Mindset #7: The Time Is Now
By: Teresa Lewis
After a diligent search, I’ve confirmed that someday is not a day on any of my calendars. Yet, how often do we talk in terms of someday? I’ll make more time for my family … someday. I’ll devote more time to my prayer life … someday. I’ll start eating healthier … someday.
Someday is elusive and it’s never a tangible achievement. What if you were to start today? Research indicates that there are 7 Mindsets that matter to your fulfillment in life, and mindset #7 is “The Time is Now.” One of the main principles in this mindset is about taking inspired action.
Possessing a strong faith and having the right mindset are critical … so is action. Sometimes it’s hard to find the courage to keep moving forward; especially in the valleys when life seems overwhelming. Then, once we summon the courage, we might still be stuck because we don’t know how it will all work out. The fear of not knowing paralyzes us and prevents us from moving forward. How quickly we forget that God has a plan and it’s bigger than what we can comprehend.
Do you recall the excitement you felt as a kid when you got invited to a friend’s birthday party a full week away? You were so thrilled you wanted to flip the calendar and fast forward to the party. It was hard to be present in school when you were so focused on the fun ahead. As adults, I don’t think our challenge with being present is uncontained excitement about what’s ahead; our challenge is more likely letting go of yesterday’s disappointments and the worries of tomorrow. Let go, let God and trust in His plan.
Embracing “The Time is Now” mindset also encourages us to embrace each moment. All we truly have is right now, this moment. When you’re with your family, it’s about putting the cell phone down, closing the laptop and all other distractions to be present with them. When you’re at work, it’s about staying focused on the task at hand and not thinking about the household chores that await you.
Most of us have flawed thinking – counter mindsets that throw us off course. For instance, we’ve all heard, and maybe subscribed to, the saying ‘good things come to those who wait.’ We know that patience is a virtue; yet if we spend our lives waiting and never taking action, how much good are we doing? We are then like the lamp whose light is hidden (Luke 11:33). We are meant to let our light shine in this dark world. We must do what we can when we can with what we’ve got. We must do our part and leave the rest to God.
Since the time is now, here are two practical ideas to implement now:
- Be present all day today, with every conversation and every task.
- Take that next step you need to take. Every step creates momentum.
Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations …”
The 7 Mindsets are a culmination of a research project asking the question, what is it that the happiest, most successful people have in common? It is the way you think that leads to a life of happiness, success, fulfillment and meaning. Learn more at www.Facebook.com/TeresaInspires or www.TeresaInspires.com