Have you ever heard someone say something along these lines: “I can’t believe they left me all alone,” or “Last weekend wasn’t a lot of fun. No one was around.” Many of us associate solitude with boredom. We don’t realize that within our boredom lies our freedom.This week, make a pact with yourself to break through your boredom. With some patience and a bit of luck, you will reach a breakthrough.
To reach a breakthrough in our lives, we have to break through boredom. I have taken many trips alone that have initially been characterized by boredom and loneliness and what-am-I-doing-here-in-the-middle-of-nowhere questions.
These anxiety-producing, uneasy experiences in the first hours and sometimes days have been followed by chance encounters, long walks that have enabled me to process the events transpiring in my life, self-understanding, the gradual emergence of inner peace, and finally resolve about what I value and how to proceed with my life once back in the mix.
The restoration of my relationship with myself has not been the only benefit of working through these challenging moments. The most important ideas I have come up with that have shaped my life and career have emerged in this way: by having the patience and inner determination to break through (boredom) to breakthrough.
Think about it: How will you find the creativity to better develop your relationships with others and enhance the impact you make in the world if you do not understand who you are and what you value?
Anthony Silard is the president of The Global Leadership Institute and the author of the Simon & Schuster book The Connection: Link Your Passion, Purpose, and Actions to Make a Difference in the World. To receive Smile, It's Monday every other week in your inbox and a free copy of Anthony's new audio CD, "The Surprising Source of Your Passion", enter your email here (1-step only).