Thursday, August 21, 2014

Do you really need them?

You don’t need them



1.      You don’t need a diploma to be a leader. Anyone can be a leader because anyone can serve. Leaders acquire and apply the knowledge and skills as they perform their duties.
2.      You don’t need high intelligence to be successful. Hunger trumps intelligence every time. Most successful people were thought to have low intellect by their intellectuals.
3.      You don’t need an MBA to be a high performer. The world is full of mediocre MBAs. Great performers pay the price they must pay.
4.      You don’t need talent to be a champion. Deliberate practice trumps talents every time. Don’t believe it? Study the life of every champion and you will find a common thread.
5.      You don’t need to come from affluence to have influence. Influence is earned during the process of becoming affluent. We don’t really value what is easily acquired.
6.      You don’t need to be popular to make a difference. You may become popular because you made a difference. You have to be different to make a difference.
7.      You don’t need that magic pill to be a high achiever. There is absolutely no fast track to high achievement. Be persistent and let your results do the talking.

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

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Yes you can

You can make it



1.      Make your working greater than you entertaining. Let your deeds trail your actions.
2.      Make your being greater than your doing. Let your being inspire others.
3.      Make your believing greater than your seeing. Be a dream giver.
4.      Make your giving great than your receiving. Be a person of value.
5.      Make your purpose greater than your pleasures. Let your purpose lead your battles.
6.      Make your planting greater than your harvesting. Be a planter in a world of harvesters.
7.      Make your blessings greater than your petitions. Let your blessings be your motivators.

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, August 19, 2014

Are you a pro?

Being a professional



I life we do the work of a professional so why not be one anyway.

1.      Choose an endeavor. Choose an endeavor you have a shot at being a professional. Find out that one thing you are supposed to be good at.

2.      Show up. Keep showing up with a burning desire to do what it takes to be a professional. Be present when you are present.

3.      Commit to the mission and vision. Have a clear vision of where you see yourself at. Lack of focus keeps us at being an amateur.

4.      Play your game. Play your game to the best of your abilities. Diligently practice your craft.

5.      Be open to feedback. Have the courage to ask for feedback. Learn from people you trust.

6.      Be physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually fit. Pick one area at a time and work diligently to get better. Lack of spiritual fitness is the trademark of amateurs.

7.      Seek mastery. Learn from your mistakes so you can prevent from making the same mistakes. Keep making new mistakes.

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, August 18, 2014

Can you see

The Power of Reflection  


1.      Deliberate reflection. Why do we value quick reaction more than deliberate reflection?

2.      Get a vision. How often do you pause to consider where you are or where you really want to go in life?

3.      Be present. Reflection is fundamental for living an engaging life.

4.      Release energy and passion. Do you take positive energy and passion with you everywhere you go?

5.      Get a purpose. Are you fully engaged in life or just getting by?

6.      Use your complex GPS. We are complex energy systems with four (physical, emotional, mental, spiritual) connected components/engines producing or sapping energy.

7.      Tune up your engine. How fine-tuned are your engines when it comes to producing the energy needed to succeed in this interconnected and demanding world we live in?

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 17, 2014

Can You Please Respond?

Are you reacting or responding to your life situations?  Animals react; humans respond.




























"The pain of regret"



1.      Been rejected? Turn rejection into positive energy to achieve results. Any champion will meet rejections on the road to victory.

2.      Have conflicts? Turn any relational pain into positive energy by resolving the conflicts in your life. Conflicts are part of life, learn how to resolve them.

3.      Been offended? We all have the ability to rise above being offended. We are the ones who allow others to offend us.

     "The Uruguayan Hyena"


"I don't like the taste of it"

4.      Doubting you? If another person has done something great so can you and if never done, be the 1st to do it. Think and respond like a professional, not like an amateur.

5.      Got enemies? Success attracts enemies; learn all you can from them. Learn how to turn enemies into friends by rising above their game.

6.      Apologized yet? Be the first to apologize, and the one to apologize the most. The classy person gives genuine apologies.

7.      Don’t have the skills? All people skills required to live a great life can be learned. We are all born without interpersonal skills.

Be interested in other people, smile, remember their names, listen, speak of their interests, and make them feel important.

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 16, 2014

A Must Read


Is changing necessary?


Change is hard, not changing is fatal

Be willing to leave the good so you can have the great.

1.      Nothing easy is permanent. Change is hard but necessary for survival; fighting change is like fighting traffic by going in reverse in a busy four lane highway.

2.      Look for the igniting spark. A single event can start a chain of positive lifelong changes.

3.      The chain reaction. Change event>change in attitude>change in behavior>change in performance>change in results.

4.      Stretch and grow. We can only grow through adversity and change; just like our muscle fibers.

5.      Have high expectancy. When we expect great things from ourselves we experience a sense of purpose and better deal with change.

6.      Embrace change. Those that welcome and embrace change live lives of no excuses and no regrets since they learn how to take multiple caliber shots from critics.

7.      Face the dark to see the light. It is in the dark conditions of life that we can discover our bright futures.

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

Friday, August 15, 2014

Freedom from FEAR

Freedom from Fear
 

FEAR is False Evidence Appearing Real. Most of what we fear never happens. Fear is lack of information. We only fear what we don’t know. No fear, no life.

1.      Failure is part of life. Failure is necessary in order to accomplish anything of significance in life. Failure does not define who we are, fear may.

2.      Mind the mind. Failure to keep the mind engaged causes the loss of memory. Mental fitness is essential to a great life.

3.      Re-frame failure. Use failures to get better step by step, little by little. We become a failure only when we fail to learn from failure.

4.      Forget safety and security. There is no safety in a significant life; there is no significance in a safe life. Security is an illusion.

5.      Chase freedom. Chase freedom and you will get it all, chase security and you will live with mediocrity.

6.      Kill fear. The only way to kill fear is to have the courage to take action. Action cures fear.

7.      Have a purpose. Security chasers living for the weekends lack purpose. Detect your purpose and live it.

Have the courage to chase freedom so you can live the life you always wanted to live.
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