Life shrinks or expands
in proportion to one's courage.
--- Anais Nin
Do you wish to create something that doesn’t currently exist in your life—such as earning a degree, or keeping your body in good physical condition, or building a lasting intimate relationship?
Writing down a concrete goal helps you stay focused on what you want to create. This skill—maintaining your focus on a specific objective—has never been more critical in the history of humankind. With the advent of email, Facebook, and smartphones, never before have we had so many options—and distractions—at our fingertips.
You may enjoy jogging, painting, or interacting with a new social group after you’ve begun performing the action—yet may have trouble getting yourself to begin. Setting a goal impels you to step out of the starting gate more often with the hope that you’ll reach the point where you actually enjoy doing something enough to integrate it into your life.
Taking this first step toward a new goal, however, is a daunting challenge. We often sit paralyzed because we fear rejection, incompletion, or coming to terms with our own limitations.
Yet our limitations shrink or expand in proportion to our courage. It is an inverse relationship: the more courage we pull up from inside, the less salient of a role our limitations play in our lives.
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).