Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Are we still the greatest?

Why the Rise of Discontent

Why Make America Great Again is resonating with so many. There is a high level of discontent across the land. America is fast losing the edge it once had in leading the free world. Here are a few

1.    While other nations are rising America is in stagnation.
We are no longer the hungry nation we once were. Readership in America is at an all-time low. America went from a top educator to a top trainer. A top education system is rooted the right values only found in a classical and not a liberal education system.

2.    The forces of decline are at work.
The right long term solutions are at the mercy of what is urgent and convenient. The something for nothing club keeps growing demanding perks from a system that can no longer provide. We must deliberately attack the status quo if we are to make any progress.

3.    The education system is ineffective.
Just study the map. Where is the nation of dreamers? You can go to the best schools in the nation and ask any teenager – what is your dream? The predominant answer will not surprise you – a profession. Our profession now defines who we are. We were all created to be more than what we do for a living.


4.    People are being held in bondage by debt.
The Financial Matrix is at work 24 hours a day. Those in power dictate the terms at will. The financial system is rigged in favor of those in power. Debt is the modern form of slavery. People are lured into debt without realizing the long term consequences of financing a standard of living that is borrowed, and not earned.


5.    Division has taken over the land.
America is falling from within. The rate has only accelerated in the last decade. While we are being distracted and entertained by the media, other nations are eating our lunch. If we don’t wake up, soon will be the breakfast and the dinner too.

6.    Freedom is in a rapid rate of decline.
Little by little our freedoms are being taken away by the government ability to tax and spend without the consent of the governed. No wonder people are behind an unconventional cowboy leader, an outsider. Remember at one point we were a nation of cowboys. If we don’t learn from history, history has a way to come and take a bite out of us!

7.      The Leadership Void is present everywhere we look.
Where have all the leaders gone? Are they all dead or on vacation? Our leaders are a reflection of who we are. We the people, have the responsibility to respond and put America at the top again.

Each one of us can and must do something to Make America Great Again!

Thank you for reading and reflecting on today’s nuggets. Please share with others.  
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Be blessed and be a blessing to others
Carlos Fontana
Author of the book Priceless, Co-author of the book Follow to Lead

"The future belongs to those who can see and pursue opportunities before they are obvious."
"Those that take swift action will always leave those that don't breathing the dust."


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Everywhere we look

What can nature teach us?


Nature can be a powerful source for learning. We all look at the same images yet we get different information. We can never learn enough from nature. Here are many lessons we can learn from nature.

1.    Energy, renewal, stillness, and relaxation. Each season has its own unique looks, smells, and sounds.

2.    Persistence and details. At first things appears the same. The more we study the more we learn.

3.    Flexibility and versatility. The cycle of things from day to day and year to year. From a reed to an oak tree we find different levels of diversity and flexibility to withstand the storms.

4.    Beauty, peace, and love. They are everywhere if we take the time to see, observe and take it in.

5.    Exploration, discovery, and growth. We are either growing or dying. Nothing stays the same. Change is an integral part of all things.

6.    Imagination, creativity, and flow. The only limits are the limits we set on our own imagination. Nature is a natural source of wonderment for us to expand our minds and nourish our spirits and souls.

7.    Humility and divine presence. Nature gives a sense of belonging and protection. Nature gives us hope for provisions for everyone.  Nature is the source of all solutions to the problems we created.

Thank you for reading and reflecting on today’s nuggets. Please share with others.  
I would love the opportunity to share my Nuggets with your audience!

Be blessed and be a blessing to others
Carlos Fontana
Author of the book Priceless, Co-author of the book Follow to Lead

"The future belongs to those who can see and pursue opportunities before they are obvious."
"Those that take swift action will always leave those that don't breathing the dust."


Friday, May 20, 2016

The greatest value

The value of the right information



We are all inundated in a sea of information.  The problem with the information age is the excessive amount of poor information or outright misinformation. We are inundated by information. Most of the information floating around is just noise, therefore useless to help one navigate through life. What is the value of the right information? The right information has enormous value. The right information can change the course of one’s life. It did for me when I first read the book by Stephen Covey, the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. How does one go about getting the right information? Get the advice from those with the results you want. Above all, the right information is information that can be acted upon. The right information, from the right source, to the right person, at the right time, is of utmost value.

1.      Know what you want. If we don’t know what we want we are vulnerable to accept anything we get. How can we hit a target we don’t have. If we don’t know where we are going any road will take us nowhere.

