“You can’t connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards, so you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in the future.” – Steve Jobs
We are all victims of not living in the present from time to time. We waste so much of our days stuck in the past holding grudges, blaming others or playing the victim. We waste so much time in the future riddled with anxiety from scenarios painted in our heads that most likely will never happen. The only time we are truly happy is when we are living in the present, the now, in the moment. Think of a moment in time when you felt the happiest, the most content and the most fulfilled. That moment in time was spent enjoying what you were seeing directly in front of you. You weren’t stuck in the past or the future, you were right there, taking it all in. You were living.
Our lives are only a tiny speck of time in the history of the universe. The universe is 13.7 billion years old and we may live out 100 of them if we are lucky. Yet, we live our lives believing that we will be around 13.7 billion years and waste our days accordingly. Be present by focusing on your talent and pursuing your passion every day of your life. This doesn’t mean you have to quit everything today and change, no, but today just be more mindful of the things that feed your soul. Create or change your habits to be a little more focused on your purpose in life. Tiny changes when done over time lead to life-changing results down the road. You may not know your purpose right now, or ever. But focus on what you think is your purpose and you will never go wrong as long as you are willing to change. This is what it means to follow your heart.
ACTIVITY – Write in your journal or if you don’t have one, a notepad of the last time you spent time doing something where time just flew by and you loved every minute of it. Write in detail how you felt, who you were with, what the weather was like, what room you were in. Be detailed. Preserve this moment in time because you may never get there again unless you try.
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Yves Doucet, CEO and Culture Coach Dovico
Blog co-author Jeff Nagle