People who come into the CEO Warrior world are sometimes amazed at how much our team gets done every day.
Elite performers like Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Tony Robbins just seem to get so much more done than the average person. CEO Warrior knows that elite performers are more focused on the present and less hindered by past regrets and future anxiety. If you could be more fully present throughout the day, freed from past regrets and future anxiety, you would discover that it’s like having 28 hours in a day! We have some tips for helping you get more fully present.
Mindfulness: being more fully present
You are too concerned with what was and what will be. There’s a saying: Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift—that is why it is called the present. —Kung Fu Panda (2008)
Quick disclaimer: Mindfulness cannot really give you an extra four hours in your day, but it may feel that way when you’re living in the here and now rather than being worried about the future or consumed by the past. Andy Puddicombe from the Headspace meditation app defines mindfulness as “the ability to be present, to rest in the here and now, fully engaged with whatever we’re doing in the moment.” Here are three ways of becoming more mindful.
Meditation can help you be more fully present so you can take more action every day. Yes, meditation is something you generally practice quietly by yourself, but after you’ve been doing it for a while you discover how you’re able to be more calm, think more clearly and not be so overcome by emotions (like the past regret and future anxiety we mentioned earlier). Apps like Headspace and Calm make it fairly easy to try out meditation. If possible, try it for at least 10 days before deciding if it’s right for you.
“I’m thankful for …” At the beginning of your day, think of five people you’re grateful for and say so out loud with the reason for your gratitude. I know that may sound a bit weird, but try it and you might be surprised at how it will make you feel more grounded.
Deal with the past
The main reason why many business owners struggle to take more action in the present has to do with their past, not just regrets, but sometimes painful memories, guilt and shame.
If you’re not able to look at a past event, learn a life lesson from it and let go of it, you may find that counseling would be very helpful and could truly free up your mind. In fact, it may be the best for you to become more fully present and able to take massive action.
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