I attended a marketing event last week where the great motivational speaker Zig Ziglar spoke. I’ve never seen him speak in person, but have seen video clips of his powerful messages. Two years ago he suffered a fall that resulted in a head injury and impaired his memory. At 80+ years old he still speaks but now his daughter accompanies him and interviews him to keep him on track.
No matter what she asked him, he finished the thought with how much he loves his wife and nothing matters if you don’t put relationships first. He was like a broken record that was stuck on grove playing the same thing over and over. I guess in today’s parlance that would be a CD with a scratch on it.
It’s typical for people with head injuries to get “stuck” in their thinking and repeat the things that are important to them. It’s similar to becoming disinhibited from alcohol. Angry drunks are angry people who with alcohol let it all hang out. Same goes for happy drunks. The alcohol doesn’t turn you into a different person, it just makes you show who you really are and what’s really on your mind.
Back to Zig Ziglar. It became amusing after a while when he told us for the 20th time how much he loves his wife. I was deeply moved as I thought about how his head injury has revealed what this man is really about – love and commitment. That’s the dominant theme in his heart that repeats endlessly.
It made me think – what if I were similarly injured today? What would I be stuck on? The answer to that lies in my motivations and priorities.
What about you? What would we hear you talk about over and over? Is how you spend your time a true reflection of what you think is important in your life? It’s worth examining and adjusting if needed. Life is precarious and things can change in an instant. It’s too late for Mr. Ziglar to change his script. But he doesn’t need to.