All truly great thoughts
are conceived by walking.
Picture a constant race taking place between your actions and your thoughts. Your actions are almost always far ahead and winning the race. One of your greatest life challenges is to provide your thoughts the regular opportunity to catch up.
Thought of in this way, your life is a continuous two-tier process of thinking and acting. You’re either thinking about what you want to do, doing it, or thinking about what you’ve already done. Thought, action, thought, action—thoughts and actions fill your entire life, one after the other!
Since your thoughts will enter the scene at some point, the real question becomes whether they will come before or after your actions. Ask yourself this one question: “Will I take the time out of my life to set its direction, or will I allow my actions to leap so far ahead of my thoughts that I cease to recognize them?”
If you take time regularly to reflect on your life, your thoughts are more likely to precede and guide your actions. If you don’t, they are more likely to follow your actions and yield guilt and remorse. Inspiration or regrets—which will you choose?
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).