Breathe in, breathe out; you’re entering into a space called “here.” In this space you can choose to do these three steps to define and refine what motivates you to realize the Now Effect.
- Find it. What are you dissatisfied with? Take a moment to really consider what brought you to this book. Be specific; this is important if you have the desire to change.
- List it. Create a detailed list of what motivates you. Notice that “I just want more money” is unlikely to be as meaningful as choosing something intrinsic, such as “I want to be more effective in dealing with stress.” Or maybe you want to experience more ease and peace or learn how to love yourself for the first time. Write out the list and come back to it often, as it will be a continuous source of motivation.
- Visualize it. Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” Take a few seconds to sit down and scan your body, letting any tension dissolve. Then visualize the areas of your life that are sources of stress or dissatisfaction. Now imagine what life would be like if you were able to notice the space before you react and meet your challenges with greater ease? See if you can feel the feelings that are present in this space. Take a moment with this.
- Commit to it. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said, “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.” Changing old habits can be difficult; that’s no secret. However, to realize the Now Effect, it’s important to make a commitment to engage in the practices consistently as you move through the book. The length or duration of practice is less important than doing them regularly. You can aspire to practice daily, but just take it one step at a time.
We all know that commitments can be broken, so what should you do if you break your commitment? Gently invite yourself back to the practice of being in the now. Self-blame is not going to move you closer to reengaging and experiencing the Now Effect. If it’s not possible to return to the practice right away, invite yourself to make a plan to practice soon.
Know that each time you engage in the practices in this book, you are sending the message internally that you care about yourself; this is powerful nutrition for both your mind and your body.