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Being in the present moment – Monday Motivator 11 December 2017

“Life gives you plenty of time to do whatever you want to do if you stay in the present moment.”

Deepak Chopra

Hi lovely motivation seekers, hope you have had a great week and last weeks’  affirmation motivator helped in that.

This week I thought it was timely to be talking about being in the present moment, and found this great quote from Deepak Chopra.  It’s very relevant for us especially at this time of year.  There is the sense that there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done.  As Christmas approaches and the “to do” list seems to get longer, panic can set in.  When that happens, stress builds and life becomes most unpleasant.  That’s when we’re likely to snap at partners, get angry with our kids and feel victimised that we have so much to do and no help to do it.  I know, I have felt that way too!  Too many times and have certainly had too many Christmases feeling like that.  It’s worse for those in business as there are all the stresses around meeting clients’ deadlines too, not to mention meeting the cashflow issues associated with tax, GST and holiday pays all due at the same time.

All of the above can be helped by learning to be in the present moment.  The stresses caused by the stuff I have just mentioned are all due to looking forward and fearing the future.  Furthermore this can all be made worse by looking back at the past and beating yourself up for “always being like this.”  What is the answer?

Practise mindfulness!  Train yourself to be in the present moment.  Focus on the here and now and nothing else.  Give your undivided attention to whatever it is you are doing, without future fear or past worry.  This can apply to absolutely everything.  Driving, eating, gardening, walking, talking to others…….all can be done in a mindful way.

Start today.  Notice your surroundings, notice the sounds, sights, taste, touch and smells around you, whatever you are doing.  So often, we are so deep in our worrying thoughts and plans for what’s coming up, we can’t see what is in front of us.  When you wake up in the morning, lie there and listen.  Don’t do anything else, just listen.  When you have breakfast, take time to think about the food you are eating, think of where it came from, how it was made, how good it tastes, how nourishing it is.  Just eat mindfully, with no distractions, no reading emails at the same time or listening to music…..just one thing at a time.

Now, the business owners among you may be thinking, how is that going to help you meet your customers’ demands along with the tax department!  I’m not suggesting you don’t plan ahead – I’m a big fan of forward planning, especially being aware of your future cashflow requirements.  However, learning to live mindfully massively reduces stress, which helps you run your business more productively and efficiently.  You feel more in control and less worried….what’s not to like about that?  Make mindfulness your focus this week and see what a difference it can make.  What have you got to lose, just a whole heap of unnecessary worry and angst!

Have a brilliant week and get in touch email me if you want help with any of this or want to book a free, first coaching session that can set you on the way to a better life, business and relationships.