Zig Ziglar, The Unconscious Mind, and Self Image

I have been listening to Zig Ziglar recently.

Zig Ziglar was a motivational speaker, known for his Born to Win seminar and his book See You at the Top.

For a long while, I didn't think of myself as an I-listen-to-motivational-speakers kind of guy. But two things happened.

  1. My commute lengthened, and I found myself needing to fill the time with worthwhile stuff to listen to. Podcasts and audiobooks filled the void. (Serious podcast listening started with Mac Power Users.)
  2. Two very different kinds of men Dave Ramsey (whom I hear on the Entreleadership podcast) and Seth Godin (whom I've heard most recently in The Icarus Deception and Tim Ferriss's podcast) both mentioned an influence in their life: Zig Ziglar.

Because I respect both Ramsey and Godin, I decided to give their mutual mentor a listen. I'm glad I did. Ziglar is very good.

Ziglar says very simple, true things — things that we know, but that we need to have said to us — in simple, memorable ways.

"You were born to win." Amen. Catholic theology and anthropology support that.

"You need a check up from the neck up." Indeed, man's intellect and will were darkened by original sin and are often inclined away from the good.

One of the things that strikes me about Ziglar is this: he takes the unconscious mind very seriously. 

In every human person, there's something unspoken, hidden, and in some way distant, but nonetheless real, operative, and that makes itself present in our thoughts and our feelings.

Zig doesn't want that thing — the unconscious mind — to work against you. 

So he makes you think about develop your self image.

I want to think about and write about that notion — the self image — more. It fascinates me because of Catholicism's emphasis on the image: man as imago Dei, Christ as image of the Father, the images of the saints, etc.

More to come.