May 31, 2023
The Power of Now What: Embracing Uncertainty and Taking Intentional Action in an Ever-Changing World
In our recent episode of our “Everyday Millionaire – Mindset Matters” podcast, Steffany and I engaged in a thought-provoking discussion on the concept of “The Power of Now What.” The idea originated with Steffany, and over the years she has shared the significance of exploring and embracing uncertainty, living in the present moment, and taking intentional action. In this article, my intention is to delve deeper into the insights we shared on the show, providing you, with some actionable or at least meaningful food for thought that you can apply in your life.
Today, if you are like many there is a good chance you’re tired of having moments of feeling stuck in the past or being anxious and worrying about the future. Do you ever become aware of your self-talk and hear yourself wishing and hoping for a sense of peace, contentment even joy in the present moment? If you do, then it’s time to discover the power of “now what?”
Here is where we can begin to explore how the context for living in the present moment can transform your life. I’ll provide some tips and steps for how to embrace this powerful mindset. So, let’s dive into why “now what” is not just a question but a way of being!
Stop and take a moment to ask yourself: What are you doing right now? Are you fully present, aware of your surroundings, and engaged in the present moment? Or are you lost in thoughts about the past or worries about the future? The truth is, we often get caught up in our own minds and forget to take moments to bring our awareness to living in the now. What if I told you that there’s power in embracing the present moment? Let’s explore why living in the now can be a key to unlocking your full potential, to being your greatest self and living your best life. Bring your attention to your breath, take a couple of deep breaths, clear your mind, and let’s dive into “The Power Of Now What?”
The concept of being present and living in the now has become increasingly popular in recent years. It’s a topic that has been explored by many authors, speakers, and thought leaders. One such book is The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. This book talks about how we can find inner peace and happiness by focusing on the present moment.
But what does it really mean to be present? How do we apply this concept to our everyday lives? That’s where Steffany’s philosophy, The Power of Now What?, comes into play. This way of thinking encourages us to act based on the present moment rather than dwelling on past regrets or worrying about future uncertainties.
So how can you use these concepts in your daily life? It starts with taking a step back from busy schedules and allowing yourself to simply “be” in the present moment. From there, you can focus on gratitude for what you have right now rather than constantly searching for and seeing the gaps and striving for more. Take a moment in time, now, to acknowledge what you have. In this moment there is no future and no past. In this moment you have no problems, the drama of later today, the issues of tomorrow don’t exist.
By practicing mindfulness and embracing the power of now, we can improve our mental health, reduce stress levels, and live a more fulfilling life overall. The power of now what is about acknowledging that life is still happening even as we practice mindfulness, or stoic philosophies and being in the ‘now what’. There are very real external factors such as fear and uncertainty, that exist alongside our present moment awareness, and so does joy, happiness, amazing relationships, a win, a gain, a smile.
In today’s world, where there’s economic uncertainty, polarizing issues, and divisive opinions, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and paralyzed by decision-making and the seemingly constant wondering what to do next. We may find ourselves hesitant to make choices because we don’t have all the answers we would like or are unsure of the future outcomes. However, in the power of now what, we can find solace in accepting that it’s also okay to say, “I don’t know.” By embracing the uncertainty and being authentic about our lack of certainty, we create space for new knowledge, resources, and opportunities to emerge.
Instead of looking for advice or opinions, we can ask for someone’s perspective and their view of circumstances. By seeking out the perspectives of others, especially those we respect or admire, we can gain valuable insights that help us make informed decisions. Rather than relying solely on the circular conversation in our minds or external ‘advice’, asking for perspectives allows us to tap into different viewpoints and consider new possibilities.
As Wayne Dyers famous quote says…when we change the way we look at things the things we look at change.
For example, let’s say you’re facing a career dilemma and you’re unsure about the best path to take. Instead of seeking advice on what you should do, you could approach someone you admire in your field and ask them about their perspective on decision-making in the current professional landscape. By doing so, you open yourself up to different ways of thinking and potentially uncover new ideas or strategies that you may not have considered before.
The key here is to approach the conversation with curiosity and a willingness to learn. Rather than expecting a definitive answer or solution, you’re seeking insights that can broaden your understanding and help you make a more informed decision based on your unique circumstances.
By embracing the power of now what, and actively seeking out different perspectives, you empower yourself to make choices that align with your values and goals. It’s important to remember that everyone’s journey is different, and what works for someone else may not necessarily be the right path for you. However, by gaining a range of perspectives, you can gather information, consider different possibilities, and ultimately make decisions that feel authentic and aligned with your own vision for the future.
In conclusion, the power of now what encourages us to move beyond seeking advice or opinions and instead embrace the value of different perspectives. By engaging in conversations with others, we can gain insights, broaden our understanding, and make more informed decisions in the present moment. So, next time you find yourself at a crossroads, remember to ask for perspectives and be open to the wisdom that can be found in the diverse experiences of others. Embrace the power of now what and empower yourself to navigate life’s uncertainties with intention and clarity.