The Power of the Present Moment

How valuable is this very moment to you? Do you realize that this moment represents all of the possibilities that exist right now in the present and all of the possibilities and potential of the future?

How valuable is your time? Do you spend it wisely? Do you focus your time on the most important tasks and value-added activities? Or do you fritter your time away, aimlessly going from task to task, or activity to activity, accomplishing very little?

Have you ever determined how much your time is worth on an hourly basis? Try it. You may be surprised at the amount of time you waste doing things that someone else could do better – leaving you to concentrate on the things that you do best.

A time/value analysis definitely gives you a better appreciation for what it costs you to spend your time on low value activities. Conducting a time/value analysis is easy – just take the total amount of money that you earn during an average eight hour day and divide the total by eight. For example, if your time is valued at $100 per hour, why would you waste your time doing things that you can pay someone $8 per hour to do for you?

Think about this – everything that you will ever accomplish is determined by what you do in this present moment.

The idea behind the power of the present moment is that everything that you aspire to be, have, or do is based upon your actions right now, in this present moment.

Do you want to be a millionaire? What are you doing to make it a reality? Are you studying millionaires? Are you starting and running business enterprises? Are you investing? Are you creating valuable products or providing needed services? These are just a few ways that people are becoming millionaires today.

Are you using this present moment to achieve the outcomes that you desire?

What do you have to do differently in the next five minutes that will bring you the results that you want in the future?

  • Create a goal
  • Make a call
  • Follow-up on a request
  • Take action
  • Stop procrastinating
  • Write a letter
  • Make an appointment
  • Get organized
  • Save money
  • The present moment is powerful because if you think about time on its most basic level, you realize that every thing that is and everything that will be, is or will be created in the present moment.

    Everything you see is a result of someone taking a specific action resulting in something growing, something expanding, and something evolving.

    Every high achiever has mastered the present moment to organize their actions in such a way that great wealth and abundance manifested in their lives.

    How can you use this present moment to improve your life; to live your dreams; to walk into your limitless potential?

    The power of the present moment is the greatest asset you possess because it is the only asset that you can use to obtain any other type of asset including money, contacts, resources, etc.

    How you use your time is a major factor in what you accomplish in this lifetime. You can be, have, or do anything as long as you use your time wisely.

    So, what are you DOING with this PRESENT MOMENT?

    The power of the present moment affects your entire life. For example:

    Family Life

  • What if you can hug kids and you don’t?
  • What if you can spend time with your family and you don’t?
  • Love Life

  • What if you can say I love you to your spouse and you don’t?
  • What if you can ask a member of the opposite sex out for a date and you don’t?
  • Business Life

  • What if you can position your business for future success and you don’t?
  • Spiritual Life

  • What if you can develop your spiritual life and you don’t?
  • Health/Physical Life

  • What if you can workout on a weekly basis and you don’t?
  • What if you can eat right and you don’t?
  • Finally – what if you can learn from the lessons of your life and you don’t?

    This article is not meant to condemn you or to make you feel bad about actions that you did not take in the past. The purpose of this article is to help you understand that in every moment you have an opportunity to do something different. In every moment you have an opportunity to start over.

    You can start accomplishing your goals. You can start becoming a better person. You can start taking action on becoming the person you were meant to be. You can do this and much more… but, will you?

    Action: Decide what you want out of life and use the present moment to start moving towards your desires.

    Remember once you lose this moment you can never get it back – use each moment wisely.

    Presentation Skills – Beat the Fear and Enjoy Presenting!

    Presentation skills aren’t something that you’re born with. They are something that you can learn. After all, Barak Obama wasn’t born making speeches and Churchill started life with a voice impediment. Presenting can be something you enjoy! And, as we all know, if you enjoy something it usually makes you better at it. So rather than a vicious circle of nerves, fear and failure; by following a few simple techniques you can create a brilliant, friendly circle of fun,excellence and success. Presentation skills are simply the tools you need to enjoy yourself. you can learn a great deal by working with a trainer, but here are a few presentation skills tips to deal with some common concerns and get you feeling confident.

