Honest Optimism

Zig Ziglar has a way of really getting to the heart of what most of us aspire to be and have. As we continue to navigate the waters of uncertainty in this Global Financial Crisis, we would be hard pressed to find any hope in the policies and actions of our current leadership here in the United States and around the world. We long for stability and certainty -at least when it comes to our careers and money! However the challenge we all have is that there is no absolute certainty or stability in any area of our lives. “How many jobs have you had in the last 5, 10, 20 years? How well is your retirement plan going? How often have people disappointed you? How often have you disappointed yourself? If you and I are only living with the goal of being secure in all areas of our lives than we will be chasing the wind with no “hope” of ever grabbing hold of it! Zig helps us focus on what we can be certain of, which is our faith in a God who transcends our crisis and points us to an eternal certainty where we will have absolute stability and certainty ….. Michael Epifanio

I love the above acronym for hope. This simply says that yes, there is something we can do to have hope.

Is hope really that important? Martin Luther said that everything that is done in the world is done by hope. John Lubbock said that hope should be classed as virtue, along with faith and character. Alexander said that hope is the true inheritance of all that resolve upon great enterprises. We could also think of it in this light: A person without hope will take no action. The student who has no hope of passing will not study; the salesperson with no hope of making the sale won’t make the call. Hope is the starting point for accomplishment.

Over the years, with the help of hundreds of audiences and thousands of people all over the world, I have come to the conclusion that there are eight things that all of us want, regardless of our age, education, ethnic background or gender. Everybody wants to be happy, healthy, at least reasonably prosperous, secure, to have friends, peace of mind, good family relationships and hope. Actually, it all starts with hope.

Carefully examine these eight things and ask yourself the questions: Can I honestly expect to be happy if I have no hope? What impact would it have on my health if I were without hope? How prosperous could I become if I had no hope that I could become prosperous? How secure would I be in my personal, family and career if I had no hope? What kind of person would I be and, consequently, how many friends would I be able to attract if I were living without hope? Can you imagine peace of mind without hope? What do you think your relationship with your family would be if you were a person without hope?

Interestingly enough, the best way to have hope is to give hope. The more you give, the more you’ll have. Give it to those you encounter and I’ll 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.

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