September 7, 2010 Edition #36
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Zig On…The Boy Scout Oath
(Part Four of a Five-Part Series)
"...TO KEEP MYSELF..." The Scout Oath in its entirety says, "On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight." Let's look at the final portion of that Oath.
When we take care of our bodies, we're energized to do more in our personal, family and business lives. One study of top-level executives revealed that 93% of them have a high energy level. Less than 10% of them smoke, 90% of them exercise regularly, and virtually all of them can give you their cholesterol level. The benefits of physical fitness are great.
This is obviously important. In our day of change at a pace unheard of in our history, mental alertness is certainly important. Mental preparation through reading, attending seminars, listening to or viewing educational audio and video tapes as well as studying are certainly part of a young lad's life. In addition, the things they learn in Scouting about being mentally alert include the shunning of tobacco, alcohol and illegal drugs which are mind and body destroyers.
The morally straight portion is perhaps the most significant. One study of the CEOs of the Fortune 500 Companies revealed that their number one asset was their integrity. The Harvard Business School Graduating Class of 1949, which is recognized as being the most outstanding class in their history, almost unanimously stated that their ethics, values and commitment to being morally sound with their families was a prime reason for their success.
When you put all of those things together, it validates that the Scout Oath, followed in its entirety, will produce a disproportionate share of the winners in our society today. Think about it. Make the Scout Oath part of your own life and I will SEE YOU AT THE TOP!
Zig Ziglar is known as America’s motivator. He is the author of 29 books and numerous audio and video recordings. He brings his message of hope to thousands on the stages at the Get Motivated Seminars. See him in action!
QuoteWhen I discipline myself to eat properly, live morally, exercise regularly, grow mentally and spiritually, and not put any drugs or alcohol in my body, I have given myself the freedom to be at my best, perform at my best, and reap all the rewards that go along with it. ~Zig Ziglar
By The Numbers
By Lee Colan
My son and I really enjoy the television drama "Numb3rs" on Friday nights. It's a thinking show where a genius FBI agent applies complex mathematical methods to solve crimes. I cannot vouch for its realism, but it seems really cool. So, it got me thinking. Why not share some interesting numbers (minus the complex calculations) with you? Take heart - no math degree required here.
1 – Thought, word or action can change the world.
We each have the power to create a positive ripple, affecting many people many miles away. We can change the world of those around us. This also creates a powerful ripple effect inside each of us – it feels good! As Zig Ziglar says, "You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want."
3 – Hours of reading per day that Zig Ziglar still invests to this day!
A reader is a leader.
8 – Years the average person spends eating during their lifetime.
Learn to quit managing your time... and manage your attention.
10 – Positive customer experiences required to counteract a single negative customer experience.
Service Where it Counts provides practical tips for front line service excellence.
28 – Years the average person spends sleeping over the course of a lifetime.
Hey, that's not all bad! Learn to Quit Moving... and Be Still.
45 – Percent of those who read an e-newsletter who read it from start to finish.
That's why I try to keep ‘em interesting!
52 – Years old when Ray Kroc founded McDonald's.
It's never too late to start working on your dream!
55 – Percent of web users who will watch a video (up to 30 minutes in length!) from start to finish.
If you cannot make it through this newsletter watch my You Tube channel.
65 – Percent of workers report receiving no recognition for good work in the previous year according to a Harris Poll.
We do more for those who appreciate us. So, challenge yourself to sincerely and specifically recognize at least three positive contributions each day (i.e., "Hey, Jack, great tie!" does not count). I know you will see the difference in your team's discretionary effort if you take this challenge.
70 – Percent of New Year's resolutions that fail within a month.
Focus x Competence x Passion = Adherence (our ability to stick to our plans).
100 – Percent of the time that someone who perseveres will win.
Sticking to It has practical tips to help you consistently execute your plans. Babe Ruth said, "It's hard to beat a guy who never gives up."
50,000 – Screaming girls I was with for my 22nd wedding anniversary.
My wife and I took our family to the Jonas Brothers concert, which happened to fall on our anniversary!
Infinity - People who help us succeed along the way.
Success is not a solitary achievement. It is achieved with the help of others along the way.
Until next time, one million good wishes!
Lee Colan is President of The L Group, a Texas-based consulting firm. He is a high-energy leadership advisor, author and leadership expert. He has built a track record of successfully managing the challenges of rapid organizational change. Lee possesses an in-depth understanding of business, people, and organizations. For more about Lee visit his website.
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Word of the Week
1. of, pertaining to, or concerned with the principles or rules of right conduct or the distinction between right and wrong; ethical
Living a life of moral integrity reaps huge benefits.
By Croft M. Pentz
The person with enthusiasm lives abundantly in spite of and not because of his situation.
Sooner or later the man with pull bows to the man with a push.
If you are satisfied just to get by, step aside for a man who isn’t.
Some people’s spirits grow gray before their hair.
The worst bankrupt in the world is the man who has lost his enthusiasm.
Reprinted with permission from Tyndale Publishing
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