From Zig to Zone

This past weekend, the hubby and I attended a Zig Ziglar seminar. If you don’t know who Zig is…google him. For those that don’t feel like googling, he was and still is THE guru on everything to do with servant leadership, building up family, fine tuning sales skills, self growth, building and encouraging youself, your team and your community. Zig has always taught that “You were born to win, but to be the winner you were born to be you must plan to win and prepare to win. Then and only then can you legitimately expect to win.”

I knew (or thought I knew) this all my life. Be a winner. Easy, right? Yes or Yes? But this weekend, the Zig team confirmed that you, me, WE can live a life that leaves no room for regret or worry.  It is true that when you have prepared yourself to be the right kind of person, you can do what you need to do to expect success. When you truly understand that you were born to win, you can change the world! And let’s face it, we are ALL a work in progress. #alwaysBeLearning #BeTheChange

One of my favorite quote of Zig’s….
quotes-Zig-Ziglar-lifeOne of his is most notable, and my favorite of his quotes; “You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” POWERFUL, insightful yet so dang simple! It all boils down to being a servant. A servant for the Lord, for your family, for friends, for team members and customers….be helpful and serve. I have tried to practice this concept, of helping others, my whole life. But, I don’t really think I “GOT IT” until my late 30’s. Before then, I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off, trying to be supermom, super employee, super volunteer; taking on SO many things because I thought it was expected of me. AND because I could not say no. It’s like I had something to prove, to society, to family and to myself. I can say today, I have NOTHING to prove. I am who I am and proud of it! Yes, it is hard sometimes to drown out the garbage, the white noise of doubt and doubters….and we all have them. And the Zig team reminded me of this. If you go into a gold mine looking for dirt, you will find dirt. If you go in looking for GOLD, gold you will find! We truly are and become what we put in our minds. Stop looking and focusing on the not so good parts, and start looking for the positive in situations and in people. You get what you look for, so be a “good-finder’.  #LookForGoodInPeople #DontbeaHater

My take-aways from this weekend were 1- How to set and achieve the right goals’  2- How to communicate more effectively and reduce relationship stress’ (not just spouse, but all relationships.) and 3-Exersise The Golden Rule.

I’ve taken several personality evaluation, for volunteer groups and work….but the Zig team GETS IT! How in the world do you know where you are going without a plan? A map? Without a GOAL! If we just wonder around without plugging that goal into our internal GPS, we are doomed to be driving in circles. I am an “I.D.” personality, and don’t like to drive around aimlessly. Now what in the “I.D.” am I talking about? This below…..

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We did this exercise in the seminar and the results were SPOT ON. I am an I, with D tendencies…and the hubby is a strong C. About 25-30% of the population are I’s and they/we tend to be inspiring, fun, interactive, social, have tons of ideas and like to be involved. D’s are determined, doers, decisive and like a challenge. Me. KP. “I.D.” to a tee! Now the hubby, on the other hand, is my personality opposite, a C. Which about 20-25% of the population and are; careful, competent, cautious, likes patterns, instructions and organizing things. I and a C compliment each other. Thank goodness! #peasandcarrots  It was really cool to see that of the room full of participants, their spouse was their personality opposite. During this exersice, a light bulb went off. This is NOT just about the hubby and I. This chart applies to EVERYONE in my life, family, friends, my volunteer associates. GOOD STUFF! There were SO many good nuggets and exercises that I can’t wait to share with my people! Howard & Santiago…you guys Rock!

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After two days of soaking in positive brain vibes, we were hungry. Since we were in Houston; TexMex, right? The hubby said “what about Italian?” After catching myself mid eye roll, I said “OK” and I opened Yelp & Open Table app and started looking. Well, OMG, we stumbled upon the BEST Italian I have ever eaten! Mascalzone on Westheimer. Let me tell you about this place, because if you are ever in Houston…go there! First, I ordered myself some bubbly, having NO idea what we had in store. Our waitress, Laura, from Naples, Italy….the most attentive and joyful person ever! First, the homemade mozzarella cheese (caprese salad ) melted in my mouth!

Then comes the GM, Bruno! He has been in the restaurant industry for 1/2 his life! He brings over their house made balsamic oil for our bread….Holy moly! Liquid gold. Photo Jul 28, 6 36 52 PM.jpg

We visited and he asked what on the menu looked good…we said everything, but the hubby loves veal parm I LOVE with gnocchi, but we can’t decide. Bruno, in his Italian accent, “I will have chef prepare special for you’. And off he goes to put in our order! For a second, we were wide eyed…but what followed was out of this world. First, all of their dishes are traditional Italian recipes, ranging from Focaccia bread and home-made pasta with flour imported from Italy. Fresh made pasta!!!!!!! #ketoWho? LOL

Then our plates arrived…..

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Laura sprinkled with fresh grated parmesan cheese…and we dug in!  I can not tell you how fresh, mouth-watering and perfectly seasoned this was!!! A special, gnocchi, lasagna & ravioli trio. OUT OF THIS WORLD!

If you live in or are visiting Houston…this is THE place for Italian. Add in a HUGE pizza oven with dough being tossed…I felt like I was in a chic bistro in Rome. (and yes, I have been to Rome, LOL)

I can’t stop thinking about it! We ended dinner with FRESH Limoncello and Tiramisu; which was the lightest, creamiest I have ever had.

And to top if all off, the atmosphere was perfect and there is the cutest gratto-ish stone water fountain where you can dine on the patio. Photo Jul 28, 8 32 04 PM.jpg
This past weekend was one of the best and unexpectedly amazing that we have had in a long time. Thank you Laura, Bruno and Elena and the entire Mascalzone. krewe. Y’all are doing it right!

Thank you to Howard, Santiago, Tom and the entire Zig Ziglar family. It was an honor!

Much love and hope everyone works on being their best self!!











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