You may be thinking that this is the same as focusing on the present (part 3). To a certain degree it is, but there are subtle and important differences.
Einstein said: “I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.”
To live in the “now” is much more a personal thought process than focusing on a specific task.
To Live In The Moment Is The Key To Less Worry.
Of course this doesn’t mean you won’t worry about certain things. We humans do have a tendency to worry about things anyway. Reducing this worry is really a good thing, so ask yourself some questions:
How often do you think about things you did in the past?
Do you dwell on past events that you have no control over and can do nothing about?
Are you worrying about what “might” happen in the future if you do something? You may be playing the “what if” card again. Thing is, if you don’t do the thing you’re thinking about, you won’t ever know will you?
The message here is to stop worrying about things you have no control over or what “might” be. Live NOW and just DO IT! After all, you can only succeed or fail. Either way you have learned something.
“Going To” Is Not A Phrase To Live For Now
Are you in a phase of “I’m going to do this (or that)”? I know I have been guilty in the past of being in this unproductive and procrastinating phase. In fact, I still say this. Difference is, I pinch myself and tell myself to stop delaying and get the job done!
So, if you say “I’m going to write that blog post series” or “I’m going to start to do videos”, if you have 30 minutes right there and then, instead of going to make that coffee (or tea), make a start on it and COMMIT to it NOW! That is being in the moment and a real way of getting past the “I’m going to” phase.
This isn’t a focus issue, but it is a life issue. If you have a tendency to procrastinate or make excuses like “I don’t have time”, then what is the point in thinking about it?
Simple – because we can all have “good intentions”.
Thing is, good intentions don’t get the job done or do anything to move us forward.
The most important thing is to do what comes to you when it’s fresh in your mind. This is even more important when you have some time to do it straight away.
“Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today”.
The future will be here before you know it and all your “gonnas” will still be hanging around and doing nothing for you.
Living in the moment may well be similar to focusing on the present, but ultimately it’s not the same.
To the future (via today)