#Latinos Must Grasp the Concept Known as Convergence


In my newly released book The Dimensional Leader, I briefly discuss the concept of convergence. A critical concept Latinos must grasp. Here’s an excerpt from my book:

ConvergenceDo you know what convergence means? It is when two critical points intersect with each other in time. I believe it is when your entire life’s preparation, the accumulation of ‘who you are” and ‘all you know’, combined with what you are currently sensing (seeing and hearing) converges with an opportune time; an intersection or entry point where opportunity presents itself for your promotion. This promotion is seized only if you can recognize it and enter into its new flow. The Greeks referred to this moment as kairos (καιρός), a word indicating “an opportune moment” to act upon an open window, which will usher you much closer to your destiny. You and I must be vigilant and discern when this time or day arrives, so we can take advantage of its offerings. David discerned his kairos moment when he “heard” Goliath’s threat (1 Samuel 17:34). David sensed his opportunity to act; the reason why he was sent to the battle-lines.

Convergence is a time of promotion; a time when you intersect with a key person or significant event in your life, which will propel you further into your destiny. Will you be able to recognize this day or event when it arrives? What are you doing today to prepare yourself for this appointed day in time? Convergence is not a once in a lifetime event; many opportunities for convergence present themselves throughout our life.

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Excerpt from @LatinoTownhall’s Workshop with #Latino Youth by Pastor Christian Falcon


Summary of what was spoken at the 11th Annual Lawrence Weekly Latino Youth Summit in Las Vegas:

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An old proverb says, “Do you see a man skilled in his work he will serve before kings and not before obscure men.” Notice it says a skilled man and not a talented man. Therefore, a skilled person who does an excellent job will serve among the great, because the great is looking for such men and women. But there will be obstacles that a skilled man or woman will face.

The first obstacle is comparison. If Margaret Thatcher compared herself to others, mainly male predecessors, she would never have been the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Next is the obstacle of fear. What do Bill gates, Steve jobs, and Sam Walton have in common? They conquered their fear. They conquered the fear of embarrassment, the fear of failure, and the fear of being different. Now, they are household names.

The final obstacle Latinos will face is that of rejection. My father, for example, was denied a manager’s position in the Department of Transportation. He kept trying, and finally attained his goal. Now, he is the first Hispanic of manager of D.O.T. in the West Coast.
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Christian Falcon, at twenty-two years of age, is an ordained minister whose vision is to see people touched, transformed and closer to Jesus Christ. From the age of 14 he started traveling to various places in the United States, South America and Europe to preach in various congregations, feed the poor and cloth the naked. The result; people saved, healed, delivered and transformed in Christ. Now Christian is the Pastor if ICDN and Fernando Foundation Power Soccer in Atlanta, Georgia.

#Latinos, Don’t Allow Criticism to Hold You Back


In my book The Dimensional Leader, I talk about how criticism can have a negative impact on the weak-minded to keep a person from manifesting their best. Criticism often comes at the point where Best-Ways-To-Deal-With-Negative-Criticismopportunity presents itself; a point in time when your promotion is about to happen. Some person jealous of your next step in life will arise to say something out of line to demean you and your efforts, so you can second-guess yourself. Criticism happens for the purpose of defusing your resolve to move forward; to enter the next level of being and doing. How has criticism kept you back in the past? When you attempt something noble, does a little voice in the back of your head say something like, “You can’t do it!”, “You are not able!”? If the voice of criticism is keeping you from accomplishing a goal or moving forward into the next place hand-made for you, then you got a problem with that little critic in your head. It could be a person close to you, who for some reason said something out of line. Oh, they really did not mean to slander you. It was just something said “out of character” but the lingering affects of those words remain, embedded in your head. So, you continue living in rejection and performance apathy. This is no way to live your life.

How do you get rid of that critic constantly barraging you every time you step out to do something different that will garner you happiness? Buy my book for the answer.

#Latinos, Are You Confronting and Defeating the Giants in Your Life?


