Today many people start with high hopes, resolutions and goals. We look forward to a future we want to create – with less weight, more patience, more exercise, less procrastination. We believe the list of fewer “bad” and more “good” sets the foundation for future improvement.
Believe it or not, each of these aims are already achieved. When we live in the present moment, we choose not to eat a handful of Peanut M&Ms but only three or four. We choose to bundle up and go for a short walk. We choose to pick up one or two pieces of clutter and put or throw them away. Acting on these and other choices in the present moment, moment after moment, creates less weight, less clutter, more exercise, etc., etc.
Imagine, instead of making lofty goals for the future, allowing your choices in the moment to steer you toward your desired outcomes. Imagine feeling healthy, energetic, joyful, loving, contented, productive because of those choices…each moment. Imagine making what you consider making the wrong choice (10 M&Ms!) but being aware in the moment of that error and pledging to do better next time.
Imagine the outcome of making conscious choices consistently, time after time, even if you slip here and there. A cluttered office can be de-cluttered one piece of paper or item at a time. Losing 25 pounds doesn’t seem so unfeasible if you focus instead on fewer M&Ms and smaller portions, day after day, allowing yourself to chip away 2/10 of a pound each day with those actions.
I wish you all a safe and Happy New Day!