Stop Waiting and Start Doing: A Simple Formula for Realizing Your Personal Goals.

Via Tanya Lee Markul
on Jan 4, 2011
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Lose 37 Pounds & Write a Book

Who the heck is Zig Ziglar? Oh, just your everyday author, salesperson and motivational speaker with an emphasis on Christian values. Now keep an open mind even if you’re not into evangelistic-like performances.

A friend shared this 3-part Youtube video with me of Ziglar talking about the importance of setting goals to realize your own potential. He uses two examples: losing weight and writing a book.

I can imagine that the notion of losing weight means something, or has meant something, to a lot of us living in the Western world. Indeed it has meant something to me. Anyways, Ziglar says in one of the clips, “I have never accidentally ever eaten anything. It’s always been deliberate and when I choose to eat too much today, I have chosen to weigh too much tomorrow.”

Makes pretty good sense to me, we may not realize why we eat the way we do, but it’s certainly a deliberate action. And, whatever it is we choose to consume, it catches up with us in one way or another.

Ziglar then uses the example of writing a book to emphasize how people procrastinate with a million excuses. Waiting for something to happen in order to get busy, waiting for something or someone else to change in order to get started, having to get organized first and/or waiting until the weather clears up. The line, “a book doesn’t write itself,” comes to mind. Seems appropriate.

It certainly seems easier to wait for changes to take place externally in the world around us before we start to change what is within. Having a reason to wait gives us the best excuse to put things off, although I think it takes even more effort resisting it.

So, how do you lose 37 pounds and write a book? According to Zig Ziglar, you set goals. He says that we can choose to set goals and realize our potential, or we can choose not to set goals and the consequences further down the line will not be good.

I tend to agree with Ziglar’s thoughts (although I do not recommend listening to the Youtube clips repetitively within a short period of time on full volume). I think his formula for setting goals is pretty applicable to nearly everything, and a good way to get started. Hey, why not?!

My favorite line that Ziglar quotes: “Logic will not change an emotion, but action will.” Amen.

A summary of Ziglar’s formula for setting goals:
1. Write down what you want to achieve.
2. Date it.
3. List the obstacles you will have to face.
4. Identify the groups or people you will need to work with, and from whom you will need support.
5. Devise a plan of action.
6. Set a time limit.
7. Identify all the benefits of what’s in it for you.
8. Make it a reality!

Part One of Three

Part Two of Three

Part Three of Three

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About Tanya Lee Markul

Luring the magic of what is natural back into our daily lives, Tanya Markul is a freer of creativity, of inner beauty + power, and an enthusiastic igniter of the wild spirit! She re-writing the wild flower sutras, and offers a refreshing & badass view on spirituality, wellness & authentic living. Sensitivity is her tree trunk, flower stem, and nucleus. It is her belly, and her heart. Tanya is an artist of life, a faery of trees, a wanderer of the dark, a writer of heart, a misfit yogini, and an Urban Priestess apprentice. She believes in the power of your personal weird, quirky, magic, and that only path toward inner freedom & light, is through the dark — eyes closed, heart open. Tanya is the creator of The Urban Howl, Yoga Write Now & Waking Wild. Join her free forum for monthly yoga & writing practices here. Join her free forum for 30 days of exercise for 30 days here. Join her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & get her free weekly & quirky newsletter here.


7 Responses to “Stop Waiting and Start Doing: A Simple Formula for Realizing Your Personal Goals.”

  1. SweetSelf says:

    Thank you, Tanya! These videos are great! I was surprised that he pulled me in so quickly. I forwarded the youtube links to a number of friends and family (sorry not your article because I didn't want to get into a whole analysis with them about what elephantjournal is)…. and have heard back from numerous ones that the videos were appreciated. One friend had hit a low spot in her training for her first IronMan triathlon and said the videos came at the perfect moment and she plans to use them weekly on the hard day of her training. I enjoyed your article very much and appreciated the summary of Ziglar's formula.

  2. tanya says:

    Thanks so much for your response SweetSelf! The funny thing is is that a friend shared this with me at quite a perfect time as well. He was visiting me over the New Year and we took the time to use Ziglar's formula to write up our resolutions. 🙂 It's definitely motivating and I think the formula itself is great – it's simple and not complex and that in itself is motivating. 🙂

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