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Friday, November 30, 2012

"The world has officially lost one of the most influential and inspirational messengers of our time. Christian businessman, author, and motivational speaker Zig Ziglar, 86, passed away Wednesday, November 28 following a battle with pneumonia. On just Monday, he celebrated 66 years of marriage with his Jean." (from one of the many obits)

Zig was a wonderful man. I had the opportunity to attend his Sunday school class at Prestonwood a few times when visiting my friend in Dallas. He was exactly as he is in his books and public presentations: genuine, positive, and willing to help anybody and everybody.

One of my favorite Zig books is Staying Up, Up, Up in a Down, Down World. It's a daily motivational book. One of the stories in that book is what got me back on track with dropping the lbs and getting healthy. Zig said one day he realized that if he broke the ultimate goal in to smaller weekly goals it was obviously attainable. I read that in October and decided to lose 20 lbs by Jan 1 of that year. I only lost 18, but I'd been unable to get the scale to move for such a long time. I'm completely happy with that. Zig lit the fire that got me going.

some of my favorite Zig quotes:
"If you treat your wife like a thoroughbred you won't end up with a nag."
"Nobody can get your goat if they don't know where it's tied."
“Failing is an event, not a person. Yesterday ended last night.”
“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”
“You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.”
"Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.”
"You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great."
"It's not what happens to you that determines how far you will go in life; it is how you handle what happens to you.”
"There are no traffic jams on the extra mile."

thank you, Zig. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
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    This is such a nice tribute blog...I too loved Zig Zigler..the all time motivational guru innovator! He had some great sayings didn't he...and the fact that he motivated you to get back on the healthy track is very inspirational...keep on keepin' on is a journey and we are on it...we have two paths to choose from...we can make it a healthy happy one...or a miserable sickly one...I'm on the healthy path and so are you! I'm proud of BOTH of us! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1777 days ago
    Zig was a great inspiration to so many and will continue through his books and quotes. I enjoyed reading your blog today; it was good to be reminded again that things seem a lot easier and doable when they are broken down into smaller goals. Lucky you to have been able to attend some of his classes in Dallas. emoticon
    1782 days ago
  • SUNSHINE99999
    Amen to it all. wow, 66 years is a long time as my wife and I are at 27 so I promise to treat her right. Blessings!
    1782 days ago
    I too will miss Zig. Although he had slipped considerably since his fall several years ago, he was still a great motivator!

    Make today a great day!
    1782 days ago
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