Okay, I’ll admit it, I have a problem…a real problem. I tend to live in the future a little too much.
I’m sure you can relate right?
Do you often think a lot about tomorrow, next week, next month or next year? There’s nothing wrong with planning for the future because after all, it’s essential to success but if you’re not careful you can easily get stuck in a future that haven’t even arrived!
So here’s the challenge, how do you plan for tomorrow while fully living today? The answer is you must consciously commit to living in the present moment because it’s the only way to have clarity and keep from getting overwhelmed.
THIS MAY TAKE SOME TIME…
Living in the moment sounds easy, but it will take some effort until you get into the habit. With so much noise going on around us, it’s easy to get distracted by our obligations, fears, responsibilities, frustrations, and stress.
So here are three very simple but power habits you can immediately do to help gain present-moment thinking:
HABIT ONE: PRAYER & MEDITATION
The very point of prayer and meditation is to first give thanks for the present moment then live in it. Prayer/mediation slows us down so we can appreciate the blessings all around us. I would recommend a minimum of once a day intentionally connecting with your source and feeling the gratitude of the moment.
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Joshua 1:8 NIV
HABIT TWO: STOP FIGHTING YOUR PAST
We’ve all done some things that we would love to have a do over on. But guess what…you can’t undo whats done so the best thing to do is stop fighting the past and allowing it to haunt you.
Maybe you experienced a horrible divorce, bankruptcy, business failure, career setback, etc… and now you’re reluctant to get back up on the bull to take the ride. Well, the first thing you’ll need to do is separate your past from who you are today. Stop fighting those ghost because there’s nothing you can do to change the past.
HABIT THREE: ANTICIPATION INSTEAD OF APPREHENSION
I’ve helped a lot of people prepare for retirement over the years and the closer they got to their intended target they were taken over with emotions of being either very excited or very nervous. I’ve also seen many others with these same emotions but retirement was not their concern.
When it comes to your future I challenge you to lean towards the anticipation model. If God blesses you to open your eyes ten years from today then you will have arrived in the future. But the key is not to worry about how you will arrive. Our job is to prepare for the future while living in the now.
If we do this and add prayer with gratitude then our clarity and peace of mind will begin to take over. Live for today and expect that you will arrive where you are suppose to be and when you do you’ll be able to look back and connect the dots.
Check out this short video and afterwards I invite your comments and feedback.
Shawn Dorrough – The WealthShift Strategist
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