Monday, March 20, 2017

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

What someone is, 
begins to be revealed when his talent abates,
when he stops showing us what he can do.
---Nietzsche

Your busy-ness can be like a shield that prevents you from connecting with others and what you truly value.

Whether at home or the office, or spending time with your family or friends, you may constantly say, “I don’t have the time to just sit and do nothing.” The truth is you don’t have the time not to just sit and do nothing.

If you don’t spend time just being, you will never accomplish much with the time you spend doing.

You may do all the time and try to convince yourself of your importance through your busy-ness. Meanwhile, you may be eliminating any possible time to just be.

An ironic choice to make, considering that you are a human being, not a ‘human doing’.

You may fear you’ll no longer have your ‘pulse’ on your work projects if you don’t work around the clock. You may be afraid you’ll lose ground that will be avariciously gained by others.

The truth is that time off stage improves your performance when you’re back on. Numerous studies on work-life balance have revealed that most ideas do not come to people while at the office.

Many everyday moments are available right in front of you to reconnect with what you deeply value if you only slow down enough to experience them.

This week, ask yourself how you can integrate more time into your schedule to just be. Make yourself a priority just as you so easily schedule time for others.
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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, March 6, 2017

Smile, It’s Monday: Your Weekly Wake-up Call to Live the Life You Have Imagined

If there are ten steps between you and a major goal, 
you won’t know how to take steps two through ten 
until you take step one.
---Anthony Silard

Imagine you have to go through ten interviews with senior managers at a major company to land your dream job. Each manager asks you different questions and shares their perceptions of the company.

If you fare well, they ask you to return in a few days to meet the next manager—all the way up to the CEO.

How would you approach this series of interviews? Would you act the same in all ten interviews, or would your behavior in each interview depend on what you had learned about the company in your prior interviews?

I have asked you a rhetorical question with an obvious answer. Most likely, you are willing to accept that if there are ten steps between you and a major goal, the only way to know how to take the tenth step is to take the first nine steps and then use your best judgment.

If you work back from there, you will realize that you won’t know how to take the ninth step until you take the first eight steps, and so on.

This metaphor has startling implications. It illustrates why sitting around and pondering how to reach a goal—whether it’s to find a new job, or earn another degree, or meet the right person—is an attempt to make a decision with incomplete information.

The more practical and effective way to achieve your goal is to get off your rear cushion and take your first step. There’s no other way to get the information you need to proceed to step two.

What have you dreamed your whole life about accomplishing? This week, take step one.
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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).