“That is the simple secret, always take your heart to work.”Meryl Streep
There are many things that I have enjoyed about my journey through life. And one of those things has been meeting so many people and learning about what they do for a living, what their hobbies are, their family history and where they are from.
Having traveled for most of my career, I have shared many planes, trains and automobiles with people who started out as strangers, but as we parted ways, we separated as friends and connected in some way.
What always stood out to me was the sense of pride, joy and enthusiasm many of the people I met had about their work. I have met software developers working on a unique program to improve disease management, teachers and professors who beamed when talking about their students, doctors, nurses, lawyers, bakers, athletes, actors, taxidermists, salespeople, CEOs, stay-at-home parents and so many others that it is impossible to list them all here.
And as I look back on some incredible memories of my time spent traveling, I am most grateful for the conversations with my seatmates as they shared their passion and heart for the work they did. They always took their heart to work. They went to work with a servant’s heart. They saw themselves as more than an employee, consultant or owner of a company. They saw themselves as being a difference-maker in some way…
One of the bigger misconceptions and mistakes I see or hear is around abundance. For some reason, many of us immediately associate abundance with money.
And although having an abundance of money rarely hurts us, having an abundance of other more important things in life usually always helps us. And if we are abundantly blessed with good things, sometimes we need to appreciate the abundance of troubles that come our way as well.
Experiencing abundance may begin right here with this quote by Zig Ziglar: “You can have everything in life that you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”
Let’s start by talking about those other things in life outside of money, that when we have them in abundance, can make such a huge difference.
Appreciation is first. I have a few friends that I stay connected to each day by phone, email, or text. And one thing we talk about most is our gratitude bucket. The more we show appreciation for what we have today, the more we will have to be grateful for tomorrow.
Building others up is an absolute key to finding abundance. The more we can provide others with a little hope and encouragement, and help them to increase in their own abundance, the more that we become blessed and enriched ourselves.
Unconditional love and forgiveness might just be the most powerful and best-kept secret ingredient when it comes to abundance. When we can demonstrate this trait and make it a core value, it is a game-changer.
Needs of others. When we put others above ourselves, focusing on what they need most, and do whatever we can that is within our ability to help, it will be one of the more rewarding feelings that we can experience in life…
When we anticipate the future, do we see ourselves winning or succeeding? Or do we look into our future and see only losses or failure ahead?
Some could see this as a simple difference between optimism and pessimism. However, it is more than that too. When we dream, we don’t typically dream of the fish we almost caught, the deal we almost won or the meal we almost prepared.
No, typically in our dreams we catch the fish, and it is bigger than we expected; we close the deal, and it’s worth more in commission than any previous deal we had sold; and the dinner we cooked was nothing short of culinary perfection, worthy of qualifying for a spot on a famous cooking show.
Over the course of life, I have yet to find the person who shared a dream where they saw themselves shanking a drive on the golf course, had a big outdoor event like a wedding getting rained out or canceled, or the company they were about to start becoming an immediate and utter failure. When those do occur, those are nightmares, not dreams.
All visions of success are not limited to dreams. As a matter of fact, many people who have achieved their goals in life didn’t passively wait for success to happen to them, they went ahead and made success happen. And the way they contributed to their success was planning, preparing, and rehearsing ahead of time…
We all know that feeling of entering a construction zone while we are driving, don’t we? Whether it is a major highway or just a single-lane road that gets shut down, we are either forced to find a detour or accept the delay and ride out the traffic until we get past the construction that is currently underway.
Although we know that when the construction ends, the improvements made will make our commute easier in the long run, we can’t help but feel a little frustrated and inconvenienced in the moment.
The other day I found myself on such a road. It was a beautiful scenic drive and then suddenly, the orange and white, yellow and black signs started to appear: Construction Entrance; Begin Construction; Road Work Ahead; Road Construction Ahead; Entering Work Zone; Construction Zone Begins; Entering Construction Zone; Slow Down Construction Area Ahead Trucks Entering. Well, maybe I didn’t see all of these signs on this particular drive, but I am sure I have at some point over the course of my life. And I am fairly certain you have as well.
I decided to ride out the traffic and just accept the delay. And then the other signs started to pop up as I began to resume the normal speed limit: End Active Work Zone; End Construction; or End of Construction. And as I approached those signs, I realized I had a great appreciation for the men and women who are out there each day building, rebuilding, or repairing our roadways so that we are safer, and our future drives are made so much easier. Kudos to all those who work so hard to make our lives better in the long run. And maybe we can all do our part in being a little more patient so that we can keep them safer each day too…
A few years ago, I had the opportunity to be a passenger in my friend’s Porsche 911 as he demonstrated how fast going from zero to 60 MPH in less than 3 seconds feels. And I will share with you that it was quite exhilarating.
