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There is a strange aspect in our life in which majority of us either live in the past or spend our life in the future. We forget that the most important aspect is the present. As the famous quote says, ''Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift that is why it's called the present.''
Those who live in the past always use it as an excuse for the difficulties they face in the workplace or in their personal undertakings, or the tragedies that befall them. It is their way of justifying something that they would not admit or take responsibility for. If all of the past's bad memories were erased, things would turn out differently. The problems we face now are nothing but constraints set by our experiences. We should treat our past as a reference manual for us to make educated decisions at work and at home. We should not be ashamed of the mistakes we made. These are actually our guidelines in our journey ahead.
People who live in the future will never be able to enjoy the blessings of the present because they always put their life under certain conditions. For example, ''I will be happy when I get a promotion.'' They are robbing themselves of the present happiness and satisfaction as they constantly worry about where their career direction or life would take them. Why not focus on the present tasks and seek every opportunity to improve and excel?
The real power is in the existing moment which can liberate anyone from fears or wishful thinking. Live each day one step at a time. Appreciate every tiny moment. Treat each day as if it is your last. Strive to make or be the best in everything, from doing your office obligations to fulfilling your family responsibilities. Change your outlook and the whole universe will conspire with you. Nobody knows what tomorrow brings.
• Focus on the present so you can face the future with purpose
• Persons of strong character do not blame others for failures
• Accept life as it is now, not how you wish it would have been
Find out why you need to stop, think and then proceed to act
Source: Kamran Ahmed Siddiqui, Special to Jobs & Careers
The writer is Training Manager in a major Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Company