2.      Get advice. The great value is in the advice and not so much on the information itself. I am willing to pay someone with better results than I have for selecting the right information, like the right book for me to read. I rarely now follow my own advice when selecting the right books to read.

3.      Selectively pursue. Be willing to pursue the right sources of information. Keep going until you find what you are looking for. The sad truth is that most people think the right information has to be free for everyone. In reality, the best information has a cost attached to it, as it should. It is worth paying the price for the right information.

4.      Learn to discern. There is great value in the ability to discern what is true and what is not. Sounds simple when in reality it is not. This is an ability that comes with time in a particular field.

5.      Deep understanding. Most of us are not willing to dedicate enough time to fully understand the information and the consequences, either positive or negative, of applying the information.

6.      Get a mentor. It is amazing how fast one can change the results in life after following the advice of a wise mentor. Success principles are duplicatable and predictable.

7.      Apply the information. No matter how good the information is it has no value unless it is applied. Great results only come after the application of the right knowledge, coming from the right information.

Thank you for reading and reflecting on today’s nuggets. Please share with others.  
I would love the opportunity to share my Nuggets with your audience!

Be blessed and be a blessing to others
Carlos Fontana
Author of the book Priceless, Co-author of the book Follow to Lead

"The future belongs to those who can see and pursue opportunities before they are obvious."
"Those that take swift action will always leave those that don't breathing the dust."


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Wrongly chasing the wrong things

The Undisciplined Pursuit of the Wrong Things


The tittle sounds awful yet that is precisely what most people are doing. Wrongly chasing the wrong things. Why? It is the culture of our day. The undisciplined pursuit of the wrong things leads to unproductive busyness for the accumulation of the wrong things. The key question here is why does it happen to so many people? Here are 7 reasons:

1.    Lack of a clear purpose. What is the reason for your being? What are the things that really matter in your life?

2.    Lack of priorities. Busyness is not a badge of honor. This comes from the myth that one can fit everything in. How about start living by priorities instead of obligations?

3.    Lack of the right plans. It seems easy to switch priorities at whim. We underestimate the time it is going to take to complete the right things. What are the top 3 goals and how are they going to be reached?

4.    Instant gratification. Stop going with the flow. Stop living the life others expect of you and start living the life you were born to live. We must be willing to sacrifice the good if we are to get the great things. Why are you falling for the cravings constantly being fed by the media?

5.      Thinking material things and money solves everything. Money is just a tool. We must take full control of our personal finances. Otherwise, we will be forever a slave of money. How financially fit are you?

6.    Focus on self. Focus on self leads to a stressful and unproductive life. Yielding to the social pressures to conform leads to an unhealthy ego. Can you remember how great you felt when you serve someone in need?

7.    Plain consumerism. Consumerism is the accumulation of liabilities; the accumulation of the wrong things, usually of poor quality. How good a deal is it if you don’t really need what you are spending your money on?

The solution to the ailments above is to have a plan for your life. Defend your life plan by making great choices. Be a great negotiator and deal make when it comes to time and money. Create a space so you are clear to what you say YES to. Pattern-interrupt the wrong thinking and respond instead of reacting to the life opportunities in front of you. Learn to say NO in a savvy way. What are you trading your precious time for? Can you recognize the difference between positive and negative social peer pressure? 

Thank you for reading and reflecting on today’s nuggets. Please share with others.  
I would love the opportunity to share my Nuggets with your audience!

Be blessed and be a blessing to others
Carlos Fontana
Author of the book Priceless, Co-author of the book Follow to Lead

"The future belongs to those who can see and pursue opportunities before they are obvious."
"Those that take swift action will always leave those that don't breathing the dust."


Saturday, May 14, 2016

The Power of Gratitude

The Power of Gratitude

Gratitude is an important life skill that can be learned and mastered. Gratitude has a transformative power to help us deal with adversity. Gratitude helps us to expand our mental and emotional capacities. Gratitude is a quality of our consciousness. Take one minute out of each morning to express gratitude and count your blessings, for they are many.

1.      Gratitude improves our attitude. Attitude is the window for us to see the amazing world in ourselves and others.

2.      Gratitude helps us get what we want.
Appreciation for what we have leads us to what we would like to have.

3.    Gratitude improves our relationships.
Gratitude increases our compassion and empathy towards others.

4.      Gratitude helps us learn.
Gratitude liberates us from our past to learn what we need to have a greater future.

5.      Gratitude helps us to solve problems.
Gratitude propels us to seek answers for our difficult problems.

6.      Gratitude helps us to avoid negativity and depression.
Gratitude frees us to think positive and attract positivity in our lives.

