Lately, I've noticed myself juggling three very interesting and exciting work projects. I've been feeling pulled by these cross purposes because when I am working on Project A, I'll get a call on Project B and shift my focus. Then, when I am thinking about Project B, something new turns up on Project C and so on, which leaves me not fulfilling completely on any of the three projects, a bit overwhelmed and definitely not present to the difference I’m making.
I want to change this cycle and start living in the present moment so I can be more effective with all three projects. I know we each experience this phenomenon at some point, so I am writing this blog to share how you can live in the present and be more effective in your commitments.
Several years ago, I attended a seminar with Dr. Gerald Jampolsky, a psychiatrist who specializes in work with terminally ill children. One of his basic principles for healing is the statement, "Now is the only time there ever is.” He emphasizes the importance of being present in the moment wherever you are, with whomever you are with, and keeping your focus on what is right in front of you. He listens to the dreams of children who are suffering. He encourages their creative thoughts and activities regardless of the stage of their illness. He is able to witness many magical moments, some of which include spontaneous healing. The children tell beautiful stories, write poems, do artwork, and find many other ways to express their feelings. Staying in the present helps them avoid the anxiety that stems from fear of an unknown future. It also prevents the feelings of guilt, anger, and sadness that sometimes can take over when we’re locked in the past with regret. When we live in the present, we are better able to accomplish our commitments. You can do this by:
- Remembering that you can say "No." Taking on too much makes success less likely in all areas.
- Making a decision about where to focus your energy. What project will you work on first? Determine the priority and timing for each commitment and start with highest priority things first.
- Committing time, resources, and attention to your chosen work. Plan your work and work your plan.
- Having a clear expectation of the desired outcome. Define the result you’re committed to producing for each commitment so you’ll know when you’ve achieved it – and others will, too!
Now, as I approach my work, I begin with feelings of gratitude to have these three dynamic work opportunities. Each project allows me to learn, grow, and give back to the universe the good that has flowed so abundantly to me. I also get to make a difference in the businesses and personal lives of my clients. When I shift my attention and focus completely to the work at hand, time is not a concern. I give what is needed in the moment. I decide how much I can do, the necessary tools, and the process that is most efficient for getting the desired result, and then I get it done.
I keep reminding myself that, "Now is the only time there ever is." To paraphrase from the movie Kung Fu Panda, “The past is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why we call it the present.”
What can you do to live fully in the present right now? Where is your focus? Post a reply to share how you stay focused on the present and fulfill on your chosen work.