bookpromopic.jpg-large THE DIMENSIONAL LEADER is a book that discusses the leadership strategies of a shepherd boy named David, who would become one of the greatest kings Israel ever had on the throne. Most of us are familiar with the story. Many of us, however, are befuddled on how a teenager could take down such a prized and renowned fighter, but he did. This book reveals how the young man navigated wisely through the crowd and the noise to defeat the giant. Are you willing to confront the insidious giants in your life? If so, read on. When we read about David’s great triumph over Goliath we simply bypass two previous encounters – Eliab, David’s eldest brother and King Saul, the flustered and reluctant leader of Israel. David had to navigate through these two individuals first to get to his ultimate goal – that of confronting and defeating the malicious behemoth, and thus, wiping away the reproach from Israel. I am positive there have been times in our lives where you and I have had this thought, “I want to be like David.” However, we do not realize the price it took David to achieve a level of leadership mastery. Somehow we bypass those elements of personal sacrifice and testing in the shadows; the hidden places and events, which shaped David’s character. We have the tendency to look upon those who have succeeded as one of God’s favorite kids who were given a free pass to greatness, and somehow everything was handed over to them on a silver platter. This way of thinking is not realistic, nor fair for those who have achieved a level of greatness among us. Greatness comes with a price tag. In other words, anyone who has ever had some legacy worth talking about had to overcome personal challenges and overcome barriers, which catapulted them to a new and improved station in life. It may have been they were willing to confront their fears, which kept them limited and regulated to a mediocre and mundane life. These champions of life succeeded somehow, because they were able to cross what I call the lines of resistance. A line of resistance is a force seen or unseen, which works against you to constrain you or impose a limitation by restricting you from achieving your dreams, your goals and ultimately your destiny. A line of resistance is also a roadblock or barrier to stop you from moving forward. A line of resistance can eventually create a limiting mindset, a negative attitude, even a habitual pattern, which hinders you from accessing and pursuing your goals, to the point of discouraging you from actualizing your true potential and purpose in life. In the natural realm, a line of resistance can come from the people around you. In the spiritual realm, the lines of resistance arise from Satan and his hoard of demons. In a personal sense, many lines of resistance already exist in our fallen nature, producing destructive patterns in our life. At other times your lines of resistance can be produced when something dramatic occurs in your past where a negative history was created. This negative event in your life may have produced an insecurity, which is now rooted in fear and controls you. If this is true, you then begin to build an image about yourself, which is not based on reality. The lines of resistance can be self-imposed or they can come from well meaning people, like our close friends or family members. For instance, someone can give us erroneous counsel diverting us down the wrong road from our destiny for many years. This is why parents, mentors, clergy, and others play a pivotal role in developing and directing the lives of young people. If we “buy-into” these limitations we can end up living on the wrong side of the tracks, instead of what could be — a life of mastery, filled with abundant living. Have you ever taken an inventory of your life to find out what can be possible? Have you ever challenged yourself to break out of the old mindsets that keep you where you are? This book will challenge you to identify, confront and traverse over those debilitating lines of resistance, which have kept you from experiencing a life above and beyond your true and rightful potential. Be challenged and enjoy! Joel C. Garcia

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Life Coaching for Teens


Life Coaching for Teens is a leadership workbook I put together to aid Latino youth, which explores topics on the essential foundations in leadership development.

I am making the PDF copy available to you to use in the training and development of Latino youth.

Link: Life Coaching for Teens _ Seminar Version

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The Preface of My New Book: The Dimensional #Leader


This book discusses the qualities of the dimensional leader, which any person seeking a leadership role should seek to develop and master over time. As spatial dimensions contain three spheres of width, height and length, so the dimensional leader model exudes the three dimensional qualities of character, competence and communication. David was the consummate dimensional leader, who displayed these three qualities from his inaugural scene, at the time he fought and defeated Goliath, and throughout his entire life as the leader and commander of Israel’s army. David’s leadership legacy is summed up in an obscure passage in Psalm 78:72, where the dimensional leader’s paradigm is revealed:

And David shepherded them with integrity of heart [character]; with skillful hands [competence] he led [communication] them.

This passage of scripture has been written as David’s epitaph; a one sentence summation of his leadership legacy. Any thoughtful reader of this passage should pause for a moment to deliberate its substance and significance, to ponder its hidden treasures. It won’t take you very long before the hidden gems burst forth, revealing the transformative qualities effective leaders should cultivate and master over time.

The subtitle may have also left you asking, “What can a shepherd boy teach me about leadership?” The answer is obvious; a shepherd boy has already taught us principles about leadership, especially how a dimensional leader thinks and acts in times of great challenge. We just need to dive deeper into the story to exhume purpose for our lives today.

When we read about David’s great triumph over Goliath we simply bypass two previous encounters – Eliab, David’s eldest brother and King Saul, the flustered and reluctant leader of Israel. David had to navigate through these two individuals first to get to his ultimate goal – that of confronting and defeating the malicious behemoth, and thus, wiping away the reproach from Israel.

I am positive there have been times in our lives where you and I have had this thought, “I want to be like David.” However, we do not realize the price it took David to achieve a level of leadership mastery. Somehow we bypass those elements of personal sacrifice and testing in the shadows; the hidden places and events, which shaped David’s character. We have the tendency to look upon those who have succeeded as one of God’s favorite kids who were given a free pass to greatness, and somehow everything was handed over to them on a silver platter. This way of thinking is not realistic, nor fair for those who have achieved a level of greatness among us. Greatness comes with a price tag. In other words, anyone who has ever had some legacy worth talking about had to overcome personal challenges and overcome barriers, which catapulted them to a new and improved station in life. It may have been they were willing to confront their fears, which kept them limited and regulated to a mediocre and mundane life. These champions of life succeeded somehow, because they were able to cross what I call the lines of resistance.

A line of resistance is a force seen or unseen, which works against you to constrain you or impose a limitation by restricting you from achieving your dreams, your goals and ultimately your destiny. A line of resistance is also a roadblock or barrier to stop you from moving forward. A line of resistance can eventually create a limiting mindset, a negative attitude, even a habitual pattern, which hinders you from accessing and pursuing your goals, to the point of discouraging you from actualizing your true potential and purpose in life.

