Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Choosing the Destination

What is your destination?

What separates the few, the 1%, the great, from the mediocre?
The great have the right compass, the right GPS, to take them to the right destination. They take the road less travelled so they can learn and enjoy their journeys. The mediocre have no compass and no GPS so they are prone to arrive anywhere.

The great have a road filled with learning experiences; the mediocre with experiences unfortunately common to most mortals. 

Let’s look at the their journeys:

1.      Destination. The destination for the great is a town called Excellence so they plug it into their GPS. The destination for the mediocre is a town called Mediocrity where no GPS is needed to get there since there is one Mediocrity everywhere you go. It is very easy to find Mediocrity. At start the people going to Mediocrity often laugh at the people going to excellence. People going to excellence are crazy; why would anyone want to go there? It is a very small town, not many people there!

2.      Rest Area one. The great stop at a town named Dreams. The mediocre stop at a town named Wishes. The great feed their brain first, then their stomachs. The mediocre first feed their stomachs then there is no money left to feed their brains. As a matter of fact, people going to wishes, feel they don’t have enough time or money and don’t want to talk with others about going to Dreams.

3.      Rest Area Two. The great stop at a town named Goals. The great take a few minutes to visualize what it is going to be like the arrival at Excellence. The mediocre stop at a town named Distractions. People going to Goals read a chapter of a great book. People going to Distractions check their Facebook to see what their friends are up to.

4.      Rest Area Three. The great stop at a town named Strategy. The great make sure they know where they are going and how they are getting there. The mediocre stop at a town named Procrastination to get a few drinks. The hangover causes a little delay!

5.      Rest Area Four. The great stop at a town named Feedback to refuel, reframe, and look at their scorecards. The mediocre stop at a town named Entertainment to listen to their favorite band, to be social and to be seen. They post many pictures in Facebook and Pinterest.

6.      Rest Area Five. The great stop at a town named Success. They take a deep breath and thank God and all the people they met during the trip. The mediocre stop at a town named Failure to have a pity party with their friends. There are a few kegs waiting for the big party.

7.      Last Rest Area. The great stop at a town named Significance. They thank their Creator for the exhilarating journey. They love the arrival as they see their mentors and followers with welcoming banners and flags. The mediocre stop at a town named Insignificance to occupy the town and complain how unfair the people in Significance live in comparison with the people in Significance.

Here is a chart I like (from http://coachdayne.com/mediocrity-vs-excellence/)

You are free to share these nuggets with 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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