Monday, January 28, 2013

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


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Perhaps the truth depends 
on a walk around the lake.
---Wallace Stevens

What does your truth depend on? Where do you go to decompress and think through life’s larger issues? Where is the special refuge that enables you to clear your mind and ruminate on why your significant other has become more distant, or why your father told you he’s “surprised” you haven’t given up on an important career goal you’ve been struggling with, or to manage the anger and insecurity that have been welling up within you ever since your mother asked you why you’re not married yet? There is no right way to dream. Each of us has different ways of tapping into our life Vision.

This week, take some time to discover what you need to do to become tranquil and centered enough to think deeply about what gives your life meaning. Don’t rely on just one strategy. Depending on your situation, what works one day may not work the next. Going for a walk in a local park may be an excellent choice on Thursday evening when it’s warm out, but if there’s a torrential downpour on Saturday have a Plan B to go to yoga or a museum. Be open to finding new, creative ways to dream.

How do you take time to dream in your daily life? Share your successes and challenges in this area with us in the comments.


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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 each 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, January 21, 2013

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


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Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it!

Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

—Goethe

What important goal do you keep putting off that leaves you feeling like your life is incomplete? To learn how to play the piano? To further your education? To speak another language? To buy a bicycle and start riding on weekends? You may feel overwhelmed by this goal and ignore it, hoping it will leave you alone. It won’t. While you may think you should take yoga classes, or enroll in a photography course, or act on a hunch and test your idea, it’s usually not until you start doing it that you actually feel like doing it. You might think to yourself, “I should learn Italian. I bet it would be really useful and would round out my life.” Go to Italy and you will feel like learning it. You may think, “I should write more cards to my family. I wouldn’t be where I am without them. I need to slow down and show them how much I appreciate their being in my life.” Pick up the pen and write your first card or two. Your love for the people who have stood by you through thick and thin will fill you and make you feel like writing more cards.

This really works! The reason: Actions generate more actions! Actions give ideas a sense of urgency. This week, select an important life goal. Then—without further ado—take action, any action, to move you in its direction. Open yourself to the new actions your first action will generate.

How action-oriented are you? What are the repercussions in your life? Tell us about it in the comments.

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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 each 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).

Friday, January 18, 2013

Leadership Movie of the Month - Anthony Silard in the Huffington Post

My latest article in the Huffington Post explains why I highly recommend the Swedish film Ondskan (Evil) as a leadership film. In this article, I explore themes of bullying, the use of leadership skills for self-protection, and whether violence is justified in self-defense.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

From Face-to-Face to Facebook - Anthony Silard in the Huffington Post

I hope you enjoy my recent article in the Huffington Post, and that it helps you to think about the role you wish technology to play in your life.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Smile, It’s Monday: Your Weekly Wake-up Call to Create the Intimate Relationship You Desire


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Love, once discovered, 
naturally expands.
--- Anthony Silard

You can discover love either within yourself, from others, or for others. Once you allow love into your heart—from any source—it will naturally permeate your being and then start to expand. “But I don’t feel any love around me in this cold world,” you may feel. Yes, it’s true that sometimes we feel like no one cares. We grow weary of facing rejection or feeling betrayed. Yet it’s also true that love is always around us, just not always in the form we desire it in. We become so focused on love arriving at our doorstep all packaged up in the way and at the time we dictate. What we fail to realize is that we are not practicing love, but attachment—to our own desires and preferences.

The more we learn to love ourselves, the more others will follow our lead. This includes loving the parts of ourselves that we are ashamed of or deem undesirable. When we can love ourselves in our completeness, we teach others to do the same. If you don’t make developing love within, by, and for yourself a priority, then the emptiness you feel while alone will naturally transform into uneasiness when you are in a relationship. This week, take some time to detect the love that already exists in your life, and then allow it to naturally grow and become your guide.

Who in your life has been a source of love whom you have been denying or taking for granted? What can you do about it? Tell us about it in the comments.


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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 each 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, January 7, 2013

Smile, It’s Monday: Your Weekly Wake-up Call to Become Your Greatest Fan


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Not in the clamor of the crowded streets . . .

but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.

--- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The key phrase here is in ourselves. It implies that anything you want to achieve in your life must first be born within you. If you want to sustain a healthy and happy marriage, or patent an invention that revolutionizes a key function of everyday life, or build on your career success while still finding ample time to spend with your children before they leave for college, look within yourself first. See if the kernel of what you want to create—your unwavering belief that you can—is there. No belief, no creation—it’s that simple.

This week, pick a situation you are experiencing—whether it’s a challenge at work, or a difficult issue in an important relationship, or a question about your career you are trying to resolve—and identify the voice narrating it to yourself. Is it a voice of support, positivity, and love, or a voice of doubt, fear, and disdain? Write down the adjectives that best describe your self-voice. Then envision how you would ideally like to describe the voice inside your head, and make a commitment to start speaking to yourself with this new voice.

How would you describe the voice that holds court in your internal dialogues? Share it with us in the comments.

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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 each 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).