I am all for living in the present moment. It is, after all, all that there really is.
But more and more I have come to believe in the necessity of having “faith” in the future. First of all, I don’t like the word faith, for its religious overtones. But it is the right word nonetheless. We need to believe that the future can, and will, be better.
Part of my value system is acceptance of reality, of what is, and of what you can’t change. But I also now that a firm faith in things improving, especially in dark times, is vital.
This ties into the way I approach my life and my coaching. I believe in focusing on the process. But you start with goals, then work out the steps and the process that will take you on the path to those goals and focus on that process.
But the goals are fundamental and you must believe that you can get there, or you won’t be invested in the process, and therefore you won’t be willing to put in the work.
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant” – Robert Louis Stevenson. I do love this quote. But when you plant the seeds, you must inherently have faith that they will grow into something.
Sometimes that faith is implicit.
Other times, when things are dark and there seems to no way out, that faith must be actively cultivated. It too becomes part of the process. Telling ourselves that things can and will be better. Visualizing that place and time when things have improved.
Plant those seeds too.