“Be here now.” Three short words that when linked together can create a powerful message. It’s been used as a book title and I’m sure as the title for many inspirational speeches.
I was at a conference a few months ago and the crowd was getting rather rowdy and off topic. The workshop leader told everyone to please pay attention to her and to “be here now!”
I think that phrase reminds us that we are often NOT in the moment but that staying in the moment over an extended period of time, free of distractions, is what we need to do to accomplish our goals.
It’s true that if we want to achieve our goals we’ll have to learn to apply “Be here now” in our daily lives.
Here’s how to apply it to your goals:
Rule #1. Concentrate on defining your objective.
What do you want to accomplish? What matters to you? Why do you want to achieve that particular goal?
Rule #2. Concentrate on one part of your goal at a time.
Break down your ultimate goal into smaller chunks. Keeping an eye on the big picture is great. However, you have to focus on the individual steps that will get you there.
Rule #3. Concentrate on controlling your situation. Here’s where the “be here now” resolve must be strongest.
When focusing on those individual steps, control your natural tendencies (we all have them) to drift away from the task at hand and/or stop trying if it becomes too challenging or takes too long.
Rule #4. Concentrate on completion.
To achieve any goal, you have to make a commitment to reach the finish line. Strengthen your resolve and keep yourself motivated by visualizing the end result. Think about how excited you’ll be and how great you’ll feel when you reap the rewards of your hard work.
If you’re already practiced in the “be here now” idea, then that’s great. I know for most of us, myself included, it’s a challenge so I thought I’d remind myself of this practice and remind you all as well, too.