In the natural realm, a line of resistance can come from the people around you. In the spiritual realm, the lines of resistance arise from Satan and his hoard of demons. In a personal sense, many lines of resistance already exist in our fallen nature, producing destructive patterns in our life. At other times your lines of resistance can be produced when something dramatic occurs in your past where a negative history was created. This negative event in your life may have produced an insecurity, which is now rooted in fear and controls you. If this is true, you then begin to build an image about yourself, which is not based on reality.

David was confronted by three people, each one tried to restrict and limit him in some manner from succeeding on his mission. These three individuals attempted to create lines of resistance in David’s life.

1. Eliab – David’s brother represents the line of criticism.

2. King Saul – David’s leader represents the line of authority.

3. Goliath – David’s archenemy represents the line of fear and intimidation.

The lines of resistance can be self-imposed or they can come from well meaning people, like our close friends or family members. For instance, someone can give us erroneous counsel diverting us down the wrong road from our destiny for many years. This is why parents, mentors, clergy, and others play a pivotal role in developing and directing the lives of young people. If we “buy-into” these limitations we can end up living on the wrong side of the tracks, instead of what could be — a life of mastery, filled with abundant living.

Have you ever taken an inventory of your life to find out what can be possible? Have you ever challenged yourself to break out of the old mindsets that keep you where you are? This book will challenge you to identify, confront and traverse over those debilitating lines of resistance, which have kept you from experiencing a life above and beyond your true and rightful potential.

Be challenged and enjoy!

Joel

NOTE: You will be able to purchase The Dimensional Leader – The Leadership Strategies of a Shepherd Boy

Una Semana Deficil Para La Reforma Migratoria


Esta fue una semana dificil para el tema de la reforma migratoria pues esta se perdio entre temas politicos que si bien no estaban dirigidos a la inmigracion, tenian relacion con ella. Para empezar el partido republicano decidio decirle de manera política al presidente que no estaba de acuerdo con todas las ordenes ejecutivas que estaba tomando y que sentian que el estaba re escribiendo las leyes en vez de asegurarse que se estuvieran cumpliendo. Para esto, la camara de representantes del congreso aprobo dos proyectos de ley que si bien no tienen futuro y nunca seran ley, sirvieron para asustar a la poblacion inmigrante y crear angustia entre los nuestros.

El primer proyecto de ley que pasaron se llama “ENFORCE ACT” y basicamente busca que el congreso tenga la facultad de enjuiciar al presidente cada vez que el congreso sienta que el presidente se esta sobrepasando en sus atribuciones. Para buscar votos, quien escribio esta ley puso de ejemplo las ultimas decisiones del presidente en cuanto a Obamacare (retrasar penalidades), el IRS (retrasar penalidades) y la inmigracion (DACA y prosecutorial discretion). Sin embargo, la intencion de este proyecto de ley no es la de acabar con estas decisiones sino con el afan de enjuiciar al presidente y promover que deje de tomar decisiones ejecutivas. Al dia siguiente, la misma camara de representantes paso otro proyecto de ley conocido como “FAITHFUL EXECUTION OF THE LAW ACT” O LEY DE EXECUTION FIDEDIGNA DE LAS LEYES” y este proyecto busca limitar el poder del presidente de dictar normas ejecutivas. En ambos casos, la intencion de estas leyes no es meramente anti inmigrante sino mas bien es una movida politica para llamar la atencion de la poblacion hacia posibles errores del presidente para obtener mas votos en las proximas elecciones. En ambos proyectos de ley, el pronostico de convertise en ley es casi nulo porque no cuenta con los votos en el senado y el presidente ha amenazado con vetar el proyecto si pasara las dos camaras osea no firmar estos proyectos de ley y por lo tanto nunca se llevaran a cabo. El ambiente politico esta tan caliente que en respuesta a estos dos proyectos de ley, el presidente al dia siguiente firmo una nueva orden ejecutiva (justo lo que los congresistas no querian) indicandole al departamento de trabajo que cambien las normas de overtime para permitir que mas trabajadores ganen overtime. Esto ha molestado mucho a estos congresistas y nos falta ver como reaccionar.

Como veran, estos proyectos de ley han traido mucho ruido y mucha alarma en nuestra poblacion y sobre todas las cosas nos ha sacado de la ruta mas importante de todas, aquella en que todos luchamos por un fin comun, la REFORMA MIGRATORIA. Estamos en epoca de elecciones y vamos a ver pasar muchas cosas que muchas veces no vamos a entender pero debemos entender lo siguiente: Solo hay una forma de conseguir la reforma migratoria y esta es eligiendo congresistas pro inmigrantes. Asi que si usted conoce un ciudadano americano, pidale que salga a votar y que cuando lo haga, vote por candidatos pro inmigrantes. Si tiene preguntas hagalas a traves de mi pagina de facebook: Inmigracion al dia

Departe de Lic. Kathia Pereira