Feeling overwhelmed, anxious, too busy, worried… Do you sometimes wish you could stop the bus and get off to catch your breath? Many people live like this every day. We live in an age of distraction and tend to suffer from busy-ness sickness. Yet one of life’s sharpest paradoxes is that your brightest future hinges on your ability to pay attention to the present. So let’s take Key Steps this week to ensure a bright future and…

Be mindful

1.Be in the moment. Instead of worrying about your check-up tomorrow while you have dinner with your family, focus on the here and now — the food, the company, the conversation. While driving, sing or hum along to your favourite CD. In other words, engage your senses and it will assist you to focus your attention on the present moment.

2.Eliminate counterproductive thinking and interruptions. It is critical that we teach ourselves how to focus. Stop thinking about what you’ll eat for dinner during a meeting or allowing yourself to be constantly interrupted while finishing your month end report – it drains you of energy, prevents you giving your best to the current moment and is known to cause heightened anxiety and high blood pressure. It might help you to focus on taking deep breaths and constantly bring your mind and body into the present moment. You don’t have to ‘stop the bus’ to breathe. Breathe right now and continue to practise focused breathing. As a society, we have developed a kind of cultural ADHD that promotes us having full minds (rather than being mindful) so it will take discipline and practise. But start today and before you know it, you’ll have taken enough Key Steps to remain in the present moment and…

“be the difference that makes the difference