Are you sabotaging your business success by not being in the moment? Having stumbled across the following quote from Jim Carrey it got me thinking that you (we) might be creating our own stress and overwhelm simply by not being in the moment.

If you aren't in the moment, you are either looking forward to uncertainty, or back to pain and regret.

How often have I written about the need to plan, shared different ways of planning and top tips for improved productivity? Many, many times and will continue to do so no doubt, however, back to Mr Carrey and his quote.

Looking forward into uncertaintyAre you sabotaging your business success?

I guess this is where our planning comes into play, a constant need to plan for the future. A means of achieving success in a way that is controlled, giving us a way of focusing our attention where it’s needed. Attempting to navigate days, weeks and months to where success lies. Hoping when life throws you a curve ball it can be negotiated or dealt with while not disturbing the pattern you have created for yourself.

Sounds tiring and stressful and while I am in no doubt planning is needed, is there a better way?

Back to pain and regret

The time and place spent reflecting on the past, as quoted by Jim it would sound not in a good way. Using the words pain and regret lead me to believe not in a learning way either but almost in anguish. A time to berate oneself for the failings, the opportunities missed and time wasted. With sadness as opposed to reflection with a view of learning and celebration.

The words themselves ‘pain and regret’ evoke emotions of sadness. Surely there is a better way?

In the moment

I couldn’t agree more with Jim on this and while planning and reflection are important and essential to your business, so is being in the moment. Stopping to be, enjoying the moment that is or where you are now and should be applied to both business and personal life.

Often you are too busy seeking the next break, trying to implement the newest system or chasing the next client. Never taking the time to stop and give thanks. A chance to be grateful for all that you've achieved and the journey so far.

By not giving yourself that time then surely you are left in a whirlwind of action and continuous movement. A body that fizzes and pops and yes on good days that feels amazing, you’re on fire and the world appears to be at your feet. Then on others, you feel exhausted, overwhelmed and unsure of your future.

When was the last time you stopped to take a walk or sat in a park with nothing more to do than be? Enjoying the moment with no agenda and no place to be?

It's time to STOP

For me, the moment is not only the one you find yourself in but that which is around you. By which I mean the latest client your working with, a project you’ve been involved – anything that is current or recent. Celebrating right now the wins and successes, learning from what has not worked as expected and seeing it as a learning opportunity (never looking back with regret).

I leave you with this quote by Tennessee Williams …

"Success is blocked by concentrating on it and planning for it… Success is shy – it won’t come out while you’re watching."

Stop planning and watching, instead enjoy the moment and give success the chance to find you.