Friday, September 5, 2014

Can you define it?

How to define success



WHAT IS SUCCESS TO YOU?  To me success is the freedom to be who I am.

1)      Define success. Mark today as the day you made the commitment to change your life for better. What makes you live a fulfilling life? Never live another day without a goal directed to fulfill your dream.

2)      Write it down. Take the time necessary to write down your definition of success; keep it visible. If it is not written, it does not exist.

3)      Pursue it. No matter your definition and ultimate goal in life, pursue it with passion and determination. Persist all the way to the end.

4)      Protect it. Stay away from people who aspire nothing more than going through a day’s work then surfing sports channels before passing out on the couch. Be aware of dream robbers.

5)      How bad do you want it? If your heart truly desires success you will achieve it. When you want success as much as wanting air to breathe you will have it.

6)      Add the passion. Prepare and pursue success with un-matched passion. Life without passion is simply a boring life.

7)      Make a difference. The world will be a better place because you desired, defined, pursued, and persisted until your success became your reality. You can do it. You can make a difference.

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We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Be a giver in a world of takers.

Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)
Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy
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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Got fire?

Where is the fire?



Are you burning or just burned down?

1.      Connect. How strong is your emotional connection with your purpose? Live a life of meaning.

2.      Potential. Are you tapping into the astounding potential inside you? Harness the creativity and innovation by using your intelligence and emotions.

3.      Community. Are you part of a community with a culture that is emotionally connected on a mission towards a common vision and cause? Be part of a community that makes a difference in the lives of others.

4.      Character. Are you continuously building connections by the stellar quality of your character? Leadership is character in motion.

5.      Results. Are you performing to the best of your skills and abilities?

6.      Environment. What is the quality of the environment you are part of? Leaders create the environment for individuals and teams to build innovative businesses.

7.      Lead and inspire. How inspirational are you? Motivational and incentive programs only produce short term results (soft wood that burns fast) while leadership/inspirational environment creates a culture where people feel connected to each other and the work they do (hard wood that burns long).

Will you join my cause to fight mediocrity in the world?
Pass these nuggets on to others.
                      
We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Be a giver in a world of takers.

Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)
Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

More valuable than gold

Old Gold



Take these old golden nuggets and use them; only if you want to live a better life.

1.      Self-assessment. An honest self-assessment is the key to personal growth. Choose to get better.

2.      Self-deception. Self-deception is lethal to happiness. Be true to yourself.

3.      Responsibility. Accept full responsibility for your actions. Accept the consequences from your actions.

4.      Avoidance. Avoid being a prosperous fool. Chase the right goals and dreams.

5.      Prosperity. True prosperity is ruled by wisdom. Wealth offers no immunity to error and stupidity.

6.      Kindness. Acts of kindness are never wasted. They cost little and they are priceless for those receiving them.

7.      Self-indulgence. Self-indulgence and ego are dangerous propositions. Choose restraint.

Will you join my cause to fight mediocrity in the world?
Pass these nuggets on to others.
                      
We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Be a giver in a world of takers.

Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)

Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Your Legacy

What is your legacy?



Leaders leave a legacy. What is your legacy going to be?

1.      Relationships. Leaders leave memories in the hearts of others for centuries to come.
2.      Significance. Leaders make a difference by improving the lives of others.
3.      Integrity. Leaders make their words come to life and remain whole their whole life.
4.      Inspiration. Leaders inspire and liberate others by encouraging them.
5.      Aspirations. Leaders have a vision and follow a proven process to realize their vision for the betterment of the community their serve.
6.      Courage. Leaders are known for their courageous actions.
7.      Communication. Leaders are communicators and connectors. Leaders let their lives speak. Leaders let their significance leave clues for their followers.

Will you join my cause to fight mediocrity in the world?
Pass these nuggets on to others.
                      
We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Be a giver in a world of takers.

Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)

Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy

Monday, September 1, 2014

You choose

Significance or Mediocrity?



What are you chasing or settling for?

1.      The decision. It all starts with making a personal decision either to live a significant life or not to decide to live a mediocre life. Will you make the decision?

2.      The depth. Take a close look at what is going on beneath the surface of your living. What is the depth of your life?

3.      The truth. Face the truth by taking a self-assessment or inventory of you. Are you being self-deceived?

4.      The patterns. Look for patterns where you are spending your time, money, and energy. Are you converting or wasting your potential energy?

5.      The barriers. Find the barriers you created for yourself: lack of energy and passion, negativity, impatience, lack of depth in relationships, etc. Are you breaking through your own barriers?

6.      The purpose. The above will help to discover your purpose, the reason for living and using precious oxygen. Are you just sucking up oxygen because it is free?

7.      The changes. Remember that lasting changes require having a crystal clear purpose, facing the truth, and taking action based on correct knowledge. How are you dealing with change?

Will you join my cause to fight mediocrity in the world?
Pass these nuggets on to others.
                      
We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Be a giver in a world of takers.

Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)

Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Deal with it

Deal with it



How well can you handle adversity?

1.      Dealt with conflict. How well can you handle conflicts in your life?

2.      Have courage. Do you have the intellectual and emotional intelligence and the will to handle adversity?

3.      Spiritual strength. Do you have the spiritual strength to handle stressful situations?

4.      Deal with stress. Get control of your life. Stress is not the enemy in our lives, the lack of energy is.

5.      Learn to recover. Are your stressful periods followed by periods of recovery to refill your energy reservoir?

6.      Welcome change. Change is difficult for all of us because we are creatures of habit.

7.      Tap into your own resources. Our most powerful resources are the will and the discipline to resolve conflict and handle adversity.

Will you join my cause to fight mediocrity in the world?
Pass these nuggets on to others.
                      
We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Be a giver in a world of takers.

Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)

Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Champion

Think like a champion


1.      Turn rejection into positive energy. We have an unlimited amount of energy. Use your energy at the right time, the right place, for the right reason.

2.      Turn any relational pain into positive energy. Resolve the conflicts in your life. Take the lead to make the wrongs right even if you are not at fault. Give grace.

3.      Choose not to be offended. We all have the ability to rise above being offended.

4.      Believe you can be a champion. If another person has done something great so can you; if never done before, be the 1st to do it.

5.      Make an art out of friendship. Success attracts enemies. Learn all you can from your opponents. Turn your enemies into friends.

6.      Be the first to apologize. Be the one to apologize the most.

7.      Pile up skills. All people skills required to live a great life can be learned. Lessons are repeated until lessons are learned. Only compare yourself with you. Get better every day in every way.

Will you join my cause to fight mediocrity in the world?
Pass these nuggets on to others.
                      
We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Be a giver in a world of takers.

Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)

Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy