January 25, 2017

Stressed Out? You’re 20% More Likely to Die Early

Money and work are the top two sources of significant stress in America. As a business owner, you’re probably like, “Yep, check, check.” We get it. We all have the future in our plans and regrets from our past, which cause us to worry and stress. But if we learn how to harness the power generated by the collision of the past and the future, we can use it to eliminate stress and manifest our dreams. So, here are 3 steps to harness the power of the present.

“Harnessing the power of the present means having your full awareness on the task at hand and having access to the possibilities, the opportunities, and the support that exists right now.” —Debbie Ford

Believe it or not, the present holds the potential to transform your life and your business. We’re talking about increasing efficiency, breaking bad habits, creating happiness, and reducing stress. Just to name a few critical benefits 😀

But for most of us, we spend much of our time thinking (and by that I mean worrying) about the past and the future, instead of living in the present. Ultimately, we are the cause of our own detrimental stress.

Stress Can Destroy Your Business

The truth is: your stress is impacting your physical and mental health.

If left untreated, the symptoms of stress will dramatically affect your business by destroying the environment, patient-relations, team affinity, production, and more. Even scarier, data from studies conducted by University researchers revealed that stress is as bad as secondhand smoke:

the physical effects of stress infographic

Source: Harvard Business School and Stanford University, University College London

So, the question really isn’t, “Are you stressed out?” Duh, you’re a business owner. The question is: Do you want to protect yourself and your business by reducing your stress?

Don’t Stress About the Past or the Future

Thinking about the future can inspire you, but on the flipside, it can trap you in fantasies and decrease your gratitude of what is tangible. Only what you do in the present moment has the power to influence the future. So relinquish your fantasies of the future and create what you want today.

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” —William Shakespeare

On the other hand, the past is history. It cannot be rewritten or changed, only perceived differently. Though, it can be used to inform us, more often than not, we trap ourselves in painful past events. But for what purpose? We can’t take it back. It no longer exists. So relinquish your obsession with the past and focus on what you can control; the present.

“One must always maintain one's connection to the past and yet ceaselessly pull away from it.” —Gaston Bachelard

The Power of the Present Can Eliminate Stress

It’s conscious effort that makes the present so powerful. It takes conscious effort to break bad habits, create new habits, and to impose change. Using conscious effort in the present moment gives you the power to will your future and accept your past. More so, it opens you up to the love, satisfaction, happiness, and peace that the moment brings. Only then can stress be truly eliminated.

“The past, the present and the future are really one: they are today.” —Harriet Beecher Stowe

How to Harness the Power of the Present to Reduce Stress

Learn how to co-create and manifest what you desire. Here are 3 practical steps you can start right now to awaken yourself to a whole new world of success and less stress:

Infographic-power-of-the-present

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