What Makes You Reach For The Sky?

Today I am thrilled to have funny lady Jenny Hansen in the house, and she has some life changing advice you don’t want to miss. And so, without further ado, here she is.

Photo Credit: Becca Puglisi, Rainbow Mountains ~ What makes you reach for the sky?
Photo: WANA Commons – Becca Puglisi, Rainbow Mountains ~ What makes you reach for the sky?

Can you believe Suzanne let us take over her blog? This is so great. Normally, I’d wreak some havoc and talk about undies or something, but I figure our gal is starting to get stir crazy.

Surgery is it’s own kind of pain, but recovery is the pits. And her drugs are starting to wear off! So, I’m gonna change it up and send her some inspiration. I hope y’all will help me down in the comments section.

Several years ago, I went to a motivational seminar and saw Zig Ziglar live. Two words: Life Changing.

He wasn’t a young man by any means but he was the guy with the most energy and enthusiasm. I’ve never figured out how he could be animated and humble, fun and motivating, all at the same time but it was a gift just to watch him.

23 Gems from The Zig. Everyone one of them makes me smile.

  1. 90 percent of doctor’s visits are due to stress.
  2. The relationships that you have are most important – more than all other things combined.
  3. The more things you have that money won’t buy, the more things you’ll have that money will buy.
  4. Take what you already have to offer. When you recognize and use what you already know, you will be able to use these things to succeed.
  5. How you see yourself is what makes the biggest difference in the performance of your life.
  6. When you change your attitude and tell yourself positive messages, your life will change. A negative approach to life will reinforce what you CAN’T do. You need to be sure that you emphasize your talents, at least to yourself. You will get further.
  7. Every third person is remarkably handsome. Why can’t you be that third person?
  8. If you are somebody to anybody, then you are somebody.
  9. If we can make Pencillin out of moldy bread, then God can make something amazing out of you.
  10. You have to plan to win, prepare to win and expect to win.
  11. Your dreams are very important.
  12. A priority driven life is what you need to have.
  13. You need a balanced goal program: Physical, spiritual and mental.
  14. Work like you’re going on vacation every day.
  15. Find out things that you don’t know.
  16. Optimism is the most important hiring trait.
  17. Stressed spelled backwards is desserts.
  18. Do everything with integrity so that you have nothing to hide.
  19. God on the mountaintop is the same as God in the valley.
  20. Overcome the perception of what people think you are and embrace the reality of what you can become.
  21. You have to throw different pitchers to different batters.
  22. Understand the difference between refusal and rejection. When someone refuses you, they are saying they don’t know. No one can reject you unless you let them. You’ll go do your thing somewhere else.
  23. Communication is about heart.

Do you have a #24 to add to this list for Suzanne? Which one is your favorite? What’s the most memorable piece of “life advice” you’ve heard lately?


Sweet Spot (2)

As an extra piece of happy for all of you, I’m giving away an e-copy (platform of your choice) of Laura Drake’s RITA Award winning book, The Sweet Spot. She’s my critique partner so I know this book well. It’s about second chances, hope, love and bull semen. For real… I promise, it rocks…

~ Jenny

About Jenny Hansen

By day, Jenny provides training and social media marketing for an accounting firm. By night she writes humor, memoir, women’s fiction and short stories. After 18 years as a corporate software trainer, she’s delighted to sit down while she works.

When she’s not at her personal blog, More Cowbell, Jenny can be found on Twitter at JennyHansenCA or at Writers In The Storm.

10 comments on… “What Makes You Reach For The Sky?”

  1. I read a great one in a Barbara Freethy book recently. In essence, some people complain about the wind, others try to run against it, and some simply adjust the sails. Loved this one!


  2. Yvonne, I love Barbara Freethy’s books! And that advice is so fantabulous, I might have to write it down and sit with it for a while. 🙂

  3. Aw, thank you, Jenny for giving away my book! And just in case you haven’t stated enough Zig brilliance above, I have a few more (you know I’m the quote queen, right?)

    “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”
    “People often say motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”
    “There are no traffic jams on the extra mile.”
    “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time”
    “Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission.”
    “Failing is an event, not a person. Yesterday ended last night.”
    “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have 24-hour days.”
    “If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost.”
    “Every choice you make has an end result.”
    “If you go out looking for friends, you’re going to find they are very scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.”
    “It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.”
    “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.”

  4. Not wanting to miss out on a chance to read about bull semen, thought id add my 2 pennies. here’s one I’ve lived by ever since my little bout with cancer- Set goals for yourself. Do whatever it takes to reach them. Don’t ever give up. Bring a girlfriend (or sister) along which is the same thing, whenever possible. Never stop setting new ones. I do every year. I can’t imagine how I ever felt accomplished before I learned that?!
    Thanks for a fab blog today! Suz, thinking about you!

    • Pamela, that’s wonderful! Especially about bringing your girlfriend(s) along. That always makes EVERYTHING better. 🙂

      And yes, you would love Laura’s book. It’s fantastic.

  5. Oh Jenny, I am so jealous that you got to see Zig in person. He is simply amazing. All good advice tips above and it’s nice to be reminded once in a while.

    Thanks for being a guest blogger while Suzanne recuperates. Since she’s my critique partner, I need her back.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    • Oh yes, you definitely need her back! Surgery is always a bitch to recuperate from, but when it’s a body part that can’t be immobilized, it’s hellish for a while.

      *sending you a hug, Suzanne!!!*

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