February 3, 2014 11:45 pm
I sat in on a “self help” seminar lately and I walked away from it with something very interesting that I would like to share with you.
The whole idea of “living in the now” and “success” as we see it are mutually exclusive. You see the term “success” for us almost always means a goal we are setting for ourselves in the future. It is something we are striving for.
In other words we say to ourselves, “I will be a success when I get my Black Belt or can doing a beautiful spinning back kick.” Or “I will be successful when I lose 15 lbs. or can lift X amount of weight” or “When I get that job I’ve always wanted”. Do you now see what I mean how you can’t possibly live in the now if you are always dissatisfied with what you have now and are looking to the future.
Now I’m not saying there is anything wrong with striving for the future. It is important to set goals for yourself and to work towards them, to constantly try to “improve” yourself. But if you do so at the cost of not enjoying where you are now then what’s the sense.
You see, I promise you that when you do reach your goal, you will only be satisfied for a brief moment and then you will look to set another goal. There lies the problem. If your goal was to be a Black Belt, you will now want to be a great Black Belt. You won’t want to lose to any Brown Belt. If your goal was to lose 15 lbs, you will then decide that you want to lose a little more, or now you want ripped abs. If your goal was to get a specific job, well then you will strive to have your boss’s position or make more money.
So all of you should realize that right now you are a success. You are striving to make yourself a better person every day. While doing so you are kind to others and help others. You take the time to take a deep breath and enjoy the beauty of nature around you.
Now you are living in the Now and you are a Success
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This post was written by Stan Beck