Monday, February 26, 2018

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


It is easier to perceive error than to find truth, for the former lies on the surface and is easily seen, while the latter lies in the depth, where few are willing to search for it.
---Goethe 

Have you ever watched a heron fly above the ocean and then suddenly plunge into the water, submerging itself in its quest for fish? Imagine you are flying above a lake and dive deep into the water, not for dinner but to reach the bottom.

Once you arrive at the lake’s floor, let your body become still. As the water settles and becomes clear, let your mind do the same.

Sitting there, in the depths of the lake, is your true self. When the lake is clear, you see to the bottom of who you truly are. You become calm, peaceful, and serene, just like the water.

Once you encounter even a glimpse of truth, all it takes is a tiny stone to fall into your lake to destroy the inner peace that accompanies it. The first ripple leads to other, larger ripples, and soon the water is stirred up and you are no longer at peace.

For these reasons, many of us simply avoid this relentless search. We hide from truth instead. How? Email. Alcohol. Drugs. Texting. TV. Food. Sex. Shopping. Superficial relationships. Name your poison—there are plenty to help you avert your authentic self.

This week, dedicate yourself to taking a small step forward in your search. 

How? Go to a meditation. Take a walk alone. Just sit. Find what works for you. Do a little and build up a bit of your trust in yourself. Then do a bit more.

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Anthony Silard is the president of The Center for Social Leadership, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC 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, enter your email here (1-step only). To support The Center for Social Leadership's Young Leaders Program for disadvantaged youth either directly or through Amazon.com purchases, click here.

Monday, February 12, 2018

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


 
Be great in act,
as you have been in thought
.

---Shakespeare

The expression “The road to hell is paved with good intentions” has weathered the years for a reason.

It means nothing to your children that you “intended” to pick them up after school. Your father does not place any value on your excuse that you “intended” to call him on his birthday. 

Your boss couldn’t care less that you “intended” to deliver the report on time. The police officer will not appreciate as much as you’d like them to that you “intended” to pay for the book before you walked out of Barnes & Noble. 

People read you, relate to you, trust you (or don’t), and react to you based on only one thing: your actions. 

When you see the word “in-ten-tion,” think “in-ten minutes,” “in-ten hours,” “in-ten years”—the road to hell is paved with good intentions because in-ten-tions don’t receive immediate at-ten-tion. 

Intentions don’t cause change; actions do. 

You are what you give your attention to now, not what you intend for later. 

We don’t have racial integration in the United States because Martin Luther King Jr. had the in-ten-tion to march from Selma to Montgomery. We share the same sinks and buses because MLK put his immediate at-ten-tion to working toward change in the present—not in ten days, ten years, or whenever. 

This week, place immediate at-ten-tion on your foremost in-tent-ions.

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Anthony Silard is the president of The Center for Social Leadership, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC 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, enter your email here (1-step only). To support The Center for Social Leadership's Young Leaders Program for disadvantaged youth either directly or through Amazon.com purchases, click here.