7.      Gratitude helps us to achieve greater levels of happiness. Gratitude helps us to be more resilient in a complex and difficult world.

Thank you for reading and reflecting on today’s nuggets. Please share with others.  
I would love the opportunity to share my Nuggets with your audience!

Be blessed and be a blessing to others
Carlos Fontana
Author of the book Priceless, Co-author of the book Follow to Lead

"The future belongs to those who can see and pursue opportunities before they are obvious."
"Those that take swift action will always leave those that don't breathing the dust."


Friday, May 13, 2016

The time to harness the power of leadership in your life is now!

A city with many leaders will thrive and be kept safe!


Here is a Leadership Academy Update. 

Thank you to everyone that responded by either confirming their enrollment or asking for more information. Also, thank you to all of you who are sharing the information with others. 

There are still a few spots left for the first course starting in August. You will absolutely love this course, the information, and tools available right off the start. Please message or email me to reserve your spot. 

I can hardly wait until August to go on a great leadership journey with you. I am excited to help you build a strong foundation for your future. Leadership is the biggest pillar in our development. The time to harness the power of leadership in your life is now. 

Blessings

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Make America Great Again

Make America Great Again


Why are these four words resonating so with Americans? The time has come for America to rediscover and reinvent herself. People see that the country is ready for change. America will be great again when we the people become great. The Government will not make America great, we have to do it ourselves so the politicians can say they did it! So how do we go about changing ourselves? What areas of our lives do we have to take responsibility for? Here are 7 areas to begin with that are under our control:

1.      Finances. Let’s take full control of our own personal finances. The government finances mirrors our own. Let’s stop spending on ourselves and start investing in ourselves. Personal finances are all about increasing the gap between income and expenses. Reduce expenses and increase income. Let’s become better at playing defense and offense along with learning and applying the rules of money. Let’s get the tools of money and start applying them in our own lives.

2.      Purpose. Let’s clearly define what we want out of our own lives. If we don’t know where we are going any place will be the wrong place. How can we hit a target we don’t have? Let’s get the right tools to define our needs, wants, purpose, vision, and mission in our own lives. Let’s make sure we succeed in something that really matters. This is tough work but well worth doing it.

3.      Learn. Let’s become voracious learners and building our own libraries. Let’s fall in love with learning again. Read and study the great books 30 minutes per day. Listen to the great minds while driving. Associate with people who are on a similar path you are on. Find a great mentor that has the results you want in life and spend time with her or him. Learning compound so there is no time to waste. By changing and growing we can inspire others to do the same. Have faith. Let’s have strong faith that the best days for America are ahead and not behind us.

4.      Leisure. Let’s seek leisure instead of entertainment. Let’s be creative and investing our time in meaning work, work to learn, and above all have fun and enjoyment in creative leisure. Let’s love what we do and we will do what we love. The world is a great place to travel, explore, and have lots of fun.

5.      Gratitude and generosity. Let’s tap into the proven power of gratitude and generosity. Counting our blessings daily brings a sense of peace and energy to tackle the difficult problems in life. Be generous and watch your future to grow as you grow with your future. The future will belong to the grateful and generous. Be the example you want to see in others.

6.      Communication. Let’s master the art and science of communication. Let’s start leveraging technology instead of allowing technology to leverage us. Let’s learn to express ourselves clearly and concisely. The basic people skills must be mastered by anyone wishing to be a great communicator.

7.      Principles. Let’s follow the right time tested principles. Think long term, delay gratification, and leverage the power of compounding. Let’s replace instant with delayed gratification. Nothing worthwhile comes easy or fast. The principles of success have been known for thousands of years. Let’s study, understand, and apply these powerful principles in our own lives.

Imagine how great America will be if we improve in the seven areas above.

Thank you for reading and reflecting on today’s nuggets. Please share with others.  
I would love the opportunity to share my Nuggets with your audience!

Be blessed and be a blessing to others
Carlos Fontana
Author of the book Priceless, Co-author of the book Follow to Lead

"The future belongs to those who can see and pursue opportunities before they are obvious."
"Those that take swift action will always leave those that don't breathing the dust."