To forget one’s purpose
is the commonest form of stupidity.
Recall a moment in the last month when you felt an intense emotion pulling you away from your vision and core values that guide how you want to live your life—such as anxiety about a parent’s visit, or insecurity about how someone you just started dating feels about you, or fear of an imminent conversation, or a craving for unhealthy food or alcohol or sex.
Freeze yourself in this moment. What if you could access the awareness you have now while the moment was actually happening?
Now think back to a moment that you probably don’t have to search back a month—or even a day for that matter—to find.
You may not have to look back more than a few hours to remember a moment when you devoted your precious time to staring at the screen of your laptop, smartphone or tablet instead of doing something vitally important to you, such as having a meaningful conversation with someone you care about or refining a skill critical to your career or going for a walk and thinking about your life.
This week, ask yourself the question, “What guides my actions?” Follow it with another: “How do I keep myself moving toward these guiding values rather than becoming carried away with whatever I feel like doing in the moment?”
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).