Be present!

1 year ago I graduated from college and accomplished the thing I wanted the most: freedom of time.

However, it didn’t result as exciting as I thought it’d be. Here’s my little story…

One year and a half before I finished college, I realized that the time was coming and I hadn’t materialized any of the dreams I had since a younger age; the biggest them of all being owning a business.

Why a business? Because I knew I was a pretty restless guy who wouldn’t be able to sit in an office 8 +  hours a day.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not lazy or irresponsible; in fact I pride myself on being uber-productive. The thing is I like to do stuff when I know I’m more efficient doing it; not when someone else tells me when to.

So through some courses, education, and research I was able to start a small e-commerce business. Yep, you guessed it right, MLG Imports.

And with 1 year and a half of time before I graduated and entered real life, I was able to grow my small business into a level in which I could live from it.

Jackpot!

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I wouldn’t go to a “9 to 5” job and could live with the thing I wanted the most: freedom of time.

 Well…The happiness lasted only 2 weeks.

Soon I realized the destination didn’t bring me any long lasting pleasure. I found myself asking THE question: now what?

 And as cheesy as it may sound, it then hit me:

Happiness is a journey, not a destination.

 It didn’t take me long to find the answer in meditation (I purchased the Headspace App) and to discover that:

The secret lies in being present, in being aware.

And life started to flourish again for me. I started to focus on 1 thing at a time and on the action itself, not the outcome.

In other words, I shifted my focus from things/events, to experiences/processes.

So why bother you with this little story? Because the message is simple, yet the outcome, enormous.

Yes, I believe “simple works” and “less is more” (in fact, it’s one of the values my small company is founded on), and believe me, it’s one of the keys to living life to its fullest.

Let’s do this, I’ll challenge you to a small task that will literally take you no more than 3 minutes each night and that will change your life forever.

On a piece of paper, before going to bed each day, write down 3 things you’re grateful for… Yep, that’s it, just 3. Pretty simple, isn’t it?

And watch life transform before your eyes.

Chances are you already were happy but weren’t focusing on it. Where attention goes, energy flows. 

Until next time…

Take care.

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