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Just One

Posted: August 15, 2011 by kibler in Uncategorized
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Just One

One song can spark a moment,
One flower can wake the dream
One tree can start a forest,
One bird can herald spring.
One smile begins a friendship,
One handclasp lifts a soul.
One star can guide a ship at sea,
One word can frame the goal
One vote can change a nation,
One sunbeam lights a room
One candle wipes out darkness,
One laugh will conquer gloom.
One step must start each journey.
One word must start each prayer.
One hope will raise our spirits,
One touch can show you care.
One voice can speak with wisdom,
One heart can know what’s true,
One life can make a difference,
You see, it’s up to you!

As you know there is much futility in making New Year’s resolutions since we abandon most of our well intended promises long before we make them a reality. But we still list them and out of tradition I suppose we will continue to do so every year.

So, here are some thoughts with a few Zig-isms from Zig Ziglar to consider as we begin 2010.

Change Your Thinking ~ As you well know and as you probably have experienced in your lifetime we are constantly barraged by negative thinkers all around us. In fact we have those same negative thoughts that permeate our minds on a daily basis. How many times were you told as a child that you cannot do something or you cannot achieve some goal? The problem we face is that when you are told over and over again that you cannot do something, you end up believing it. We have a battle within ourselves for the rest of our lives that we must “sell” ourselves on accomplishing anything of value within our lifetime. As Zig Ziglar says “Get rid of stinkin’ thinkin'” and “Give yourself a check-up…from the neck-up.”

Quit Whining And Be Thankful ~ Yes, we are trying to right the ship from a terrible economic situation and I am sure we are still very frustrated by the injustices of the banks, excessive CEO pay and bonuses, and unemployment, but at some point we must stop whining and make a concerted effort to make new changes in our lives that will drive us toward success. At some point we must start giving thanks for what we have and although you may feel like you are only “surviving,” we need to be thankful for what we do have, as there are many who are don’t have enough to survive. Start celebrating 2010 and look with optimism toward what this year can bring and what you can do in 2010 to make a difference. “Of all the ‘attitudes’ we can acquire, surely the attitude of gratitude is the most important and by far the most life changing.” Zig Ziglar.

Get Your Business On Track ~ It’s a great time to do a reality check on your business. You must look at what you’re creating/marketing/selling and make the corrections needed to fit this economy and the business need. Check to see if you and your staff are being as productive and efficient as possible and that you are anticipating targeted market changes and preparing for growth over the next year. Remember everybody sells….everybody! As Zig Ziglar says, “Your business is never really good or bad ‘out there.’ Your business is either good or bad right between your own two ears.”

Make A Difference ~ All of us are hard pressed to meet the needs of family and loved ones, but in 2010 you can make a huge difference by reaching out to those around you that are in need. It may be an employee, a co-worker, a service person you do business with, or a stranger. Donating time and money can make a real difference. It does not have to be a major campaign. It may just be an act of kindness that could change someone’s day. My wife and I are constantly looking for ways to make a difference or assist in some effort that can change someone’s life. As Zig Ziglar says,When we do more than we are paid to do, eventually we will be paid more for what we do.” Sometimes the “payment” is in terms of something more valuable than money.

Listen ~ There are times that people around you just need for you to listen to them. We are so used to tuning the world out and through that habit we tune out people who just need us to listen to them. Just let them vent, explain or share their problems. Be more aware this year to people around you and their needs. It could be your spouse, your children, friends, co-workers or employees. It is what sets us apart from all of God’s creation, the ability to listen, care and act upon needs that someone may have. Zig-ism, “Take time to be quiet.”

Enjoy Life ~ If you are fortunate to be employed you are probably finding that you are working more hours and wearing more hats at your company or workplace. We work too many hours and we do not have enough outlets or stress relievers to where we can enjoy life. Make a commitment today to have more fun this year and enjoy your family and friends so you can start living life to the fullest. Life is short enough, so live and enjoy and be thankful for every day. Another Zig-ism states, Most of us would be upset if we were accused of being silly. ‘Silly’ comes from the old English word ‘seilig’ and its literal definition is ‘to be blessed, happy, healthy and prosperous.’”

