Focus in present time. Be in the now. This moment is the
only one that matters. Do any of these statements sound
Almost all of you have either heard or read them before
because the concept of “present time” is always one of the
most important keys to performing and being your best.
Being in the present moment is one of the most difficult
things to do for a lot of us. Why? Because the mind swings
back and forth like a pendulum taking us on a wild ride
preventing us from focusing on the present moment.
Even as you read these words ask yourself where your
attention is. Are you focused on this word and now on this
word? How many different places has your mind traveled while
you’re reading this paragraph?
The 3 Things Always in Present Time
Many clients struggle to not only experience present time
focus but also to stay there! Our minds simply do not want
to stay there and it usually takes a lot of practice to keep
the mind focused in present time. However, there may be a
better way than constantly fighting with your own mind to
“stay put”, like a disobedient dog.
I teach my clients to bypass the mind because there are only
three things that are always in present time. Clearly, the
mind is not one of them. If you think the mind is in present
time, check in with yourself again and notice where your
mind has gone while reading this paragraph. What trip did it
take you on this time… did it take you to a past memory or
propel you to the what you need to do in the future… or
One of the best ways to bring your attention back to this
very moment is to focus on one of the 3 following avenues:
1. The Body
Your body cannot exist anywhere but in this moment. Go
ahead; right now try to make your body be in the past or the
future. You can’t.
When you focus on some aspect of your body it will
immediately bring your attention back to the present time
because your body is already in present time. Locate a
specific spot like your belly button, the center of your
forehead or your feet as they rest on the floor or step down
2. The Breath
Just like the body, the breath can only exist in this
moment. Try to breathe 10 minutes ago. Try to breathe one
hour from now. You simply cannot do that. The breath is
always taking place right here and right now.
When you focus on your breath you are immediately brought
back to this moment in time. It doesn’t matter whether you
breathe well or poorly; if you focus on it you are in the
3. The Emotions
How do you feel right now? Can you name it? Are you
confident, sad, frustrated, joyful, hurt, angry,
disappointed, eager, interested, happy or optimistic? If you
answered my question you just successfully brought yourself
back to the present moment with little effort.
Your emotions always exist in present time because you
cannot feel something yesterday or tomorrow. You can only
feel how you feel right now. The moment you check in with
your feelings you will be immediately focused in the moment
If you want to be in present time more often, bypass your
mind and focus on the body, the breath or the emotion. If
you do this you just might find that your mind tags along
for the ride!
by David Breslow