Enjoy this excerpt from our new book, Healthy Leadership.
One of our favorite poems says it best:
Yesterday is history,
Tomorrow is a mystery,
Today is a gift,
That’s why we call it the Present.
—Alice Morse Earle
There’s an adage in rock climbing called the “three-foot world” in which climbers focus not on the massive rock wall they’re attempting to climb, but the problems that are immediately in front of them. Once those are completed, they can move their attention to the next three-foot section of the wall.
This mindset has helped climbers reach the top of sheer cliffs, and it can help you live in the present. When faced with adversity, it is easy to get overwhelmed with everything you must do to get back to normal. This can quickly turn into worry, but worry is when your mind forecasts the future (typically inaccurately) and makes it feel like the present.
However, staying within your three-foot world—one day, one moment at a time—reduces stress and worry by enabling small, daily progress. This focus on the present allows a new normal to unfold versus trying to force your will to recreate what used to be normal.
Yielding to what you cannot control is often liberating. Focusing on what you can control is always empowering.
Sooner or later, we all face some form of adversity. When it hits you or your team, keep moving so you can create your own story of resilience and growth!