an attitude.

Check this Zig Ziglar podcast - on forgiveness.

Post by Dennis E. Coates, Ph.D., Copyright 2010. Building Personal Strength .


Anonymous said...

Thank u for this article that has motivated and inspired me to do the best I can do, GBU always! -Rudyanto Lay

Andy K said...

For all the talk about attitude in this world I have found it's a relatively easy thing to say...but very difficult...for me at accomplish. (As in, "Have a positive mental attitude...")

I love Zig his stuff all the time. The quotes are a great starting point...but man...actually "living" them is a skill set that is hard won sometimes.

Thanks for the post!