Some of us live in the past; we usually call that “baggage.” (Sorry, past dwellers.)
Some of us live in the future; we often label that “forward thinking.” (Don’t toot your horn just yet, “to-be”ers.)
But in between rewinding to memories of what’s already been, and racing into events that have yet to be, there’s where we exist now: the present.
Now, there’s a time and a place for all three branches of living – past, present, and future. And I’m not going to go all “A Christmas Carol” on you in this blog. But entrepreneurs are a notoriously driven bunch – mulling intensely over past actions before surging ahead into future plans.
So today, on the brink of a holiday weekend, I feel compelled to share a little bit of well-worn wisdom that we all lose track of at some point or another:
So simple. So essential.
A pause can be a vacation, a rare luxury for an entrepreneur, but it can also be as simple as sitting quietly for a few moments – mind parked in neutral – between activities. During those moments, you’re neither fretting over the previous activity, nor puzzling out the next.
You are simply existing.
If emptying your mind feels like a goliath undertaking, try focusing your attention on something instead – your thumb, an elbow, your breath… something completely innocuous.
You don’t need to be a yogi to work this technique. You just have to be human.
What’s the point? Well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle if it doesn’t give you a chance to catch your breath, stop frantic thoughts, stimulate mental clarity, and/or help you keep things in perspective.
A few moments. Really. Please try it, and let me know how it works for you.
“Don’t just do something — Sit there!” ~Anon.
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