You ever catch yourself daydreaming or thinking about something that happened in the past? Or are you thinking about the future?

Most people do this on some level everyday.

When you you’re thinking about the past or the future, you’re not here–you’re not fully present and you’re not utilizing the power of now.

If you want to achieve success, happiness and live the life you want – start now by experiencing the present moment for the gift that it is. Here are some steps to get started:

1. Be With What’s Happening – Right Now

Very few of us utilize the power of this current moment. Both the past and the future are only a part of your thoughts and memories; they only exist in your mind and not in reality.

The only thing that really exists right now is the very present moment that you live in and from this present moment you can draw tremendous power; the kind of power that can change your life and allow you to achieve your goals.

When you begin working on being in the present moment with the intent of improving your life, you send a powerful message to your subconscious mind. You tell your subconscious that you are here now and ready to get to work to improve your life.

Your subconscious mind then begins working for you because your subconscious only understands the present moment your subconscious does not understand the future or the past your subconscious only lives in the now; it only exists in the present moment.

Focus on what is happening and what needs to be done right now. No more comparing or hoping for things to get better. Just deal with what is and what has to be done.

2. How You Can Live In The Now

If you’re ready to start living in the now and begin creating the life that you want, then take a look at your present situation and ask yourself these next questions:

  • Do you find yourself waiting for something to happen?
  • Are you waiting to get some more time? Make more money? Meet the right person?
  • Are you waiting for the right opportunity? Waiting is another game the mind plays because it doesn’t want to live in the present moment.

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then you’re focusing on anything but the present moment.

I know you can’t focus on the present moment or live in the now 24 hours a day. But start by doing this for a few minutes a day and then continue expanding the exercise everyday.

Here’s a suggestion. The next time you are driving or walking, pay attention only to what is happening around you. Listen to the sounds, observe the people. Don’t think about what you have to do or what happened yesterday or what might happen tomorrow or what might happen in five minutes.

3. Find Your Joy

We rush towards the future so fast that we miss the joys occurring right before us. Enjoy life. Do things differently. Act like a kid when you can–kids are the best teachers of learning to be present as that’s all they know.

If you have a passion for sports then start playing a sport you like. If you have a passion for cooking, make a meal or two over the next couple of days.

As you find joy in the small things in front of you, you’ll start attracting more positive situations into you life.

“As soon as you honor the present moment, all unhappiness and struggle dissolve, and life begins to flow with joy and ease. When you act out the present-moment awareness, whatever you do becomes imbued with a sense of quality, care, and love – even the most simple action.” –Eckhart Tolle

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