“By living deeply in the present moment we can understand the past better and we can prepare for a better future.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
Sayings that don’t make sense drive me crazy. This is one of those times that I went nuts trying to figure out what the heck Mindfulness Guru Thich Nhat Hanh means.
How do I live deeply? And why is this important to my career?
Well, to get off the crazy train, I searched for understanding and application. After all, this great wisdom (much like the others I gratefully share on Twitter) is at first blush so soothing and wise and, gee whiz, makes me wish I would’ve been the one who thought of it.
But beyond their calming effects, when they don’t immediately give me clues to the Universe or a path to take, I go bonkers. So I pause and reflect and take a moment to study my surroundings.
So here’s what I’ve learned as it applies to my (and your) career.
Living deeply means not being scattered, shallow, disengaged or ever on the periphery. Instead, it means pausing and letting go of everything around you other than what you want to focus on.
In other words, it means really getting in touch with ourselves at the moment. And that has huge career impact. Think about all that needs to be done and your overflowing inbox.
What could you do to make your approach more thoughtful?
How can you truly prioritize and not get caught up the busyness cycle?
What really matters here?
Are you on point to achieve your career goals?
Where are you spending your most valuable time and energy?
Living deeply in as many moments as possible is critical for career success. It’s a chance for reflection and redirection, reworking, rewiring and, most of all, re-motivating us to make the most of this moment and this day as we never know if we will have a tomorrow.
Sorry to be so deep. But this profound wisdom is basically a poetic way to say what Muhammad Ali was known for saying: “Don’t count the days, make the day count.”
So make the most of this moment and this life by living deeply and as a result you’ll grow your career.