Eat the Big Frog First
Do you know what is stopping you from living the life you always wanted? It is your life. An unexamined life is not worth living. Why not make your life count? We all need to work so we might as well do work that fulfills our purpose.
1. It is all about our thinking. A good self-education system teaches you to be an independent thinker. Traditional education teaches you what to think, for you to be dependent or independent at best; self-education teaches you how to think. We must get rid of our stinking thinking if we want to achieve something of lasting value to society. We cannot take our old grubby self to a bright new future.
2. Turn rejection into positive energy. You know you are doing the right things when you meet strong opposition. All great leaders know how to swim against the current. If we do what everyone else does we get what they get, and that my dear readers, is not much. Be different if you want to make a difference. Trying to please everyone is a sure way to fail miserably.
3. Our faith is tested through tragedy. How strong is your faith? We don’t lack intelligence, we lack faith. Faith is all or nothing because belief is all or nothing. It is in our tragedies and sufferings that we find our greatness.
4. Eat that big frog. Tackle that big task head on first thing in the morning. The early birds always get the juicier warms. Play forward in the game of life. Give all that you have and you will eventually score. Being a spectator all through life is no way to live. Sooner you later you wished you had gone out and played your game to the best of your abilities. Don’t just sit there, do something worthy of cheers.
5. Have a written plan. Most people do not have a clearly written plan for their life, do you? The people that do will always leave those that don’t breathing the dust. How well do you like to breathe the fumes and gases from others? You will never hit a target you don’t have a written plan to hit.
6. Be a go-giver. Your giving starts to be effective when you give what you don’t think you can afford. Be faithful to the few if you want to be blessed with the many.
7. Count your blessings. When gratitude becomes a habit, generosity follows naturally. Count your blessings daily and watch what comes you way. Are you being a blessing to others or are you counting on others to be a blessing to you?
Sometimes we need a dose of brutal reality. I was a little tough on you today and I hope that is all right with you? Sugar coating will attract bees that may end up stinging you (yours truly).
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)