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Being present means fully experiencing and enjoying the present moment.   By being present in the moment, you are more committed, purposeful and deliberate about what’s most important to you.  By learning to be present, you are fully focused on what’s most important in that moment.

In this article I’m going to talk about the meaning of being present, the benefits of being present and share 6 tips to help you be present every day so you can create real transformation in your business and life.

Being present meaning

Being present means fully enjoying and experiencing the moment you are in.  By learning to be present in the moment, you are focused on the most important thing in front of you while everything else becomes unimportant.  Being present means life becomes more enjoyable and you experience it in full technicolour. Your focus on the present moment gives you clarity and helps you become intentional.

By learning to be present, you can mentally and emotionally focus on the most important things in your life in the present moment.  Being able to fully be present in the moment without getting distracted can transform your energy, focus and actions.

The value of being present 

Being present in the moment elevates physical, emotional and mental experiences.  When you become present you get to get create your future, rather than worrying about the past.

Learning to be present, gives you full power of focus and concentration on what you are doing, and who you are with, at one moment in time.  You become a better listener, a better problem solver, set better goals, work smarter and have the capability to clarify what’s most important to you.

When you are intentional and focused, you are even more aware and mindful about who and what you’re experiencing, which amplifies it’s importance.

The importance of being present in the moment

Being present is valuable for your life and career as it helps you create something bigger and better in the moment.  Learning to be more present helps you feel calmer, more creative, more productive and reduces stress.

Choosing what is most important in he present moment will clarify your thinking and help you do less and be present on the things that matter most.

When you become present in the moment everything becomes more enjoyable, you feel clearer and more confident and the quality of your relationships expands improves.

9 benefits of living in the moment include:

  1. Increased focus
  2. Better concentration
  3. Increased productivity
  4. Greater creativity
  5. Better problem solving skills
  6. Improved listening skills
  7. Better attention to detail
  8. Improved goal setting skills
  9. Improved ability to cope under pressure.

6 ways to practice being present 

Here are 6 ways to practice being present daily.

1. Focus on the one thing

It’s difficult to be present when your mind is cluttered or distracted.  Just try and focus instead of multi-tasking.  To be present focus on one thing in the present moment and give that task, project or person your full attention.

If your mind is distracted you won’t give your full attention to a conversation, to a project or to the things that are most important in the moment.

People spend so much time contemplating the past or thinking about the future that they forget to be present in the moment.  Concentrate on what is in front of you right now and give that your full attention.  When you realise the power of creating something now, in the present moment, and understand the difference it will make, you will choose to be present.

Decide on one thing or person to concentrate on right now and give it your full focus.  Read more about improving focus.

2. Appreciate what you have  

Gratitude and appreciation for what you have help you become present in the moment. Take a moment to write down everything that you are grateful for or have achieved in the last 30 days.  Then take 10-15 minutes to read through your list and acknowledge and appreciate what you have, and what you’ve done.

This gratitude mindset exercise will take your head out of the past and stop you focusing on the future.  it will allow you to think about and focus on the people, projects and things that are most important to you right now.  They will take on a deeper meaning and importance because you have taken the time to be fully focused on where you are right now.  Read more about practicing gratitude.

3. Create in the moment

The real opportunity for you is not out there in the future. It’s right here. Right now. You can create bigger and better goals and experiences in your life by being fully there in the moment and making a choice to focus on what’s most important to you.

The best way to do this is to simply slow down.  Look at what you have in front of you and give yourself the time to really understand what opportunities currently exist for you.

Take a moment to create new, exiting goals for the next 30 days or 90 days,  Look at the things that are important to you that you want to do more of.  Cut out the things in your life that don’t serve you any more.  Read more about goal setting.

4. Start being intentional

Being intentional helps you stay grounded and focused in the moment.  If you want to improve your ability to be fully focused in the moment, start by improving your intentionality.

In our personal life and in every area of business, one of the most desirable capabilities is to be fully where you are, and to give your full focus and attention to whomever you’re with or to whatever you’re working on.

It’s easy to get distracted and feel overwhelmed.  It’s easy to be pulled back into the past or gaze into the future when things are difficult.  But this moment is where the power is.

Being intentional about where to invest your time and energy helps you become fully focused in the moment.

When you’re actually focused on where you are right now,  your creativity and productivity grows.  Your relationships improve and you feel more excited and energised.

5. Become a better listener

Have you had the experience of a conversation where the other person isn’t fully focused and listening to what you’re saying?  Doesn’t feel great does it?  Learning to be present in the moment will make you a better listener.

Being a better listener will benefit your personal life and professional life.  When you’re fully there in the moment, you will start to listen hard to the other person.  You will appreciate the other person and will create new insights.  The other person will appreciate being listened to and your relationship will strengthen and grow.

6. Stay in the present moment  

Being present in the moment can be difficult.  Many people spend much of their day ruminating on the past or thinking about the future, instead of being there in the moment.

Memories of uncomfortable or negative situations from the past can stop any chance of capturing opportunities in this moment or making forward movement.

Many people are stuck in the future, consumed by thoughts of what could be, rather than what they can create.

They waste hours and days contemplating, visualising and thinking about the future, without taking productive action on making that future a reality.

Create your future right now, by focusing on what you can create.

Summing Up 

Sometimes you just need to start being present in the moment.

If you slow down and give yourself more time to really think and analyse opportunities the biggest ones are in front of you rather than constantly chasing something new.

Being fully focused in the moment is often where the biggest opportunities are. Stay out of constantly thinking about the future and look at what’s in front of you.  Look at what you can change and transform in this moment.

Now I’d love to hear from you.

What’s your best tip for being present in the moment?

How do you become more intentional?

Let me know in the comments.

Further reading 

6 ways to be intentional every day

How to be a good listener: 8 powerful tips 

About the Author

Mark Pettit is a small business coach to business owners who want to simplify their time, energy and focus so they can multiply their freedom, impact and results.

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