Stay in the Moment

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Whatever you are doing, stay focused on what it is.  As humans, we have a tendency to drift.  One thought will lead to another, and then to another, and the next thing you know, you are no longer focused on the present.  This is the time when accidents happen. 

People don’t forget what they are doing, it is just that the present task goes on autopilot.  You were cooking dinner or driving to work only now your mind has you thinking about what is on the radio, or the book you are writing, or the fight you had with your boss or a coworker.  And that is dangerous.

It does not matter what the mind is thinking, it is just not thinking of boiling water and a 400-degree oven, or the quarter-ton car that you are driving down the street.  Once your mind starts to drift, then you may no longer be in control, and fate takes over.  Be sure to keep focused on what is most important. 

Take the time to get quality rest and give yourself the appropriate time and place to concentrate on your thought where it is safe to do so.  Then, put those thoughts into a proper hold box in your mind until it is safe to bring them back out.  Do not let thoughts and ideas get in the way of your activities that require total concentration.

Clearing your mind and focusing takes work.  Meditation is part of it (not while driving.) So are setting times to calm down and think.  When you do so, use both your rational and emotional mind.  Be sure to use them in the appropriate measure.  And as always, everything you do should be done safely.

Thank you for being with me today.  I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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