Why You Are Where You Are
By Zig Ziglar
Many years ago as a young, aspiring speaker, I heard an older speaker who was quite philosophical say that you are where you are because that’s exactly where you want to be. I thought about his statement, decided it was the “wisdom of the ages” and verbalized it in my own presentations. Over a period of time, a series of events took place which convinced me that his statement was not true in my case. I was broke, in debt and down in the dumps. I wanted to be prosperous and excited about my future.
It came through loud and clear that I was where I was and what I was because of the decisions and choices I had made in my life. I made those choices based on the information I had, much of which was erroneous. The reality is, if I’m given the wrong directions to go from “point A” to “point B,” I’m not going to reach “point B” unless I change directions. It’s equally true that if I’m given the wrong directions on how to move from being broke and in debt to being successful and prosperous, I’m not going to end up at the place I want to be.
One important decision you can make even as you read these words is to think about what Thomas Sikking said: “You’re not the product of a broken home, a devastated economy, a world in the upheaval of war, a minority group, a family of drunkards or a poverty-ridden neighborhood. You are the product of your own thinking processes and whatever you’re thinking about today is the cornerstone of your tomorrow.”
If someone else has abused you in the past, it’s o.k. to give them credit for fouling up your past, but do not give them permission to ruin your present and your future. Take control of your thoughts and your future. Determine that you will have a better tomorrow. Make specific plans to do so 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. See him in action!