Achieve now… Achieve what? Whatever you want…but how?
Answer…by being focus and ultimately focus is all about paying attention to the power of the present moment.
However focus only becomes effective when it is practiced in context – the context of where you are and where you’re going in life.
In fact, focus on its own is a dangerous thing – you could be fully focused, but on the wrong thing! So ensuring that you understand the context in which you’re focusing is vital.
But, before we even get that far, we need to understand why focus is the pre-requisite to happiness and success in anything you want to achieve.
So you must be focused in the present moment but this present focus does not happen in a empty space- all focus takes place in context and you need to ensure that you get your context right – otherwise you could become expert at focusing in the present moment but end up focusing on the wrong things.
Developing your ability to focus on the present moment without the context of strategic focus is like expending all your energy on learning how to fly a plane without knowing where you are or where you’re going – without having any access to a map or indeed, without even realizing that it’s an airplane you’re piloting!
You need to plot a course towards a place you want to go – or, even more to the point, a place that’s best for you. Only then will your moment to moment focus move you in the right direction.
What occupies your mind creates your life. Whether you’re a success or failure, healthy or ill, wealthy or poor, happy or stressed or even depressed is all down to your state of mind.
Here is a quote from Wayne Dryer “Present-moment living, getting in touch with your now, is at the heart of effective living. When you think about it, there really is no other moment you can live. Now is all there is, and the future is just another present moment to live when it arrives”.
Once you step back from your mental chatter and accept the present moment for what it truly is, it’s also entirely possible that you’ll feel more alert, calm, and empowered. In many ways you will meet a brand new person when you stop living “in your head” and center your awareness on the truth of right here and now.
The fact is most people are not living their truth, because they are not living in the real world. By this, I mean it’s common for people to dwell constantly on thoughts of the past and/or future, rather than to be centered in the immediate present.
People assume that to be a success – in whatever aspect of your life you choose, or all of them – you need to be focused on your goals. But focus is simply a matter of paying attention – to both your goals and, even more importantly, the present moment.
After all, the present moment is the only time and place you have. And, if you start each day without taking five minutes to focus your mind in the here and now, your mind, having started the day in default mode, will wander aimlessly through the day in the same default, mindless, unfocused, inattentive, self-destructive mode.
If you get home in the evening having had another crap day, it’s your own fault – it could have been so different if you just bothered to “dress yourself mentally” for the day ahead.
So you need to learn how to pay attention to the present moment, engross yourself in now. Again, this is done by paying attention to your five senses – your only interface with the real world.
You need to retrain your mind – because you were an expert at paying attention when you were a child – to more fully experience what now looks like, feels like, sounds like, smells like and tastes like.
Even five minutes of breathing meditation – meditation uses the senses to simply experience the moment – each morning will start the ball rolling. Meditation disciplines the mind to be more attentive, less likely to be unsettled by the nonsense of everyday life and more likely to be able to spot opportunity when it stares you in the face – and every normal mind needs that discipline.
It is that simple so please do not complicate things. Your life is the result of your state of mind. You need to take control of your state of mind – after all, it’s the only thing in your life that you can fully control – then you can change your life.
I leave you with this great quote…“The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.” – Abraham Maslow (lived 1908 – 1970)
To your success…Life Coach Lionel Sanabria
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