Monday, June 24, 2013

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


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If you want to achieve your most important goals as quickly as possible, slow down.
--- Anthony Silard

The only problem with rushing through life is we miss out on it. We also miss the deeper messaging that emanates from our hearts if only we are willing to slow down enough to listen to it. When you refuse to connect with your inner intuition, you head down the wrong path. Later, you expend a lot of time and energy switching back, retracing your steps and trying to rediscover the right one. If you want to achieve your life goals – whether they are to pursue the right career, or find the right partner, or create a successful business – a much wiser strategy is to give yourself some unstructured time each day for your thoughts to catch up with your actions. Otherwise, your actions so far outpace your ability to process them that you cease to recognize what you are doing, why you are doing it, and, ultimately, who you are. Schedule some unstructured time to just be this week, and remind yourself that you are a human being, not a human ‘doing’.

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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, June 17, 2013

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




Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being. Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. 
The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation.

--- Saint Augustine

To deepen your foundation, write down what you stand for, what you want to remembered for, and what you most value in your life. Based on what you have written, formulate some daily practices that will bring you closer to your higher Self – the voice within that guides you to “do the right thing,” independent of the consequences. Write down a few of these practices. Integrate these daily practices into your Vision Statement (my book The Connection includes a guide to creating your personal Vision Statement), a guiding document that describes who you are and what you stand for. By writing down what you value the most and referring to it once or twice per week – especially when stimuli in the external world (such as when you don’t get what you want in a situation or feel criticized by another person) are pulling you away from how you want to be as a human being – you increase your chances ten-fold of transforming your desired life into your reality.

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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, June 10, 2013

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




Success doesn’t come from aiming at success. 
Success comes from doing what you’re passionate about to the best of your ability.

--- Anthony Silard

The next time you are at the gym, focus on doing ten reps of any given exercise and watch what happens. You may achieve ten reps, but if you do it will most likely be with lousy form. Instead, try it this way: First, decide to aim for ten reps. Second, forget about the number ten and focus on your form. Do each rep slowly. Fully outstretch and then slowly retract your arm, leg, back or stomach while keeping your vertebrae in a straight, locked position and your head looking directly forward. You may only achieve seven or eight reps, but they will be performed with quality, you will be much less likely to pull a muscle or injure yourself, and you will increase your muscle tone and strength much more rapidly. To achieve your goals in exercise, as in life, briefly visualize what you want to accomplish and then expend 98 percent of your energies on what you will do to get there. To get started, set your exercise goals for the week. Then write down a few sentences about the techniques you will use to achieve them.

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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, June 3, 2013

Smile, It’s Monday: Your Weekly Wake-up Call to Build Meaningful Relationships




There is only love – all else is illusion. 
At every moment, in every conversation you have ever been in or ever will be in, 
you and the other person are each either seeking love or expressing love.
--- Anthony Silard

We seek love in many ways, such as shouting, belittling, attempting to guilt someone into doing what we want them to do, manipulating, giving the silent treatment. Arguments happen when two people are seeking love at the same time. Our most intimate, loving moments – including “lovemaking” – happen when two people are simultaneously expressing love. Here is the key to effective communication: When the other person is seeking love, listen. Show empathy. Try to understand their needs. When they are expressing love, it’s your opportunity to be assertive, to get your needs met. In fact, it’s the only time when you can get your needs met, because it’s the only time when they will actually listen to you. Identify a person who has been a thorn in your side lately. The next time they get on your nerves, remind yourself that they are seeking love in their own way, yet are pushing it further away from them because they haven’t learned healthier ways to get their needs met. How can you lighten your position just a little bit, and help them to get the love they desperately need? Try this strategy – it’s the first step to filling your life with more loving, meaningful relationships.

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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).