In late 2020, I was reminded that I would be turning 59 years old this year. And then it dawned on me, I would be turning 60 in 2022. Simple math right. Where has the time gone — I mean sometimes it feels like I went from 0 to 59 years old in 3 seconds too. And then I remembered a famous quote by Michael Altshuler,
“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.”Michael Altshuler
When I realized that I had 60 weeks to go until I turned 60, I knew I could no longer be a passenger, I had to get into the cockpit and take control over what happens next. With that inspiration, I wrote out my “60 to 60 Success Plan for Life.” The plan was built around one primary question,
“How do I want to arrive to the party when I turn 60?”
I will share with you that as I developed my plan, I solicited feedback from family members, friends and advisers. And although my personal plan was a “60 weeks to 60 years old” plan, I had people ask me to help them with their “30 weeks to turning 30 years old” plan, “42 days to turning 42 years old,” and someone who wanted help with a “30, 60, 90-day success” plan that had nothing to do with reaching an age milestone, and everything to do with making changes in their life that would help them to succeed personally and professionally.
Here are the elements of my 60 to 60 plan that I shared with others. You will recognize activities, concepts, and attitudinal adjustments around the things that I either wanted to change and would commit to change, or new strategies that would help me execute against my plan and reach my desired goals…
What do we tend to enjoy more, remembering our greatest hits, our “best of” moments, or our bloopers? It seems like most of the people I asked preferred to reflect on their greatest hits and most significant accomplishments. However, there were also many people who shared that they love to laugh, even when it means laughing at themselves. They completely enjoy their flashbacks of mistakes, gaffs, and harmless miscues of life.
We all have a replay button for our lives. It’s what we choose to rewind and replay, and what we want to repeat, or perhaps, avoid repeating in the future.
I think it is a fantastic idea to look back on past successes, especially as a way of reminding ourselves of the good things we have accomplished and what we are still capable of achieving. I also am a big believer of looking back in laughter. Those times where we innocently tried to say something and used the wrong words, made a silly analogy, or know that we uttered something outrageously wrong. Others laughed with us, and we still laugh at ourselves today…
Winning Happens When We Choose to Win
When we are intentional about making our choices and deliberate when it comes to choosing our own path, we typically increase our chances of success. It’s when we allow others to make our choices for us, or when we allow circumstances or even prior habits to dictate our path that we find ourselves living a life that is vastly different than the one we dreamed of or had envisioned for ourselves.
Are you ready to Choose to Win?
It’s a choice to create a winning life and a better experience for ourselves. We are the ones who get to ultimately choose what we act upon, what we respond to, and the direction we choose to pursue. It’s a choice, and if you are reading this blog right now, you still have time to make new choices. You can choose to follow the rewarding path you may be currently on and enjoying or choose a new and different way forward. A path forward that will help you to achieve your goals and dreams while living a life of purpose
Success in life is a choice, are you ready to choose to win?
One of my favorite personal development books of all time came out earlier this year. It is titled Choose to Win by Tom Ziglar, the proud son of Zig Ziglar and the CEO of the Zig Ziglar Corporation. The subtitle contains the magic and power of the book, “Transform Your Life One Simple Step at a Time.”
Norton’s Main Scoop is offering a 9-week program to teach the proven strategies and tactics contained within the book that are helping people who want to win, make the choice to win. Proven strategies and tactics that work in both our personal lives as well as our professional lives.
Tom Ziglar’s secret to success? “The fastest way to success is to replace bad habits with good habits.”
Sounds kind of easy right? If it is, why aren’t we all already doing it? It’s because we haven’t yet made the choice to intentionally choose to win. We may have made bad decisions in the past, we may have chosen poorly, but we can start turning that all around with the choices we make today and in all the tomorrows yet to come.
This tremendously amazing 9-week program will take place once a week, virtually. Each week will be a 90-minute session focusing on:
Our Desire, Hope, and Grit
The 7 Choices Plan: Mental, Spiritual, Physical, Family, Financial, Personal, and Career
The Perfect Start
Choosing to Live a Life of purpose
The teachings of Zig Ziglar continue to positively impact millions of people. His body of work when it comes to developing excellence in ourselves and in others has contributed to the success of many CEO’s, business owners, parents, students, athletes, salespeople, managers, and people from all walks of life. This new book by his son Tom Ziglar, Choose to Win, and the 9-week Choose to Win program will change your life and contribute to your success.
It really will, but only if you first choose that you want to win and desire a change in your own path or journey.
How about you? Is it time to replace a bad habit with a good one? Is it time to make new choices? We would love to have you choose to join us and participate in the program. There is limited availability and seating so if you are Choosing to Win, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or register at tramazing.com.
Michael and Kim Norton are the owners of Norton’s Main Scoop and the Co-Founders of tramazing, www.tramazing.com, where training is made amazing. Michael is the former President of the Zig Ziglar organization and has held various executive positions throughout his career. In addition to making delicious homemade ice cream, Kim is a Professional in Human Resources and has created and delivered training programs around the world. Together, they will be your facilitators when you Choose to Win and join the program.
Other tramazing programs offered:
Sales Management Training
Top Performance Management: How to Develop Excellence in Yourself and Others
Strategies for Success
You can also get a copy of “Choose to Win” or visit Ziglar’s site to read more about the book and the Ziglar legacy at https://www.ziglar.com/choose/