Wherever you are, be there.
~ Jim Rohn
I recently read an article about Arianna Huffington where the interviewer asked how she built her amazing professional network. The interviewer also noted that Ms. Huffington never seemed to get ruffled, no matter how the chaos swirls around her. In fact, she almost seems to be in an oasis of serenity.
As the questioner pressed Ms. Huffington for her secret, she explained it really wasn’t that difficult. She just made it a point to be 100% present in every conversation. That engagement with the other person accelerated their ability to connect at a deeper level of trust, which then brought greater access to Ms. Huffington to help build her business, The Huffington Post, which was purchased by AOL in 2011 for $135 million.
We can learn a lot from Mr. Huffington. Are you 100% present when you interact with others? Are you truly emotionally present throughout your day?
I found the following quote from Mr. Rohn that gives added insight into being emotionally present throughout the day:
“One of the major reasons why we fail to find happiness or to create unique lifestyle is because we have not yet mastered the art of being.
While we are home our thoughts are still absorbed with solving the challenges we face at the office. And when we are at the office we find ourselves worrying about problems at home.
We go through the day without really listening to what others are saying to us. We may be hearing the words, but we aren’t absorbing the message.
As we go through the day we find ourselves focusing on past experiences or future possibilities. We are so involved in yesterday and tomorrow that we never even notice that today is slipping by.
We go through the day rather than getting something from the day. We are everywhere at any given moment in time except living in that moment in time.
Lifestyle is learning to be wherever you are. It is developing a unique focus on the current moment, and drawing from it all of the substance and wealth of experience and emotions that it has to offer. Lifestyle is taking time to watch a sunset. Lifestyle is listening to silence. Lifestyle is capturing each moment so that it becomes a new part of what we are and of what we are in the process of becoming. Lifestyle is not something we do; it is something we experience. And until we learn to be there, we will never master the art of living well.”
I encourage you to master the art of living well. Engage in the moment. Be emotionally present in your interactions and throughout the day. Experience life anew.