Doing the Impossible By Zig Ziglar

Zig Ziglar motivational speakerWhere will the records stop?  In 1954 Roger Bannister ran a sub-four-minute mile and it ignited the athletic world.  In 1994, Eamonn Coghlan of Ireland, at age 41, ran a sub-four-minute mile.  Incredibly enough, Kip Keino of Ethiopia, at age 55, ran a 4.06 mile.  The fastest mile run to date [when this column was originally written] is 3:43.13 accomplished by Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco.

But back in 1954 more than 50 medical journals had published articles saying that the four-minute mile was not humanly possible.  Doctors were warning athletes of the dire consequences to anyone who broke that unbreakable barrier.

Optimism Helps By Zig Ziglar

Zig Ziglar motivational speaker and authorI’m truly fortunate because I am optimistic by nature. I might not spend my last two dollars to buy a money belt, but I am very optimistic about the future.

Dr. William Arthur Ward said that “the doors of opportunity are open to the optimist.  Gates of achievement swing wide for the person who sees infinite possibilities in the insignificant.”

Most of us would rather be around a person who sees hope in the future than one who sees nothing but trouble ahead. I’m talking about the kind of optimism which sees a solution in every problem, optimism that looks for the solution instead of concentrating on the problem.