As a leader, it is very easy to get caught up thinking about the future. It is easy to ask questions like, “When is the next opportunity going to come? When is our product going to be a hit? When is the next big breakthrough going to happen? When will I get the next promotion? When is progress going to happen like I want it to?”
It is also easy to focus on the past. When thinking about your past it is easy to remember things better than they really were. Often people think about their “glory days” and reminisce as if they wish they could go back and stay in that time.
As you think about the future and reflect on the past, it is easy to lose sight of the present.
I heard a quote from Gordon B. Hinckley that explained the importance of living in the present. He said:
I don’t worry too much about the future, and I don’t worry very much about the past. The past is gone, and you can’t change it, you can’t correct it. The future, you can anticipate, but you can’t necessarily do very much about it. It is the present you have to deal with. Reach out for every good opportunity to do what you ought to do. (Hinckley)
Now lets take a deeper look at the quote. [Read more…] about Lead for Success in the Present