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Focusing On The Moment

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Karl W. Palachuk
June 16, 2010

We have discussed several aspects of “focusing” on your success.  Lots of books have been written on the concept of focusing on the moment, but I want to relay an incident that brought this point into focus for me recently. Brought clarity to focusing on the moment.

YogaI take Bikram-style yoga classes several times a week.  This is a special type of yoga consisting of 26 poses in a hot room (about 100 degrees).  Each class takes 90 minutes.

A few weeks ago I was in a 6 AM yoga class.  About half way through, the instructor said to me “I’d like to see a little more effort there, Karl.”

My first thought was, “Hey!  I got up in the middle of the night to be here for a 6 AM class!  I’ve done 45 minutes of strenuous exercise and I’m about to do another 45 minutes of strenuous exercise!  In a room that’s 100 degrees!  There are only four other people here!  I’ve already put out the effort.”

After a little reflection, of course, I had a different perspective.  All those things were true.  But, after all, I was there to exercise.  And I’d gotten up in the middle of the night to go to a 6 AM class in order to do myself some good.  So I actually had many reasons to put in a little extra effort at that moment.

The lesson is simple:  You have the ability at any moment–at every moment–to put out a little extra effort.  When you find yourself in a meeting you want to escape, or at a cocktail party you can’t handle, or performing a dreary task at your desk, that’s the moment to focus on your success.  You are in the situation:  Make the best of it.  Put out a little more effort.  Then move on to the next moment of your success.

In the same vein, you have the power, at every moment, to take a breath and consider whether your first reaction to a situation is the reaction you wish to exercise.  You experience your life one moment at a time.  Being aware of that, and experiencing it at a conscious level, will give you many more opportunities for success.

So, let’s see a little extra effort out there.

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