In this fast-paced world we live in we are constantly distracted. Whether it’s one of our 5 social media apps, or our friends inviting us for a beer. We must remind ourselves to stay focused on the task at hand and be present.
To live in the present is to be completely mindful at every second. To be mindful is to have all our senses fully aware at every moment, it’s a state.
As Paulo Coelho states in “The Alchemist” there is a universal language (the unspoken language) in which the universe will throw signs at you or “omens.” If noted and digested correctly these omens could be the key to making the decisions that will lead you through your personal journey as a true legend.
I recently attended the Next Gen Summit created by Justin Lafazan and Dylan Gambardella to connect with bright millennials and friends who are Thiel Fellows, Forbes 30 under 30 and Shark Tank Alumni.
Being around this group is nothing more than a humbling and inspiring bond where we all give 100% support to each other in any way. However, it’s easy to get distracted by how your friends are in a different stage of their startup compared to you.
Be mindful of your situation
It’s crucial to be mindful of your situation and realizing the stage you are in. Recognize that every startup begins with zero traction. That to get to where they are, they had to go through where you are now. They stuck with it through all the ups and downs.
That being said, you began executing your idea to make it a startup because after the idea came to you, the vision appeared. A vision where you saw the potential of the business and the remarkable detail to create.
The market doesn’t give a damn about you whining so after you have your initial vision, you should believe in it, put your head down and execute.
Focus on the most important tasks every single day and then move onto the next one.
TIP: Keeping a quote as a wallpaper or around the desk that could remind you of that vision or end goal could be a good way to keep your mind refreshed.
To be awake is one thing; to be present is another. The mind flows when you are present opening a source to where everything positive, creative, happy, beautiful, and loving in your life is going to flow from. That’s why meditation is the best tool to be present.
Some successful entrepreneurs that meditate are:
- Tim Ferriss (4 Hour Work Week)
- Russell Simmons (CEO Def Jam Records)
- Marc Benioff (Founder of Salesforce)
- Ric Rubin ( Co-Founder of Def Jam Records, Former President of Columbia Records)
- Oprah (Oprah Winfrey Network)
When you are focused on the present, time seems to go by in a flash.
When you laugh at a joke or become transfixed watching a game, or falling in love as you look in that person’s eyes, all of that is being present.
We’ve all been there even if you haven’t noticed it. This is one of the main reasons I’m writing this article because one of the best feelings is recognizing when these precious moments are happening, and embracing the whole process. To me, that is living.
Living in the present is a requirement in entrepreneurship because of all the decisions we as entrepreneurs have to make on a daily basis. We all have this voice inside, it’s just that sometimes we get too distracted by the noise outside that we don’t even realize it. Become the best person you can possibly be, and live up to your full potential by being fully present every second of your life.
I don’t want you to be thinking tomorrow about how much better yesterday could’ve been. Instead, be present.