It is said that we spend 85 percent of our time thinking about the past or the future leaving only 15 percent to think in the present. Yes, you read that right 85 percent of our time is spent focused on things we cannot control.
1. What’s already happened that we can’t do over, and
2. The unknown of what is to come.
I want you to let that sink in for a minute. Once you’ve thought about it, ask yourself what does it mean to you and how is that truth affecting your life?
I mean, it’s no wonder we always say we don’t have time to get things done. How can we, if we’re constantly focused on everything but what we need to be doing in this very moment.
If you’ve ever taken a yoga or meditation class I am sure you are familiar with the teacher guiding you through the idea of letting go of any outside baggage so that you can become fully present for the amount of time your practice requires. This is typically orchestrated by a cycle of several deep breaths or sitting completely still connecting to your mat for a few moments. Similarly, as a Coach, I too begin every session with a clearing exercise. Usually a breathing cycle or verbal acknowledgement of anything weighing you down or holding you back from being present during our time of work and discovery. Because I know how very real and impactful the 85% is, I try to create as much awareness around pushing through on the 15% as I possibly can.
Seriously imagine what a difference it would make in your life if you showed up to each and every moment with the intention of doing everything necessary for the here and now. Letting go of what may have just happened and without worry of what is to come. The past is the past, and while it surely has provided as a platform and vehicle for you to get where you are today, it certainly shouldn’t be the sole indicator for where you will go in the future. Living in the present and ultimately showing up your best self in all you do, as a result, should. Therefore, regardless of whether the outcome of your actions are seen as positive or negative, they can be valued as success.
I can’t begin to count the number times I find myself making choices or decisions based off of what I think to be true instead of what I know to be true. It's difficult to let go of things and I get that. The feeling that our past is the only thing we know and all we have to hold on to. This is where we have to ask ourselves if that in fact, is entirely true. It may be what we know but it isn't all that is there.
Therefore, this week I challenge you to be present. Showing up to life every day in the fullest way possible. Take the idea of clearing and use it to your benefit. Playing around with several different techniques until you find what helps to ground you and put you in touch with being present the best. You may find that it has nothing to do with breathing or verbal acknowledgement. Perhaps it’s another physical act such as washing or cleansing your hands in between tasks, counting to a specific number, or a combination of all of these things. There’s no right or wrong technique the goal is to simply find what works for you and build a sustainable practice around it.
It’s nearly impossible to flip the script becoming present 85% of the time immediately, if at all, but with time, cognizant efforts, and positive energy you will start to see changes in how your show up not only for yourself but also those around you, creating the future you’ve always wanted.
So don’t hesitate and start clearing today.
“The power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment: You create a good future by creating a good present.”- Eckhart Tolle