Monday, August 21, 2017

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

Thought and theory must precede all salutary action,
yet action is nobler in itself than either thought or theory.
--- William Wordsworth

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was living in Weimar in 1806 with his girlfriend, Christiane, and their son. Napoleon’s army invaded the town and occupied their home, bursting into their bedroom with bayonets drawn.

While the German philosopher stood petrified, Christiane took charge of the situation. She barricaded the kitchen and cellar and quarreled with the marauding soldiers until they retreated. The next day, Goethe married Christiane.

While thinking can help you crystallize your deepest values and life vision, so can acting.

Without action, your thoughts can go on tangents that distance you further and further from reality. Being in the line of fire with Christiane and observing her courage provided Goethe with the wake-up call he needed to clarify his feelings toward her.

While your mind generates thoughts about what you want to do with your life, your actions generate feelings.

To confirm whether you want to become a singer, dancer, or podiatrist, you have to do more than study those vocations. You have to belt out a few tunes, get jiggy with some new moves, or put your hands around a few feet and experience how it makes you feel.

This week, practice taking bold action instead of thinking your days away and you will feel energetic rather than lethargic, and confident rather than timid as you witness yourself unabashedly living your potential.
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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, August 14, 2017

Smile, It’s Monday: Your Weekly Wake-up Call to Build Meaningful Relationships

To love abundantly is to live abundantly,
and to love forever is to live forever.
--- Henry Drummond

All of us experience profound grief at various times in our lives. The passing of a loved one, a miscarriage, a break-up—unfortunately, difficult events are or at some point will be a part of all of our lives.

When we feel grief after the passing of someone we deeply love, it is not possible to process all of it at one time.

Consider the alternative: if you hadn’t had such strong feelings of love, you wouldn’t feel much grief.

As hard as it may be to do, push yourself to access the deep gratitude that lies within. Be thankful you had the opportunity to love, to feel such deep caring, to develop such a meaningful relationship.

Despite how challenging it feels to do, try to shift your powerless feelings of loss to powerful feelings of gain—toward an appreciation of how fortunate you are to have been blessed by this person’s presence in your life.

The alternative—no relationship; no love; no loss—is unfathomable.

Make a vow to yourself, when you feel able, to genuinely express love in each of your relationships and to fill your life only with relationships that provide a repository for the love within you and allow it to flourish.

While this may feel like small solace in these dark hours, it is love and only love—for the people around you—that will bring vitality back into your life.
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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).