There are less than 90 days left in this decade and we are fully immersed in the 4th quarter. That means business planning retreats and goal setting meetings are in full swing at companies around the world. Forecasting, creating your future self, setting a five year vision, planning out your big projects for the next year, deciding where you want to go and who you want to be… all require future planning.
And yet, there is no past and there is no future. Only the moment we are in, right now. Quite the dichotomous conundrum.
So, how do you stay in the moment and still plan for the future?
I know this is definitely a question and concern for all the high achievers out there! If we don’t know where we’re going or how we’re going to get there, then what’s the point, right!? Well… go back and read my last couple of blogs – Human Being vs. Human Doing and Need Nothing and Enjoy Everything – and then hop back over here. Yes, there are still so many awesome experiences to have in life, it’s just understanding which part of you is doing them. First be, then do. Once you’ve starting on the being journey, the doing part is just a bonus! And yes, part of that doing means planning for the future.
Let’s not forget that your mind is your most powerful tool. There is nothing wrong with using the power of your mind, fully in the moment, fueled by consciousness, to make decisions, set goals, and create strategies and action items for how to get there. The problem lies when you are using your mind to escape the present moment or to hide from the truth of who you are.
Because my mission is to stay present in each moment so that I can raise the moment up and make it better for myself and those around me, it requires a lot of practice to be intentionally present. All. The. Time. Am I perfect? Far from it… but I meditate, I practice letting go, and I use various sign posts to bring me back to each moment so that I can serve. I am here to give, not to get. By keeping that thought front of mind, I am able to stay present and out of the ego. Here are a few practices you can try:
- The Doorway . Each time I walk through a doorway – into my office, into a new room in my house, out of the coffee shop – I remind myself that I am just a spiritual being have a temporary physical experience. I remind myself that I am here to serve. It is not about me and what I can get, but what I can give to those around me.
- The Phone. Every time I pick up the phone I say to myself – serve the moment. I get it. Sometimes the phone rings and you have a quick shot of energy (good or bad) depending on who’s name you see light up the screen. Take a deep breath. Say 3, 2, 1… relax. Feel your shoulders release and remember you are here to serve the moment – which means serving whoever is on the other end of that phone call.
- The Car. – Every time I pull into the parking lot at the office, I bring awareness to my body and how I want to approach the day, people, and moments in front of me. I am not here to get anything from anyone, but to be and to give. I remind myself I am here to serve.
Stress comes from two core feelings – fear and desire. Fear that you are going to get something that you don’t want. And desire for something that you don’t have. Those are prime examples of living in the future – worrying and thinking about what you want or don’t want to happen in order to escape from where you are now. The practices above bring awareness to the self to help stay grounded and in the moment. And let me stress that this is a practice – it is not a one and done activity – but something that you succeed at sometimes, fail at sometimes and just keep practicing.
Being in the moment and planning for the future are not mutually exclusive. When you sink into the present moment and approach each moment from the essence of who you are, then thinking and planning becomes a natural byproduct of expressing the self. That is a much more joyful and productive place to operate from, I think!
How are you approaching your 2020 business planning and goal setting? Which part of you is doing it? What do you need to let go of? Who do you need to become in order to give more?
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