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The Power of Now


April 05, 20243 min read

We have today. The past is behind us and tomorrow will always be, well, tomorrow. Living in the Present, the Now, the Moment. If we can manage to live in the Now, then we see clearer so many threads in our lives - our own behavior reacting to situations, new opportunities, new paths. The "Now" is not logical but is driven by the wind of circumstances, situations, places. Life.

Here is a technique to live in "The Now".

Self-improvement and wellness are not just trends, they are lifestyles. For individuals navigating the turbulent waters of everyday life, finding grounding practices is essential. You might not always have the luxury of time, but carving out a small slice of your day to focus on positive personal growth can make a monumental difference. Incorporating the acronym GREAT into your daily routine can provide the structure you need to foster a more positive mindset and a healthier lifestyle. Learn how each letter in GREAT stands for a practice that can transform your life for the better.

G - Gratitude

Starting your day with a grateful heart sets a positive tone for the hours ahead. Gratitude can be expressed in various ways, from journaling to silently acknowledging good things in your life. It's about recognizing the positive despite the presence of challenges. Studies have shown that individuals who regularly practice gratitude experience higher levels of positive emotions, feel more alive, sleep better, express more compassion and kindness, and even have stronger immune systems. Taking a moment every morning to reflect on what you're thankful for can be a powerful tool for personal transformation.

R - Relaxation and Reflection

Moving on to a vital component of wellness, relaxation, and reflection encourages emotional regulation and mental clarity. Engaging in meditation or introspective practices can lead to reduced stress levels, improved concentration, and an overall sense of calm. Incorporating this practice, even if for a brief period, can ensure that your day starts on a centered note, ready to face any tasks or challenges without being overwhelmed.

E - Exercise and Energy

Staying physically active stimulates the body's natural mood-enhancing endorphins and pumps more oxygen to the brain. Even a short morning workout can leave you feeling energized, setting a proactive tone for the day. Whether it's a brisk walk, yoga session, or a quick bout of high-energy calisthenics, exercise has a significant impact on mental alertness and performance. Pairing physical activity with a thought of 'energy' can also invite a broader reflection on one's life directions and whether our actions are aligned with our objectives.

A - Affirmations and Ambitions

Using positive affirmations is a deceptively simple but powerful tool to reprogram your mind. By repeating positive statements about who you are or who you wish to become, you can build self-confidence and a more optimistic outlook. Aligning this practice with setting daily or long-term ambitions can help crystallize your goals. Regularly meditating on these aspirations not only shapes your day but guides the direction of your life, allowing you to live with more intent and purpose.

T - Time Management and Tactics

Lastly, time management is critical for making the most of your day. Do you start the day with a plan? Creating a strategic approach to manage your time can reduce stress and ensure productivity. Balancing out your daily schedule and prioritizing tasks can also guarantee you allocate time for personal development and self-care, factors that are often pushed aside in a busy lifestyle. Apply tactics like the Eisenhower Decision Matrix to identify what matter most and what can be dropped, leading to a more purposeful and fulfilling use of your time.

By incorporating the GREAT acronym into your life, you infuse each day with moments of quiet reflection, energy, and purpose. Remember, self-improvement is a personal and collaborative process. What might work best for you will be heavily influenced by your individual preferences and lifestyle. However, understanding the broad categories of practices like those within the GREAT framework is a reliable compass for the direction of your daily intentions. Start today and experience the transformative effects of saying 'I'm GREAT' every single day.

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Michael Mandaville

Michael is a writer, filmmaker and dedicated World War II historian who studies martial arts, action films and is learning more about VFX every single darn day. Oh and a Scholar Warrior

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