Staying in the Moment

Updated: May 27

Everyone in their life at one time or another has not kept their thoughts in the moment. The mind loves to worry about the future. This can obviously be helpful in some cases as it forces us to prepare for success, but it can also be catastrophic.


Have you ever worried about something to such a level that it paralyzed you in your daily life? Then to top this off, sometimes your fears you exhausted yourself worrying about don’t even come true. Let me be the first to say that I do this a lot and for a very long time it caused my daily life to suffer because I was not staying in the present moment.


Here’s an example for you...


I’m fairly introverted. I don’t know if it’s because I’m an only child or what, but I enjoy doing my own thing. Whenever I have to put myself in a social situation I always have some nerves, but before I learned how to control this my life leading up to my perceived fear would suffer. I‘d remove myself from the present moment which would cause life to go by without me even noticing. I would be in a state of paralysis and while the fear may be different, I think everyone can relate to this concept.


This would happen repeatedly in my life and a lot of the time, the things I worried about wouldn’t even come true. I would think after the event, “That was stupid to worry about,” but I would continue to let my mind wander to the worst possible scenario in future instances. I had to learn to stay in the moment and I would do this by catching and redirecting my negative thoughts. My thoughts were just protecting me and I knew this, but I had to turn this survival mechanism down because it was a waste of energy to worry about something that may not even come to fruition. So to combat my nerves I would catch the thought and literally challenge it by saying I know you’re protecting me and I thank you for that, but I‘M GOOD!


This was definitely a process, but it has helped me a lot in my current daily life. If we don’t stay in the moment, we may miss something important that is actually happening instead of worrying about something that probably won’t happen. Challenge your mind to stay in the moment and I know it will help combat your perceived fear. Just worry about the next step and it’ll create a great journey!

How do you stay in the moment? I’d love to hear! Send me an email or reach out on social media.

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Tanner Kern is a 22 year content creator and endurance athlete from Connecticut. He is the host of The Tanner Kern Podcast and creator of "It's a Process: My Tips for Becoming the Best Version of Yourself."

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