Most of the time, life doesn’t give us much time to stop and enjoy the view. At SuperGrad, we truly believe that unless you are present in life (and in our case, in the interview room), you will be missing out big time. It’s amazing that by simply changing your thinking in this way, you can get a richer experience of life, more success and more happiness. So why wouldn’t you? Below are 4 of the key benefits of living in the moment:
Put Your Focus Where It Counts
The reality is that you can only change the present moment. The past is gone and you can only affect the future by the actions you take in the present. You should therefore have all of your mental resources focused on delivering in the present moment.
Although we like to think we can multi-task, research has shown that this is a fallacy. If you are undertaking more than one task at any time you will never get as much as if you tackled them individually. This is what happens when you divert your attention from the present moment to either the past or the future. You will be underperforming at the only time you can actually make a difference.
Have A Richer Experience
Some people fear that by losing attachment to their past and future this will mean that they will become unemotional, almost inhuman. This couldn’t be further from the truth. By connecting strongly with the present moment (by letting go of your attachment to the past and future), you will actually begin to feel stronger emotions.
We’ve all been there. You’re out with your friends or family and you should be having fun, but you don’t feel joy because your mind is elsewhere. Perhaps you’re feeling guilty about something you did or didn’t do or are concerned that you haven’t found a job yet. If you can focus on the present moment fully then what you will actually find is that your experience of life will become a lot richer.
The ability to connect with the present moment also makes it a lot easier to connect with people and develop strong rapport.
Rapport is the bedrock of every relationship. And, in the business of recruitment and other sales roles, your ability to build relationship is everything. Being present means really being there and not with your mind elsewhere. Being fully present in a conversation leads to clearer communication and, ultimately, a stronger connection. Increasing your ability to build rapport and relationships naturally leads to an increase in your success in sales.
Be Happy – Avoid the Work Life Blur
You will also significantly increase your levels of happiness by living moment to moment, appreciating each day as it unfolds. This is something you can do without giving up on any of your long-term goals. You don’t have to choose between success and having a happy life.
Everyone has heard of getting a work life balance, but most recruiters and other sales professionals end up with a work life blur. When they are away from work they are thinking about work and when they are at work they are not solely focused on the task at hand. This is both exhausting and unproductive. It is far better to separate the two by living in the moment.
Right now you may be someone who spends time thinking and wishing that the past was different and worrying whether the future will go according to plan. This is totally understandable, it’s the way our mind has been taught to operate.
Let’s be clear: living in the now is purely a shift in the way you think. It won’t cost you a penny, you won’t have to do anything and there really are no downsides. So it really is a no brainer. So make the commitment now to keeping your attention to what you are doing in the moment and enjoy all the many benefits that this will bring!