Monday, July 25, 2016

Smile, It's Monday: Your Weekly Wake-up Call to Make a Difference in the World

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime
And, departing, leave behind
Footprints on the sands of time.
--- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

What will be your legacy? What footprints will you leave for posterity? If you’re unwilling to take the time to consider what you want your footprints to look like now, how can you expect to recognize them later?

You will only ever achieve what you are first able to conceive.

If you’re like most people, you make appointments with everyone around you without even giving it a second thought, yet you find it challenging to make an appointment with yourself.

When you spend all day at the office and can’t even find the time to go for a fifteen-minute walk mid-morning or after lunch and reconnect with yourself, what do your actions say about your priorities?

When you fill your entire weekend with social obligations—many with people with whom you have little to talk about—and realize on Sunday night that you edged out any time to just relax and do nothing, how does your busy social calendar translate into the value you place on time with yourself?

If you take the unconscious route through life, be prepared to be very conscious you wish you had done more with your life once you have lost most of your strength to make an imprint.

This week, schedule some time to reflect on how you want to influence others during your limited time on this earth.


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 audio CD, "The Surprising Source of Your Passion", enter your email here (1-step only).