See you at the Top by Zig Ziglar. This is one of the classics and I literally thoroughly enjoyed reading this. Zig Ziglar is very impressive in the narration and very effective as well. I could not wait to finish this book and maybe I will reread it again.
The author takes us on a journey of stairway from bottom step to the highest step. He describes the journey as follows:
As you start on your stairway to the top, your first step will be the development of a healthy self-image.
So what is this self-image?
Mildred Newman and Bernard Berkowitz in their book, How to Be Your Own Best Friend, ask a penetrating question.
“If we cannot love ourselves, where will we draw our love for anyone else?” You can’t give away something you don’t have.
Hence the author reiterates the importance of how we perceive ourselves. He cited another example in the book given below:
Mary Crowley, well known Dallas businesswoman and an outstanding Christian, expresses it equally as well when she says, “You are somebody because God doesn’t take time to make a nobody and once you learn how much you matter to God, you don’t have to go out and show the world how much you matter.” Then, with a twinkle in her eye she smiles and says, “God made man, took one look and said, ‘I can do better than that’ — and made woman.”
I agree with her one hundred percent as I am a woman.
2. Your Relationships with others:
The second step is the recognition of the worth and ability of other people as well as the necessity of effectively living and working with them.
The third step is a strong goal orientation. You need a plan to build a house. To build a life, it is even more important to have a plan or goal.
There are seven different kinds of goals: physical, financial, spiritual, career, family, mental, and social.
Everybody’s daily goals should be to do the best they can today while preparing for a better tomorrow. The author advises us like this:
“If you have never set goals before, let me suggest that you start with one goal of a short-range nature. Select the best month you have had, add ten percent and make that your one-month goal. Take your best day during that month, write it down and keep it in front of you. Underneath that best day, put the average you will have to reach each day to break your one-month goal. Your ‘average’ day will be so much smaller than the best day you have had that you will be confident you can reach your one-month goal.”
If you want to reach your goal, you must “see the reaching” in your own mind before you actually arrive at your goal (Visualization).
4 & 5. ATTITUDE and WORK: The fourth and fifth steps are that you must have the “right” mental attitude and be willing to work.
The sixth step is that you must also have a burning desire to excel. You must have lots of “want to” — and, you must live in a free enterprise system so you can control your own destiny.
The author places a lot of responsibility on our shoulder by stating that
“You are where you are because that’s exactly where you want to be.”
He believes and want us to believe that
“Man was designed for accomplishment, engineered for success and endowed with the seeds of greatness.”
The author finally declares that
“When you know where you are going, you are half way there.”
So if you want to have a good life you must read this book.