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Unlocking Success: The Power of Being Present

By Rob

January 15, 2024

being present, mindfulness, success

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Are you constantly caught up in the whirlwind of life, feeling like you’re just going through the motions? Do you yearn for success, but find yourself struggling to make progress towards your goals? The key to unlocking success lies in a simple yet profound concept: being present. As the 10th-century scholar Tilopa wisely said, “Be aware of what is happening, and you will naturally become more present.”

The Power of Being Present

Being present means fully engaging with the present moment, rather than dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. It is about cultivating a state of mindfulness, where your attention is focused on the here and now. When you are present, you are able to fully experience and appreciate life, make better decisions, and tap into your inner potential.

Connecting with Your Aspirations

Being present is not just about finding inner peace; it is also a powerful tool for achieving your aspirations. By being fully present in your pursuit of success, you are able to align your actions with your goals and make the most of every opportunity that comes your way. When you are present, you are more likely to notice and seize the chances that can propel you towards your dreams.

The Problem of Distraction

One of the biggest challenges in today’s fast-paced world is the constant bombardment of distractions. From social media notifications to never-ending to-do lists, it’s easy to get caught up in the chaos and lose sight of what truly matters. This is where the practice of being present becomes even more crucial.

The 5 Steps to Success through Being Present

Step 1: Cultivate Mindfulness

The first step towards being present is to cultivate mindfulness. This involves becoming aware of your thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations in the present moment, without judgment. Mindfulness meditation is a powerful tool that can help you develop this skill. Research has shown that regular mindfulness practice can improve focus, reduce stress, and enhance overall well-being.

Step 2: Set Clear Intentions

In order to harness the power of being present, it is important to have clear intentions. When you know what you want to achieve, you can direct your energy and attention towards those specific areas. Take the time to set clear intentions for what you want to achieve, the action you want to take to achieve it, how you want to feel during the process, and what energy you want to bring with you. This intentional clarity will guide you in making decisions and taking aligned actions.

Step 3: Practice Single-Tasking

In today’s multitasking culture, it’s easy to fall into the trap of trying to do too many things at once. However, research has shown that multitasking actually decreases productivity and increases stress levels. Instead, practice single-tasking by focusing on one task at a time. Give it your full attention and immerse yourself in the present moment. You’ll be amazed at how much more you can accomplish with this approach.

Step 4: Embrace Imperfection

Being present also means letting go of perfectionism and embracing imperfection. The fear of failure or making mistakes can hold you back from taking risks and pursuing your dreams. By accepting that imperfections are a natural part of the journey, you free yourself from unnecessary self-criticism and allow room for growth and learning.

Step 5: Practice Gratitude

Gratitude is a powerful practice that can shift your focus from what you lack to what you have. By cultivating a sense of gratitude for the present moment and the opportunities it brings, you open yourself up to abundance and positivity. Take a moment each day to reflect on what you are grateful for, and watch as your perspective shifts and success flows into your life.


Being present is not just a passing trend; it is a timeless principle that has the power to transform your life and unlock your full potential. By following the 5 steps to success through being present, you can align your actions with your aspirations, overcome distractions, and make the most of every moment. So, I challenge you today to embrace the power of being present and watch as success unfolds before your eyes.

Remember, as Tilopa wisely said, “Be aware of what is happening, and you will naturally become more present.”

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About the author

Hi, I’m Robert Louis Sims …A.K.A. Rob
I’ve been studying the psychology of achievement since 1989, when I picked up a copy of How to Sell Anything to Anybody by Joe Girard. Since then, I’ve been obsessed with learning the difference between people I have now come to call Intentional Achievers and everyone else.
If you’re looking to take your career, relationships, health, energy, productivity, influence, and life to the next level, then I invite you to join me on Achievement Made Simple.
My mission is to find the principles of achievement and share them with you in a simple way that makes them easy to understand and use in our everyday lives.

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