To become a better person, one thing you’ll want to do is to focus on the present. In this article, we will talk about what it means to focus on the present, and the benefits this approach will bring.
What does it mean by “Focusing on the present”? We think it means the following:
Pay 100% Attention To What You Are Doing Now
Our conscious mind is set up to handle one task at a time. We may think some people can multitask because they seemingly can handle multiple things in their brain at the same time. What the researchers tell us, though, is that those people do not multitask; they are simply very good at switching from focusing on one thing to the next thing quickly.
What this means is that if you try to do multiple things all at the same time, you’ll end up not doing any of it well because our brain is not set up to consciously focus on more than one thing at a time. Therefore, to focus on the present means that we focus on only the task at hand, and nothing more.
Interestingly categorized as a fiction, The Present by Spencer Johnson is really a self-help book (audio CD also available) that communicated its principles through a parable. In short, what the book is teaching is that, to be successful and happy, one needs to do the following:
- Being in the present
- Plan for the future
- Learn from the past
My takeaways of these 3 points are as follows:
Today, LeBron James announced his decision to leave the Miami Heat and rejoin the Cleveland Cavaliers via an article in Sports Illustrated. Compared to 4 years ago, when LeBron announced on TV that he was going to Miami, and did it in a way that pretty much turned everyone outside of Miami against him, this time he made the announcement with class.
This announcement also exhibited the following positive qualities:
Being happy is something that everyone wants. What most people don’t realize, though, is that you alone determine your happiness. You may think that you live in a world where you have no control of all the unfortunate things that could happen. That is true. But how you react to these things is still up to you.
Recently I’ve been spending time immersing myself with the concept of “Thoughts Become Things.” This is the idea that if you desire a certain outcome, you’ll want to start visualizing it in your mind, and only after that will you be able to manifest your desired outcome. You may have heard of the saying, “Be careful what you wish for. You may actually get it!” This illustrates the power of “Thoughts Become Things.”