“In my first book, The Practicing Mind, I wrote, ‘Everything in life worth achieving requires practice. In fact, life itself is nothing more than one long practice session, an endless effort of refining our motions.’ Here I would like to amend this quote to say that everything in life comes from practice. No matter how small or inconsequential we think it is, everything we do, from brushing our teeth to getting through a scary job interview, comes from practice, the deliberate repetition of an action with an awareness of what we want to achieve.
Learning to center your attention on the process of what you are doing instead of what you are trying to achieve, using the goal as a rudder instead of as a reminder of what is left to be done, learning to work without judging your process: these are all simple shifts in perspective that completely transform the experience of going through your day.
This is the state of being fully engaged, the topic of the book you hold in your hands. We are only here in the now doing just what we are doing. We are absorbed in the process of what we are doing, not contemplating the future or the past and not judging how well or how poorly we are doing. As long as we are working at that, we are successful. This is the type of subtle shift in perspective that I will discuss in Fully Engaged because it spells the difference between feeling successful and inspired and feeling like a failure.”
~ Thomas M. Sterner from Fully Engaged
Thomas Sterner wrote the great book The Practicing Mind (see Notes).
This is a follow-up practical guide to applying the concepts in that book to our daily lives. It’s a great little book packed with wisdom and zero fluff. (Get a copy here.)
Having the ability to do be fully (!) engaged in this moment is the ultimate super power.
I’m excited to share some of my favorite Ideas on how we can go about cultivating that present moment focus so let’s jump straight in!
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