What Zig Ziglar Can Teach You About Stroke Recovery

What Zig Ziglar Can Teach You About Stroke Recovery

We first introduced Zig Ziglar in our motivational quotes for stroke survivors post where we quoted the motivational speaker saying:

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”

Indeed, motivation is like a flame that must constantly be cared for, otherwise it fizzles and fades. Here are 7 quotes from Zig that apply directly to stroke recovery.

Who Is Zig Ziglar Anyway?

Hilary Hinton “Zig” Ziglar was an author, motivational speaker, and salesman worth $15 million at the end of his career. You’ve probably seen his quotes scattered all over the internet, and with over 30 books published in multiple languages, it’s easy to see why.

Zig gets it, and his inspirational quotes can be applied to every aspect of life.

Lesson #7: Goal setting is more important than you think

“A goal properly set is halfway reached.”

When you create the intention of achieving a specific goal by a specific time, it motivates you to take action. Zig knew this, and it’s such an integral part of success that he wrote a whole book on goals. Yup, a whole book.

Take it from Zig. If you want to be successful, you need to have goals.

Lesson #6: Find the opportunity to learn from hardship

“If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost.”

The most amazing people you’ll ever meet have usually suffered through some form of serious setback in their life. It’s why they’re amazing. Their past hardship forced them to grow, and they came out stronger and wiser because of it.

Lesson #5: Your attitude makes the difference

“You cannot tailor-make the situations in life, but you can tailor-make the attitudes to fit those situations.”

After falling from the roof of her 6-story apartment building, TBI survivor Nicole Marquez’s dreams of becoming a professional dancer were delayed, big time. But she never let it get her down.

Sure she has bad days just like everyone else, but she chooses to see the silver lining in everything, and she’s recovered way more movement than her doctors anticipated because of it. Read her inspirational story here.

Lesson #4: What you identify yourself with matters

“You cannot perform in a manner inconsistent with the way you see yourself.”

The best source of motivation is doing something because it’s part of who you are (i.e. an identity motivator). You don’t do it to earn something good, you don’t do it to avoid something bad, you do it because it’s part of your identity.

Use this to your advantage by identifying yourself with traits you’d like to possess, like strength, vitality, and success. When you already see yourself as having these characteristics, your actions are more likely to reflect it.

You still need to put in the effort, of course, but it will feel more natural this way.

Lesson #3: ‘Stronger after stroke’ applies to your character too

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”

Stroke survivors seldom come out of recovery with just a healed body. They come out with thicker skin, a better appreciation of life, and more resilience.

You become stronger after stroke not by getting back to normal, but by learning about yourself along the way.

Lesson #2: Placebo is only a good thing

“Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.”

Positive thinking has a placebo effect on our psyche, where simply believing in a positive outcome will help create a positive reality. By believing in a full recovery, the placebo effect helps us get that much closer to it.

And even if a full recovery isn’t medically possible, the sheer power of believing that you can will get you much farther than believing that you can’t.

Lesson #1: Stroke recovery is all about character, commitment, and discipline

“It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.”

Your commitment to your recovery is the most important driving force of all.

Commitment will help you stick to your goals, even when things get hard, and discipline will get you the extra mile. When you do your rehab exercises even when you don’t feel like it, you reinforce your commitment to yourself, and everything will snowball in a positive direction.

Your body will get stronger, and so will your character.