What you think should not always be what you say,
but what you say should always be what you think.
--- Anthony Silard
Sharing thoughts without a purpose is like driving without a direction: you can end up just about anywhere. Feeling obligated to communicate every thought that crosses your mind – whether it’s aligned with your Vision or not – is not being authentic. Why? A thought based on a temporary mood or a negative emotion such as insecurity, anger or fear, or a thought that would unnecessarily harm another human being, does not reflect your deeper, more intact Self – where your authenticity resides. Identify a person you would like to be authentic with this week. Plan your conversation in a way that enables you to be yourself – with purpose. Start with someone who is easier to talk to – consider it batting practice – and gradually work your way toward more challenging conversations with other important people in your life.
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).