Why It’s Important To Focus On the Present.

the present needs your focus

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Part 3 of 10 based on the principles of Albert Einstein. When we consider everything we do and think, how many of us have negative thoughts about something from our past or what MIGHT happen in the future?

Put everything into perspective and consider what Einstein said once:
“Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves”.

The MOMENT is what matters and the task to make the experience the best you can. So what if you had a bad kiss yesterday? You must concentrate on NOW and stop worrying about the past or future to make the kiss that perfect experience.

Why Is It So Important To Work For Now?

Simple!

Because now is all we have!

Let’s address the question mentioned about having negative thoughts about something from the past.

What can one do about it? If you have learned from that experience then you should be able to change things so that you don’t make the same mistakes.

The way to deal with this problem is to fully concentrate on your goal. To stay in the present and focus on what you actually need to do to be “in the moment” and not worrying about things you can’t change or the dreaded “what if” scenario, focus on WHY you want to achieve.

Is what you do putting you in a feeling of true contentment?

Is it your bliss?

Ask yourself what is stopping you from being in this situation. What is stopping you from being “in your bliss” when doing your daily tasks?

Focus On The Now Instead Of Other Things.

Avoid distractions. There are many things around us that can distract us from what we need to do. We have a goal and we go onto Facebook to do some marketing. Before we know it, we start answering messages and taking notice of the notifications. Everything we do in this modern world revolves (or seems to) around some notification or other:

  • You have mail.
  • The dog needs to go out.
  • The school is telling you your child is not well (hopefully not often)

You get the idea?

What are 5 distractions you should avoid?

  1. Constantly checking email.
  2. Checking for messages and other things on your mobile phone too often.
  3. TV – goes without saying that one!
  4. Radio – to a lesser extent than TV possibly.
  5. Facebook or other social media you can get addicted to.

So, in order to focus and stay focused on what you need to achieve today, do everything you can do to keep on task. Although it’s not easy, try to avoid distractions and thinking about the things you cannot change that have passed. Take the “what if” negativity from your future by doing what you need to do NOW.

Repeated and focused, appropriate daily action will lead to success and there is no need for negative “what if” in your mind.

Think about the quote above and consider how you can concentrate and give your full attention to what you are doing instead of letting yourself drift away because of the things I have pointed out in this post.

Focus on the present, because it’s the present that matters to create the future that you truly want.

Thanks for reading.

Barrie Evans

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22 Responses to Why It’s Important To Focus On the Present.

  • Hi Barrie,

    My distractions come from the telephone during the day, so I’ve switched my day round. I have the “entertainment part” during the hours when most people work, and I settle down to my serious uninterrupted work from about 6pm until 2pm. But I appreciate that not everyone has the luxury of switching round their day 😛

    I have heard it said that “Fear” is False expectations appearing real”!

    Joy
    PS Sorry – this comment has come out all in capitals and I can’t seem to turn them off!

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    Barrie Evans Reply:

    Thanks Joy. No all capitals showing for me.

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  • Hello Barrie, What a great post, i just love how you talk about the dreaded “what if” scenario!! So true WHO cares right? yesterday is gone and tomorrow is what you need to be focused on.

    Awesome Awesome Post.
    thank you for sharing
    Chery :))

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    Barrie Evans Reply:

    Thanks a lot Chery 😀

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  • Very informative post , everything is described very well in your post. Learn a lot from your blog.your strategies are really mind blowing…

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    Barrie Evans Reply:

    Thanks James 😀

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  • Hi Barrie,

    Forgive the caps, as they seem to be part of a software/app snafu.

    Driving a car while kissing a girl, eh? always figured einstein was a bit of a hound!

    Agree totally with your assessment of memories & worries distracting us from living. Staying in the moment has been a lifelong battle for me. Although I like to think so, not sure age encourages focus.

    But, hey, the fun is in the trip, right?
    Edward

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    Barrie Evans Reply:

    Great fun the the trip Edward. Thanks a lot. No “all caps” coming through in comment so no problem. Must be as you say a “software snafu” 😀

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  • Great article barrie, focusing on the present is key, as it eliminating distractions. That was a big one for me, once I began to focus on the task at hand 100%, my results improved. Sorry for all caps, i don’t know what’s going on, my caps lock is off…

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    Barrie Evans Reply:

    Thanks Kay. Don’t worry about the caps, they actually don’t come through. Strange how it’s happening.

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  • Hi Barrie ,
    great post, it is true many always think of everything else then what has do be done now.
    There is always a lot of distraction. Especially this day with the cell phones.
    Without focusing on what has to be done now, work is not getting done or is not
    properly done.
    Thank you
    Erika

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    Barrie Evans Reply:

    Thanks a lot Erica 😀

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  • Hi Barrie,

    Thanks so much for brining up this topic. There are so many things that can distract us it is crazy. I recently purchased a “white noise” machine. I have it on especially when I’m writing. I can loose focus pretty quickly these days lol.

    But I usually have my criteria written down and follow it each day…well almost each day lol.

    -Donna

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    Barrie Evans Reply:

    Oh yes, Donna. I get distractions all the time. I have learned to “switch off” more now than ever before, which is a good thing for me.

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  • Hi Barrie, that quote gave me a huge smile!

    “Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves”.

    But it really sums up your very wise words here, focusing on the task in hand is always the best policy, and easily sorted by planning and turning off distractions.

    Negative thoughts have a huge impact on what we are achieving and we have to approach every task/day with a freash mind… what didn’t work before will work this time, just learn and ask until the hurdle is behind us. Turn those negatives around!!

    “What If” … you succeed?

    ~ Jacs

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    Barrie Evans Reply:

    As Joe Vitale says – play the What if “up” game. Instead of what if I fail, make it what if I succeed?

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  • I think everyone must occasionally have negative thoughts but the trick is not to let them take hold. I recently read about setting goals as if you were writing a year ahead. So instead of writing “I will” …. write “I have” (done/achieved etc). That’s a very positive way of looking at things.

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    Barrie Evans Reply:

    Good strategy Sue to write “I have”. Thanks for your input.

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  • hI BARRIE, focus is something that i have to work on constantly. caring for an alzheimer’s patient at home does present some challenges with focus too, on top of the distractions online.

    thanks for the motivating post.

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    Barrie Evans Reply:

    I care for my elderly parents during the day. I have to take the dog out too, which is a distraction all of its own, without the other things I do on top of my business. The important thing for me is to satisfy my focus point daily so I don’t lose track.

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  • Barrie,

    Problem is – sometimes there are many conflicting things vying for my attention at the same time. I want to write that article, work out at my health club, buy much needed supplies, shop for groceries, read others’ blogs, etc. By choosing one thing, I may have to postpone doing other things. There is often a choice that needs to be made.
    Warmly,

    Dr. Erica

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    Barrie Evans Reply:

    Yes Erica, we are often left with choices to be made. I prioritise mine to make sure I do what is required to keep my main focus point satisfied first. Then I can go do the othere things. Thank you for your input.

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