Focus on the Process, on the Present // Thomas M Sterner

Focus on the Process, on the Present // Thomas M Sterner

“When you focus on the process, the desired product takes care of itself with fluid ease. When you focus on the product, you immediately begin to fight yourself and experience boredom, restlessness, frustration, and impatience with the process. The reason for this is not hard to understand. When you focus your mind on the present moment, on the process of what you are doing right now, you are always where you want to be and where you should be. All your energy goes into what you are doing. However, when you focus your mind on where you want  to end up, you are never where you are, and you exhaust your energy with unrelated thoughts instead of putting it into what you are doing.

In order to focus on the present, we must give up, at least temporarily, our attachment to our desired goal…..When you shift your goal from the product you are trying to achieve to the process of achieving it, a wonderful phenomenon occurs: all pressure drops away. This happens because, when your goal is to pay attention to only what you are doing right now, as long as you are doing just that, you are reaching your goal in each and every moment.”

Thomas M Sterner (“The Practicing Mind”)

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