How’s your attitude?

By Karrie Marsh, Executive Assistant and Guest Blogger

“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”

“People often say motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing—that’s why we recommend it daily.”

These are two of my favorite quotes from a World War II vet, who was a top sales person in several organizations before becoming a motivational speaker and a trainer. He has trained individuals, non-profits, small business and many Fortune 500 companies.  He became well known for blending his own religious beliefs with positive thinking to create a philosophy that was his own.

Sadly, Zig Ziglar passed away yesterday. However, due to his passion for wanting to help people and businesses grow both professionally and personally, he had written over 25 books on leadership, personal growth, sales, faith and family.

Over the years, I have met people of all ages that were influenced by Zig Ziglar’s wisdom. I always find it interesting to see what quote or lesson has inspired people. I remember a coworker from several years back that always kept a list of his short term and long term goals in his wallet. He stressed to me that I should do the same. The goals were personal, professional, spiritual and financial.

I followed his advice in 2005 and was amazed when I came across the list a few years later. I had surpassed some of the goals, began others and completely forgotten a few. Reviewing the list reminded me about what is important to me in each category. Life gets busy so the list is a quick reminder of the path I want to be on and a reminder not to get caught up in the trivial things in life.

Thoughts of Zig Ziglar will always remind me that attitude is so important, amongst other things. So how is your attitude today at work? At home? With your relationships? It is never too late to refocus in the direction you want to go.

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