Living in the Future

by Crystal on July 11, 2009

This entry is part 3 of 8 in the series Recommended

What makes someone successful?

If you’re like me, you’ve read “Think and Grow Rich“, The keys of successRich Dad Poor Dad” and just about everything else you can find to try to discover that single secret that takes you off that endless treadmill of trying.  I’ve been reading for well over 20 years now, and although I’ve reached a certain level of success (a lot of people would probably be very happy where I am right now) I haven’t quite got to where I want to be.   I’ve chased down everything I could on the Law of Attraction, Internet Marketing, Mindset Manuals, Paraliminals, Hypnosis tracks, Brainwave Entrainment, EFT – you name it I’ve probably tried it in the course of my quest, but I still felt like I was seeking something.

Part of the answer came to me a few weeks back, when I wrote the post on Valuing Your Inner Wisdom, but another clue came from watching a video of two of my favourite people, David Wolfe and Frank Kern.  As I watched them kidding around, taking themselves lightly but totally enjoying themselves, it occurred to me that they were both living in the here and now.  Neither of them was thinking about later, tomorrow, or retirement.  They were just there. In the moment.

Funnily enough, when the reflex thought came up that they didn’t have to be thinking about the future – they’re both very successful now – I wondered.  Is this one of those horse and cart things?  Maybe it’s not that they don’t think about the future because they have success now.  Maybe they have success now because they haven’t mentally created their success off in the future – and spend all their mental energy trying to live there.  Like I’ve been doing.  Online, anyway.  (At work I’m very successful, and yes, that’s in the present – and it does keep on feeding off itself and growing to more success.)  This feels like one of those “Ah-ha moments” again.

It fits with why gratitude is so powerful.  It brings you back to what success you have in the moment.

It fits with the law of attraction.  They created their success in the present, not in the future.

It fits with why “opportunity-seeking” is so seductive – it makes future promises.  Once we’ve taken action to create that possible future (by buying) and it’s up to us to take those scary steps to bring ‘future’ into ‘now’, it’s all too easy to be seduced along another future path – because we don’t want to live in the here and now.  We’re not satisfied with it.  It doesn’t live up to our hopes and dreams, and taking steps to make it happen means taking a chance that we could close the door to that wonderful future, if it goes wrong.  Isn’t it much easier to keep living in your thoughts, and in your dreams, and keep chasing the rainbow?

Here’s what I’m going to do, and I invite you to join me.  For the next week, in the time I have outside work, I’m going to focus on how successful I already AM.  From that point, I’ll be finding some way to express that gratitude, and give back to others, help others on their journey as I’ve been lucky enough to be helped.  Each and every day I want to find someone I can help, and help them.

I figure by the end of the week I should at the very least FEEL more successful.  Even better, I should have shifted my success focus from the future to the here and now.  As an experiment, it’s going to be fun!

Anyone have something they need or want help with to start me off?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Crystal April 2, 2010 at 4:41 pm

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David Cain July 14, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Amen! Gratitude and staying in the moment are two mindsets I’ve come to value very much, but I slip out of them so easily. I’ll join you for the next week. I will focus on how far I’ve come, not how far I need to go still. I feel better already.


Crystal July 16, 2009 at 5:43 am

It never ceases to amaze me how good you feel when you do manage it. Glad you dropped by! 🙂


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