Get Healthy ~ I know we all make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, stop smoking or get rid of whatever vices we use to help us cope, but then we get caught up in the same old routines and the great intentions we had at the beginning of the year flash by us as a whim and we dismiss them as a bad idea. Well, it is not a bad idea. It is time to make changes with our health. This entire country is plagued with unhealthy people. It is time if at all possible to take responsibility for your health. Build awareness. Visit your doctor if you are fortunate to have health care, read and update yourself on possible treatments either through medication or holistic methods. Above all strive to make yourself healthy so you can enjoy life with those who love you. According to ZigYou don’t drown by falling in water; you only drown if you stay there.” Make a change today.

Be Joyful And Happy ~ Life is a gift. Please do not abuse it. Strive to enjoy every day and be thankful. Make an effort in 2010 to find that silver lining and be joyful and happy in every situation. If you are starting this New Year and decade with negativity you will miss out on so many great things that will happen to you. Start smiling. It is infectious! Be helpful. When you see a person without a smile, give him yours.” Zig Ziglar

“You can get everything money will buy without a lick of character, but you can’t get any of the things money won’t buy- happiness, joy, peace of mind, winning relationships, etc., without character.”  Zig Ziglar

31 Days

This is a wonderful time of the year. But too often we forget what the season is all about and forget about those around us. We are in such a hurry to get everything done that we do not take the time to really connect with people. We need to take the time to notice people, children, co-workers, pets, the elderly, military families and the homeless. Think about what you can do for the next 31 days. Try it and see what happens. If these ideas do not fit your lifestyle, start your own list and make a difference starting today.


I’ve created my list for December and here is what I will strive to do each day this month. Starting today!


  1. Start the month with optimism as we enter a wonderful time of the year. Decide within yourself to make a difference.
  2. If there is someone at work who you know is struggling, take a few moments to encourage them and let them know how important they are to the company.
  3. Visit a homeless shelter. Take groceries and clothing to help someone in need.
  4. Take a friend to lunch to let them know how important they are to you and how much you value their friendship.
  5. Visit an animal shelter. Adopt a pet, or donate supplies to provide a better life for the animals there.
  6. Perform one random act of kindness for someone you come in contact with. Open a door, yield in traffic, give a compliment, etc. You know you can do it.
  7. Begin the work week with a positive attitude and despite a troubled economy that affects business and family, make a determined effort to make a difference at work.
  8. Be polite and cordial to everyone you meet, no matter what.
  9. Make a real effort before a family dinner to look around the table and tell everyone in your life how important they are to you.
  10. Do something for the environment today. Think about it carefully and find something that will make a difference. Think green all day!
  11. At lunch today, give something extra to your server and put a smile on their face.
  12. Call a friend that you have not spoken to for a while to reconnect and get caught up on each other’s lives.
  13. Take time to share with your kids how much they mean to you and how blessed you are to be their parent.
  14. If you see any military personnel at lunch today, consider picking up their tab.
  15. Tell your spouse how much you love and adore them and spend time reconnecting.
  16. Visit an elderly person you know and see what they may need or what you can do for them today.
  17. At your next dinner party give everyone paper and pen and let each write down what they are thankful for. Put them in a binder and leave out for all to read.
  18. Find a needy family and bring them a Christmas tree with all the trimmings and food for the holidays.
  19. Donate blood to your local blood bank today.
  20. Visit your local food pantry and ask them what they are in need of and then do whatever you can to meet that need.
  21. Call an estranged family member and apologize, even if it was not your fault.
  22. Call your parents just to talk and thank them for all they have done for you. If your parents are not still alive, then call an elderly person who may need to hear from you.
  23. If you have a grandchild, spend the day with them. Take the time to get to know them and let them bond with you.
  24. Call every family member you can to wish them a happy holiday and let them know how important they are to you.
  25. Be blessed and bless someone else today. Be grateful and thankful all day.
  26. Be positive all day. No complaining, no matter what. Even if you’re fighting crowds to return a gift.
  27. Donate clothes, toys or anything extra you may have after Christmas as there are many needs yet to be met.
  28. Take a walk and reflect on the beauty of this world. Spend some quiet time and enjoy everything around you.
  29. Read a book or write notes of encouragement to friends and family for the New Year.
  30. Think of some wonderful act of kindness someone bestowed upon you and look for opportunities to do the same for someone else.
  31. Plan your 2010 year of giving. Donate to your favorite charity and consider what you plan to do this New Year to make a difference in someone’s life.

I hope that I will be successful with my list and I will make every effort to do so.

Please make your own list and please share with me what you may be doing to make a difference over the next 31 days. I would love to hear from you and share with others what you are doing. Write me and good luck!