Monday, August 22, 2016

Smile, It’s Monday: Your Weekly Wake-up Call to Balance Work and Life

Sometimes you have to take
a step back to jump further
.
--- Mexican proverb

Imagine you are at the edge of a precipice between two cliffs six feet apart. You don’t just jump to the other side. You retreat ten or twenty feet, catch your breath, begin running, and then leap.

You go through the same process if you want to push something heavy forward such as a dense, solid door. You first take a step or two back.

Why? If you just push from your current position, you are less likely to achieve the result you desire. You won’t exert enough energy or force to move it forward.

Consider how this metaphor applies to your life. You may be in a relationship that’s experiencing a lot of friction. Balance your activity (interacting with the other person) with recovery (time alone) and you may conceive some better ways to relate to them.

You may be stuck in a dead-end job that fulfills you about as much as doing your taxes on a Saturday night. Find an equilibrium in which you do enough of your job to manage outward appearances while dedicating significant emotional energy and time to searching for a position more consistent with your inner passion. 

Take a moment to consider an area of your life in which you’ve been running on auto-pilot and, truth be told, are no longer experiencing much happiness. Retreat a few steps and reflect on its value to you and how you can either step back up and make it more meaningful or continue your retreat.
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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).

Monday, August 8, 2016

Smile, It’s Monday: Your Weekly Wake-up Call to Live the Life You Have Imagined

Hope is a waking dream.
--- Aristotle

Let’s consider the role of hope in your life. Without the hope that comes from connecting with your vision for a different future that includes more inspiring goals and milestones than your current life provides, you lose your motivation. 

Like the Auschwitz prisoners documented by the Austrian psychiatrist Viktor Frankl without a strong reason to live after the war—such as to care for a child or complete scientific experiments—you gradually wither away.

In fact, hope drives all progress and forward movement. Your belief that your life can be better than it currently is (this belief is what we call “hope”) inspires you to think different, act different, be different in order to usher into your life what it does not yet contain. 

Yet Aristotle’s words may help us to realize that hope only becomes a powerful motivator when combined with action. 
As Albert Bandura of Stanford University has demonstrated, the stronger an individual’s beliefs in their “self-efficacy,” or their ability to achieve their goals, the higher their level of motivation to persevere toward those goals. 

People with low self-efficacy, on the other hand, shy away from their goals because they don’t feel they have the wherewithal to attain them.

Action in the present combined with the time and ability to develop first hope and then plans for a better future will provide the inner peace, motivation, and equilibrium to stay on course toward your goals. 

This week, dedicate yourself to finding a balance of hope and action in your life.
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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).

Monday, July 25, 2016

Smile, It's Monday: Your Weekly Wake-up Call to Make a Difference in the World

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime
And, departing, leave behind
Footprints on the sands of time.
--- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

What will be your legacy? What footprints will you leave for posterity? If you’re unwilling to take the time to consider what you want your footprints to look like now, how can you expect to recognize them later?


You will only ever achieve what you are first able to conceive.

If you’re like most people, you make appointments with everyone around you without even giving it a second thought, yet you find it challenging to make an appointment with yourself.

When you spend all day at the office and can’t even find the time to go for a fifteen-minute walk mid-morning or after lunch and reconnect with yourself, what do your actions say about your priorities?

When you fill your entire weekend with social obligations—many with people with whom you have little to talk about—and realize on Sunday night that you edged out any time to just relax and do nothing, how does your busy social calendar translate into the value you place on time with yourself?

If you take the unconscious route through life, be prepared to be very conscious you wish you had done more with your life once you have lost most of your strength to make an imprint.

This week, schedule some time to reflect on how you want to influence others during your limited time on this earth.

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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 audio CD, "The Surprising Source of Your Passion", enter your email here (1-step only).