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Being present means giving focus to and concentrating on the present moment, rather than worrying about the past or the future.  You are focused on what you’re doing in the moment, without thinking about anything else.  One of the most important things you can do for the things and people that matter most is to be physically, emotionally and mentally present.  To be fully focused in the moment.  If you want to be present on the things that matter most to you right now, these tips will help you start being present every day.

Being present improves your focus and productivity, helping you remove distractions and interruptions so you are fully focused on what’s most important in that moment.

The power of being present 

Being present is about focusing on, and fully experiencing, the moment you are in.  When you are fully focused in the moment, everything else becomes unimportant.  Only the moment matters.  When you start being present life becomes more enjoyable and you experience it in full technicolour. This focus on the now gives you clarity and focus and expands the importance of things.

When you are fully focused in the moment you listen hard, and are emotionally and physically connected to what you are doing or experiencing at that time.

How to be present in the moment 

Being present in the moment, or the here and now, means you are always mindful of what is happening around you.  When you are present in the moment physically, emotionally and mentally your experiences allow you to create something bigger and better in the moment.

Being present in the moment gives you full power of focus and concentration to what you are doing.  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 aware and mindful about who and what you’re experiencing, which amplifies it’s importance.  When you are centred on the here and now, this moment, you are not distracted by the past or thinking about the future.  You are able to be fully focused on the present moment so it has all of your attention.

Be present in the moment to what you can create and change right now.

The value of being present

Being present is valuable for your life and career as it helps you create something bigger and better in the moment.  Rather than be distracted or overwhelmed, you feel calm, creative and productive. Instead of thinking about the past and the future, being present is about the now, this moment, and the experience you have.

If you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed or frustrated, the key is to simplify, to do less. Choosing what is most important will clarify your thinking and help you do less and be present on the things that matter most.

When you are focused in the moment, everything becomes more enjoyable, you feel clearer and more confident, the quality of your relationships expands, you feel less stress and you actually get this done.

The effects of being present

There are many benefits of being present in the moment.  9 benefits of being present are:

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

Being present helps you focus on what you can create right now, rather than having your mind wander to the past or the future.

How to be present 

Here are 6 simple tips to be present daily.

1. Focus on the one thing

It’s difficult to be present when your mind is cluttered or distracted.  Instead of multi-tasking, 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.

2. Appreciate 

Gratitude and appreciation for what you have help you become more 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 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 focus on them in the present moment.

3. Create 

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 present 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.

There are always new opportunities when you slow down and give yourself the time to just think and be present in the moment.

4. Be intentional

Being intentional helps you stay grounded and focused in the moment.  If you want to improve your ability to be present 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 the present moment is where the power is.

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

When you’re actually focused on being present, your creativity and productivity grows.  Your relationships improve and you feel more excited and energised.

5. Be 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 present 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 out of the past and the future   

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 present in the moment.

Memories of uncomfortable or negative situations from the past can stop any chance of capturing opportunities in the present 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.

Be present to what you can change and transform

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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