Look At Your Watch: The Time is NOW!

“I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday, or some previous day.” ~ James Joyce

http://www.flickr.com/photos/alancleaver/2661425133/It is easy to talk about living fully in the present, but most people are unwilling or unable to actually do it. We get so caught up in the future, that we forget to enjoy the here and now. We think about upcoming work deadlines while on vacation. We worry about dessert instead of enjoying dinner. We allow the present moment to be wasted because we are mentally in another place, missing out on the beauty to be found in the here and now.

Don’t squander your present by allowing it to be smothered by guilt about the past or worries about the future. The “now” is all you will ever have, this moment, this second. Mentally drifting away from the now moves you from the present into the past or the future, and ironically uses up your present by focusing on times that already passed or times that may come. There are dangers of dwelling in the past, and worrying about the future will rob you of the peace of mind and real success you could be experiencing right now. If you practice truly living in the present moment, you can stubbornly refuse to allow past problems or future worries to define you.

Look around you. Everything you need is here, right now. The air you are breathing. The clothes you are wearing. Your mind and your senses to take in this information and transform yourself. You are taken care of. Breathe it in, accept this gift. Be grateful.

Once you are truly appreciating your present and taking responsibility for your part in creating it, you can then begin to create a picture of your future. Don’t worry about the future—that is not the answer. But picture the future you wish to experience, take actions aligned with that image while being content in your present circumstance. 

Remember to first be unattached and unencumbered by the past. Hanging on will hang you up.

Next, be content with what you have and who you are now, in the present. This is your reality.

Finally, be passionate and definite in your purpose as you move toward becoming your ideal self and living your ideal life. Don’t worry about what has happened before, and don’t worry about what could possibly happen in the future. Know what you want and who you want to be and live each day as that “you”.

Don’t label yourself, and don’t allow others to label you. You are not a label—the map is not the territory. You are so much more than words, adjectives, and descriptions. Labels will only serve to stifle and negate who you really are. Instead of living up to a label, become the very best version of yourself you can be, whatever that looks like.

As you bless and release your past and become content in your present, you are ready to confidently move into the future, a future you are creating moment by moment, with every decision and action you take. You are not your past, what you have done or been or how others have treated you. You are capable of incredible things—believe that now, in this moment. You have the power to become the person you want to be—don’t let anyone, especially yourself, tell you otherwise.

Everything that happened in your past is no longer here. It is finished. Think of your life as a play that has several different acts. You are the main character—do it boldly! And many other characters come into the play for maybe jhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/torley/3374923250/ust one scene or maybe several scenes. Their characters are vital to the overall play, or they would not have been written into the script. Some characters will treat you well, some will not, but the play is not about them. Let them say their lines and walk off the stage. The play is yours. You are the writer. You hold the pencil that writes the script, the future. What will your character become, experience, and achieve?

The decision is all yours.

TODAY: Reflect on your gift: the present. Enjoy your everyday moments. Make a promise to yourself to live fully in the moment, not wasting your precious life energy worry about the past you cannot change or the future that you are in the process of creating. What will come, will come. By actively and consciously living in the present, you can control and determine the future! Be grateful, intentional, and alive in this beautiful moment, and you will become much more efficient, effective, and at peace.

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