    1. Own the space – when a superstar enters, they own the room.If you arrive early get into the presentation room before your audience. Walk from front to back,walk round the edges. Have a look at the stage from the audience point of view. Make it yours. If you’re late and the crowd are waiting, do the same thing but with your eyes. Scan the presentation room; take in the details before you begin. Even if you feel nervous,you’ll start to make the space your own.

    2. Don’t hold your breath – simple as that really. When you are anxious,your breathing becomes shallower; this affects your voice and drains the confidence from your presenting. Place your hand on your tummy button and breathe down deep. If it’s mid presentation, take a drink, give the audience a question to discuss, and send your breath down low. Steady your ship.

    3. Relax your feet – another rapid fire remedy. The panic is rising, your voice is shaking and your hands are trembling. Stand still and relax your feet. Let go a little. Your feet are your foundation, let them take the weight. Trust us; it’ll make you feel better in a moment of panic.

    4. Softly, softly – no one likes being glared at. So win you audience by making soft, gentle eye contact with them all. Think scan the room, not stare them down. You’ll make new friends that way.

    5. You’re never alone- presenting is a two way communication. You don’t need to feel alone up there. Ask the audience a question to kick off, make it conversational, allow them to contribute and be happy not to know every answer.

    By using a few of these tips your presentations will be on a surer footing, and you will be on the path to developing excellent presentation skills.

    The Myth of I Do Better in the Actual Speech or Presentation Than I Do in Rehearsal

    For those who don’t like prep sessions, dry runs, murder boards, and mock interviews, here’s a bit of advice from the professionals who play on the biggest stages.

    I recently had a conversation with Franc D’Ambrosio, the actor/singer who was awarded the title of the “Worlds Longest Running Phantom” (Phantom of the Opera). Franc says that a great performance before the live, ticket-paying audience is in direct relationship to the rigor and effort put into practice and rehearsal. He’s even sounded this out with his peers in the sports world – gold medal winning Olympic athletes. Elite performers say that their practices have to be so rigorous and true-to-life that by the time they get into true competition, game or match, their performance is almost automatic. If you practice well, slight changes in a game or show won’t throw you off. To the contrary, if you haven’t rehearsed enough, little things can have a big negative impact on performance.

    D’Ambrosio’s comments track one of the central points in Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers. Gladwell cites research that it takes 10,000 hours of practice of constant repetition and coaching to get good at sports, playing musical instruments and countless other endeavors.

    I’m not sure why, but an increasing number of executives have been trying to avoid the serious rehearsals. We have heard reasons such as: “I’ve been through training before.” or “I’ll read through the material tonight before tomorrow’s pitch, (speech or interview).” or “Make sure that the newer presenters get rehearsed.” I’m not a psychologist, so I won’t analyze what’s behind all the reasons why business people don’t want to rehearse. Here are a few of the ways to avoid rehearsing” I’m too busy. There are other things more important to do today. I’ve done this a million times before. I don’t like to show any weakness to my staff that is in the rehearsal room. We haven’t finished the speech or the deck, so how can I practice if the content isn’t done. I’m already pretty good. I can just go with the answers in the FAQ document.

    The short answer to all of these reasons (excuses) is that to avoid the communicators disease of “woulda, coulda, shoulda” it’s imperative to invest the time in training, practice and rehearsal.

    Here are a few suggestions to maximize your rehearsal:
    • Place rehearsal time on the calendar. Once it’s on your schedule, it’s harder to take off.
    • If you don’t like a big crowd, rehearse in front of a smaller group.
    • Practice the toughest questions.
    • Work on both style and content.
    • Use video, even if it’s a “flip” type camera so you can watch yourself and make adjustments.
    • If you don’t like the performance or an answer, keep working at it until you get it right.

    Cliches are around for a reason. This one makes sense: Perfect practice makes perfect performance.