Friday, February 28, 2014

Seize the Day

Seven Powerful Habits

If you want to change your life something has to change. How about starting by changing your habits? Replace a bad habit with a good one. Keep going until you have acquired these seven powerful habits. These habits will take you anywhere you want to go as long as you know where you want to go. Start today. Today is the day. Seize the day!

1.      Reading. Reading the right books is one of the most powerful habits. Why not learn from the experience of others to expand our minds?

2.      Listening. Listening to audio recordings and listening to wise people is another great habit. Listening is a different form of learning from reading. Why not listen to great information instead of listening to talk radio or music?

3.      Associating. The power of association has been proven over and over for so many successful people. We become who we associate with. Associate with people having the results you would like to have in your life. Why not choosing who we associate with?

4.      Working. There is a reason why this nugget is at the center of the other six. All of us want a great harvest but the question is, are we willing to do the work to deserve reaping what we sowed? Nothing takes place of doing the work. Success takes hard and smart work over time. Hard work always comes first. It is proven that to be an expert in any field it takes at least 10,000 hour of deliberate practice. Working is where the rubber meets the road. Nothing lasting and worthwhile happens unless you get out there and make things happens. Why not decide to start now to be a master in your profession?

5.      Writing. Writing is a powerful habit because it crystalizes our thinking. It takes time and discipline to be a good writer. Immerse yourself into writing and you will start loving it. Writing is a wonderful way to express your creativity. Why not start writing to articulate your ideas and experiences?

6.      Speaking. Public speaking is feared by most living humans. Yet public speaking is a skill that can be learned and used by anyone. Great leaders are great communicators. Why not starting to become a great public speaker so you can communicate your ideas?

7.      Thinking. Thinking is hard work; no wonder so few people do it. It is easier just to let our minds be idle than it is to practice disciplined thinking. We become what we think; we are the product of our own thinking. Why not take a few minutes a day to dump the faulty thinking and start learning how to think properly?

You can be part of the needed leadership revolution by sharing 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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