It’s always my goal to live in the moment, and it’s widely accepted that living in the moment makes for a more peaceful, less stressful life. But what does living in the moment even mean? Is this just some sort of new age mumbo jumbo?
It’s unrealistic to expect to live each day constantly mindful of the here and now, but it all starts with keeping things in perspective. I was chatting with a very wise uncle of mine who is also a savvy businessman the other week. I told him that despite how much I love working as a freelancer, there are some days when the stress and pressure starts to build to a point where I wonder if it’s what I should be doing. I start focusing too much on where I want to be and neglect what I need to be doing right now, a recipe for stress.
His advice was simple and brilliant: “Ask yourself if you can keep doing what you’re doing for one more day. Just one more day. If you can, then do it. A day is just a day. Simple. And then ask yourself again the next day. If the answer is ‘no,’ keep doing it, because sometimes you’ve just hit a wall. Don’t just give up. Building something great takes time and effort. But if the answer is ‘no’ too many days in a row, be it 30 or 365, then it’s time to reassess.”
Thinking about attaining a massive goal or project can be overwhelming. But all you have is right now – can you work towards it for one more day? Can you take a small step in the right direction towards your goal today?
Set big goals, but focus on today. Keep it simple, keep it in the moment. Move forward, one day at a time.
Song of the week: “There’s No Leaving Now” – Tallest Man On Earth