Monday, May 30, 2016

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


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Moods are driven by short-term emotions
such as pain, pleasure, anxiety, and anger.
Feelings are driven by the heart
.
--- Anthony Silard

The most common mistake we all make time and time again is to confuse a mood with a feeling.

Moods are brief. Their duration is usually a few moments, hours, or days—although occasionally they last for weeks.

In short, moods are feelings in disguise. A mood can be the result of what you just ate, whether you exercised in the last day or two, your reaction to what someone said or didn’t say, or a negative string of thoughts you’ve allowed to spiral out of control.

Feelings, on the other hand, last for weeks, months, years. They reflect how you truly experience your life. Your feelings consistently return to remind you of your innermost convictions. 

While moods are like small waves constantly shifting direction and stirring up the water, feelings are like a continuous swell of water moving in a specific direction. Feelings do change direction over time, but at a much slower, more stable rate than moods.

You can choose to have a conversation with yourself before you act impulsively based on a current mood such as edginess, anxiety, depression or anger. A simple reminder such as “I’m experiencing a mood. I will let it pass so I can return to a more stable, long-term feeling.” 

This week, take an inventory of the feelings that return to you over and over again. Also acknowledge the myriad moods you experience as the week progresses. Reflect on what your feelings show up to tell you about what you truly value.

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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, May 16, 2016

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

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It is questionable if all the mechanical inventions yet made
have lightened the day’s toil of any human being
.
--- John Stuart Mill

Some argue we are more efficient than ever before. Others contend, however, that we are at times more efficient and in other moments eroding that efficiency by wasting time responding to emails and texts that aren’t aligned with our life vision.

There is no doubt that we have the capability to do things much more efficiently now. If you are in doubt, compare writing, typing, buying stamps, filling and addressing envelopes and sending out a letter to twenty board members only a few decades ago versus emailing it to them now.

The real question is where is this freed-up, newly liberated time going? To building stronger friendships, taking more vacations, playing more sports, listening to more music, enjoying life more?

For a few, yes. For most of us, however, the truth is not so illustrious. We are allocating the hours liberated by digital efficiency to other digitally-mediated activities less aligned with our core values and authentic sense of self.

This week, take a few moments to question how you are spending your time. Put simply, what are you doing with those extra hours now that you can more efficiently get things done and communicate with others? 

Are you getting even more things done and communicating even more rapidly—with briefer and briefer chunks of typed text rather than looking someone in the eye and speaking from the heart—or are you using this time to enhance your essential humanness and closest relationships? 

In the third millennium, that is the question.

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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 every other 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, May 2, 2016

Smile, It’s Monday: Your Weekly Wake-up Call to Become a More Effective Leader

 
Stop worrying about how to be successful
and instead devote your time to thinking about how to be useful
.
--- Jim Collins 

In 1987, Merck scientists developed a cure for river blindness in West and Central Africa. Their market research indicated it would be unprofitable to sell the drug, Mectizan, because the more than 18 million people who needed it couldn’t afford it at the price they would need to charge to turn a profit. 

So Merck elected to ship Mectizan to West Africa for free. Merck made a similarly unprofitable decision to bring streptomycin to Japan after World War II to eliminate a tuberculosis epidemic.

“But why would a private company make unprofitable decisions?” you may be asking yourself.

The answer is simple. These were the only available options aligned with Merck’s vision of “preserving and improving human life.” 

Merck attracts some of the world’s best scientists, who are loyal to the pharmaceutical company because of its ideology. Without these top-caliber scientists, Merck would lose its internal capacity to develop other drugs that are profitable. 

Due to its adherence to a set of core values its scientists and customers believe in, Merck was extremely profitable as a company—growing to nearly $6 billion in profits and surpassing the general market by over ten times—between 1946 and 2000. 

This week, reflect on your approach to leadership. Ask yourself if you have an overarching vision of helping others or if you are just out to make a buck. The more you shift your orientation to the former, the more you will inspire others and, ironically, generate financial resources for your initiative.

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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 every other 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).