Saturday, January 25, 2014

Sneak Peek!

I have the honor of being one of only 26 people who can claim they are Ziglar Legacy Certified.  The certification experience was beyond anything I can put into words.  Our class decided to write a book!  Following is an excerpt from my chapter:

I forwarded the e-mail to my husband and said “I don't care what it costs, I want to go.” “It” was the Ziglar Legacy Certification Class. He knew I was convicted and didn't bat an eyelash. “Okay, we will make it work” he said. His response was my confirmation that this was meant to be. You see, my husband does not make financial decisions lightly. This man takes six months to buy a car. Between his normal reluctance, and the fact that our discretionary income at the time was close to nil, getting the nod to move forward was nothing short of miraculous.

My history as a Zig fan had been paving the way to this moment for quite some time, so I suppose the request did not come as a complete surprise.

In 1990, I was a 19 year old receptionist at AMRE in Irving. Two professionals from Ziglar came to train some of our salespeople. We struck up a conversation as they waited. One of them handed me a cassette as they left for their appointment. It was an hour-long recording of one of the original See You at the Top presentations. The cassette did not leave the tape deck of my Honda Civic for many months and it played constantly. At one time I believe I could have recited the entire thing. From Mr. B to tales of working FOR the railroad, I soaked up every word.

The concepts were simple perhaps, but even simple information must be presented in a way that the listener not only understands, but can identify with and put into practical use in their own life. Zig was a story teller. His stories had meaning, depth and impact. With the lilt of his southern accent and a smile you could hear, he shared. He never professed to be the expert or the last word on right and wrong – he didn't have to – he simply WAS. Humble to the core, willing to admit mistakes and defeat, yet on fire with a desire to do nothing more than make the lives of others better through an exploration of his own life. What worked, what didn't and how to navigate in a way to avoid the pitfalls.

His words guided my actions and attitudes at a very fragile point in my life. 

For more, look for the book - Ziglar Legacy: First Class All the Way  Coming in March!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Are you a toddler in the grocery store?

Are you the toddler in the grocery store? Imagine being a parent with a toddler in a grocery store. Not just a toddler but a toddler not in a grocery cart. A toddler with free will. How long do you think it would take your parent to get through the grocery store?

To God, our parent, we are the toddler in the grocery store. He lets us roam around exploring all of our options. And even tells us if we'll get through the grocery store will have something more exciting at the end. Like a visit to the park. But we get distracted and all the shiny things all the juice boxes all The cereal.

We try to pull things off the shelves. God corrects us.

We say we want the shiny toy, want a candy bar. God tells us no. He answers us. But the answer is no. Then we pitch a fit and have a tantrum and tell him how much we wanted. And he tells us no again because he is consistent. And then we finally get through the grocery store to discover that if we had only listened and followed, we could have been at the park hours ago!

How much 'park time' are you giving up?  Choose to listen and follow so you can spend more time in the sun!