11 Dec Focusing on the Present Time for your life (and business!)
It was only two months ago, while working with my business coach, that we discovered the reason for, what felt like, resistance, in moving my business forward.
I was focused solely on the future.
Now, folks, I know better. I’ve done much personal growth and recovery work and was keenly aware of the fact that you cannot get anything done if you are looking towards the future or focused on past regrets or issues. So, it was a shock to me, and admittedly a little unpleasant.
I love personal growth and learning about myself. And being an entrepreneur is the fast track to finding and becoming your true self. I can’t begin to tell you how many “a-ha!” moments have struck me – some hard, some light and some in-between, but all necessary. If you don’t mind stepping outside your comfort zone, being an entrepreneur is for you. And yet, I thought I had all my issues resolved before the career change as an entrepreneur. God must be chuckling to himself.
To understand this problem of focusing on the future, its important to understand that you can’t live in the future (nor in the past). Its not logically possible.
How do I become a successful prolific and affective entrepreneur?
By focusing on the income producing activities TODAY. Because by focusing on those activities today, it will propel me toward my goals and dreams of the future. Don’t forget to add in a dollop (or perhaps a bucket?) of patience because this won’t happen overnight.
One step at a time. And sometimes I need to break it down to one hour and one minute at a time. It saves me from feeling the overwhelm that comes with the business.
When my coach and I discovered this, I was focused on the “what ifs” of the future. What if I’m not respected? What if I am not liked? What if I can’t handle the workload? Sigh. Do you see how much this is out of my control? I can only control my thoughts and actions in the here and now.
At least now I know why I felt as if I was going nowhere fast.
Now, if you don’t believe that focusing on the future can be an obstacle to your success, read the chapter “Live in the Present Moment” from the book “The Obstacle is the Way” by Ryan Holiday. He explains it brilliantly. To paraphrase, most people start their businesses from a disadvantage and do just fine. He lists those companies that started during depressions or economic crises. How did they manage to survive till now? They took things day by day. To quote, “Focus on the moment, not the monsters that may or may not be up ahead.” Duh. Got it? He makes another valid point too;
The implications of our obstacle are theoretical – they exist in the past and the future. We live in the moment.
But its not easy. You must work at it until it becomes a habit and second nature.
And I focus on the past too when I review how I could have done something better or with more planning. But at least I am aware.
Now I am more mindful; even when I eat my food, I take my time and savor the tastes and even put down my fork. And I ask myself, “What can I do today to get me closer to my goals?” Even if its just filing documents, listing my tasks or making a call to a client, its something – but I am not worried as much about what may happen in the future. It’s a daily challenge – I have to work at it and I am not great at it yet – but I am up for it. And I quite like this challenge.
So what can you do to get yourself back to our present? You can meditate, go for a walk in the park or even get a dog. But I would also suggest essential oils. Believe it or not, I use a blend called Present Time and it works! I keep it beside my desk and apply it daily. It smells wonderful and helps me to stay in the moment. Seriously. I am not as distracted as before; I spend less time playing with the bright shiny objects around me and have more time for the business. The oils go to work fast because I apply them to my neck as well as diffusing them. And they are safe. Safe, secure and focused. Cool.
So, who’s with me on being present and focusing on the here and now? Grab the wheel, stay the course, and be here now. And watch your business flourish!
by Winnie Greer