The Compulsive Personality’s Dictionary

Jim Norman, the former CEO of The Zig Ziglar Corporation, compiled a quick-reference list of definitions which I found fascinating, profound and useful for those who are serious about change and improvement.

Alcohol - A means of sustaining the agony of combining fantasy and reality and promoting that as life.
Boredom - Self-pity in disguise.
Change/growth - The process by which my inside begins to match my outside.
Compulsion - An overwhelming desire to destroy myself in the name of pleasure.
Confusion - More than two alcoholics in the same place at the same time without a chair person.
Denial - The ability to suppress the truth long enough to get what I want.
Envy - Emotion produced by a belief that another's good fortune somehow detracts from my own superiority.
Fear - The need to run from the things I screwed up yesterday that I know will ruin my life tomorrow which I refuse to deal with today.
Honesty - A thing I have no problem with until I get honest about it.
Humility - Being honestly and sincerely willing to learn a few simple things from other people, having no desire to strangle them in the process.
Inventory - The process by which an alcoholic figures out what really happened between blackouts.
Love - When listening to you is more fun than thinking about me.
Low self-esteem - A modern psychological term that used to be called "shame."
Persecuted - The way I feel when I get what I deserve.
Positive-thinking seminars - A forum that encourages me to create an even longer list of things I'm too lazy to do.
Powerless - A human being without faith in God.
Problems - God's method of revealing Himself to anyone who is interested.
Rationalization - The process of convincing myself I need everything I want.
Self-pity - The door of depression, the fuel of fear, the anvil of anger and the root of resentment.
Willingness - When I expose myself to the truth and refrain from shuffling the facts.

I hope these definitions will inform and entertain you, as well as provide you with some hope and help for your journey TO THE TOP!

Zig Ziglar is known as America’s Motivator. He authored 33 books and produced numerous training programs. He will be remembered as a man who lived out his faith daily.