Many times, we find ourselves thinking about the past, which we can’t change, or the future, which we can’t know. Read on to find out why it is important to live in the present.
No one has ever gained anything by thinking about the past or the future. You only need to remember the lessons from the past and don’t repeat your past mistakes.
Overthinking about the future may lead to anxiety and other related problems.
How to live in the present.
In order to live in the present moment, just focus on the task at hand. Whatever you are doing at the present moment might be big or small, but you need to give 100% to it. This way you learn a lot. You will gain expertise if you do anything with full concentration.
Be surrounded with positive people. Distance yourself from people who are always complaining about the past or present. Your personality is greatly influenced by the people with whom you spend time with.
Why you should not think about the past.
Because there is no need. You can’t change the past. Constantly thinking about the past will only worsen your present situation. It will greatly affect your productivity, thinking, logic, etc.
Thinking about the past is of no use, but never forget the lessons that the past has taught you. Always keep in mind your past mistakes so you don’t repeat them again. If you are continuously living in the past, you might suffer from depression.
Here is a quote by a Chinese Philosopher-
If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present. – Lao Tzu
The above line very well explains the concept of living in the present.
Living in the future means that you might suffer from anxiety and other related problems. The best option is to let go everything and just BE in the present. Live in the present moment. Make the most out of it. This is not going to come back.
How not to live in the future.
Focus on the task at hand. Thinking too much about future leads to anxiety and other problems. Don’t focus too much on materialistic things. It’s not at all wrong to think about your dream car or an exotic vacation, but the problem arises when you start letting all these things control you.
Rather, have your goals clear and strive to fulfill them. All other things will come on their own if you focus on your goals and work hard.
Most people are prisoners, thinking only about the future or living in the past. They are not in the present, and the present is where everything begins. -Carlos Santana
It’s true that everything begins in the present. Past and future are simply non-existent. Don’t let the past and the future make you prisoners.
People who live in the past generally are afraid to compete in the present. I’ve got my faults, but living in the past is not one of them. There’s no future in it. -Sparky Anderson
As long as you are controlled by your past, you will not be able to give your best in the present.
Why over thinking about the future is useless.
You can’t predict the future. All you can do is to work hard in the present moment to make your future better.
Often we have an unknown fear about what is going to happen in the future and it leads to frustration and stress. The best way to save yourself from this is to spend your present in creating your future rather than thinking about it. You already have that power!
Problems arise when we try to control our future. We want our lives to be perfect and this leads to the problems.
Here is a quote telling the importance of the present moment.
Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life. -Eckhart Tolle