Zig Ziglar on Setting Goals (2 of 3)

by Brad Harmon on October 11, 2009 in Leadership

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Have you ever met someone who is always going to do something, but never seems to get started?  They either claim to be too busy to get to whatever it is, or they live in a perpetual state of procrastination.  Are you this person?

Let’s do a quick test.  Last week, Zig Ziglar shared his 6 Step Formula for Setting Goals, and the first step was to force yourself to sit down and write out your goals.  Have you done this yet?  Or, is it still something that you’re going to do?

Zig would warn you to get started now before you find out that you’ve been “cooked in the squat.”  What does that mean?  He explains it in this week’s featured video.

Zig Ziglar: Setting Goals (part 2 of 3)

The Featured Video this week is an excerpt from a course on setting goals by one of my favorite motivational speakers – Zig Ziglar.  Don’t be fooled by the dated look of this video.  Zig’s advice is powerful and timeless.

Selected Highlights from the Video

Listed below are some of the quotes and other information from the video that I found helpful. I hope you find them helpful too.

Getting Cooked in the Squat

“The people who wait for Aunt Matilda to move out, or John to get on the day shift, or the new models to come out, or the new mayor to come in, or for the new advertising campaign to get started … The people who wait on the new senator in Washington, or until inflation slows, or the rate of interest comes down, or the people who wait for changes to take place out there, before they do the changing in here, are flat gonna end up getting cooked in the squat.” – Zig Ziglar


Procrastination is a cancer that will eat away at your dreams until it reaches a point where those dreams become unattainable.  The danger in putting something off for another day is that we are not guaranteed another day.

Listen to what the Bible says about living in the future.

13Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: 14Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. (James 4:13-14, King James Version)

Today is the time to start accomplishing your dreams.  It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.  Life is too short to be always going to do something.  Drop the going and just do it.  Successful people don’t wait for things to change – they change things.

What dreams are you letting slip away from you?  What is it that you’re always going to do but never have?

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Dana@Online Knowledge October 13, 2009 at 3:25 am

Oh, I just know that write down our goal is important. I will try it. Thanks Bradley.


Brad Harmon October 13, 2009 at 3:38 am


I think until we put our goals down on paper they are just dreams. I love his 6 step formula for making goals a reality. The last one is particularly good – list what accomplishing the goal will do for you. It is so easy to make goals and not follow through with them because they are not personal to us.

I have a huge problem with procrastination, so I have to watch this particular video several times a month. “Getting cooked in the squat” still cracks me up. 🙂



Jared Little October 15, 2009 at 7:53 pm

Zig if very good to watch, I have to come back for the rest. I actually got a chance to see him live about 2 months ago but he is limited to a few minutes of live talk the rest was videos. His son now travels with and and tells his story.


Brad Harmon October 15, 2009 at 9:03 pm

He fell a while back and it has affected his short term memory. I think that severely limits his ability to speak in front of a group for very long. I haven't heard him speak live before, but he is still great in videos. I am sure he will make my rotation of weekly videos many times.


Paula - Affiliate Blog Online October 15, 2009 at 11:17 pm

Actually I don't have a problem with starting things but I know a lot of people around me that are always going to start something but never quite get around to it.


Brad Harmon October 16, 2009 at 12:42 am

What's your secret? Or is it something that is just natural for you?


Paula January 13, 2010 at 10:44 am

I guess its natural. It's kind of weird because with major things I can just start on it as soon as I think of it. On smaller things, I will procrastinate….not sure why. Fortunately I have a business partner who is an action person. She will just take something on and will go with it. I think too much and it can waste time with things.

Just watched the vidoe above. I love listening to him – the accent is great.
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Brad Harmon January 13, 2010 at 9:49 pm

It's a unique style of speaking, isn't it? Procrastination has been a huge issue with me on both big and small things. I work well under the pressure of a looming deadline so I have learned to be successful with it; however, I have to wonder how much more I could have accomplished had I learned to conquer my procrastination.


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