Focus on the “Now”

By Xiomar Escobar

Time flies. Summer’s over, fall has arrived and it’s going to be 2017 soon. When I have a ton to do and very little time, anxiety creeps up, doubts come, and I can feel my stress begin to rise.

Whenever I feel this way, I take a moment to reflect on the little things that have been accomplished this year, and a realization comes to mind. The wall that is my life’s work is built day by day and brick by brick. Some bricks are larger or stronger than others, but each day another brick is laid.

When I focus on the “Now” rather than on the past or the future, it’s not so overwhelming. The now brings happiness and such joy to life. There is something almost soothing about accomplishing a little something each and everyday.  It’s easy to focus so heavily on the path ahead that we don’t take time to notice the little stepping stones along the way.  These small steps may seem like little achievements to some, but it’s those small achievements made every single day that contribute to our overall success. Best of all, focusing on these small achievements lowers stress levels and escalates morale, helping bring out inner beauty.

This summer allowed me to enjoy more of the natural beauty California has to offer.  From beaches to amusement parks to county fairs, and food excursions to conventions. I’ve really had time to enjoy all the things that surround me every day.  But more importantly, every day I try to accomplish something meaningful. Even if it’s something small only noticed by the Karma Wheel in the sky, it makes my days fulfilled and drives me forward. For example, building relationships with the women in ABWA   (Verdugo Glen Chapter) has been a blessing. Not only because I have expanded my knowledge with the spotlighted speakers we get to learn and get inspired by every month, but by the smiles and welcoming spirits these women have.

Whether through online social networking or face-to-face contact, women are meeting, connecting,  and sharing in ways that men often shy away from. The result is lasting relationships that are the building blocks of future job placements, sales leads and partnerships. In an effort to personalize professional networking, women normally try to create connections or friendships.  In many cases this give-and-then-take style of networking builds long-lasting relationships.  Connecting with intention is what your “tribe” should look like while adding value to the relationship. Being a part of ABWA can help by building our businesses and our networks.  We are here to learn, reach out to each other as thought-partners and have more access to best practices within our industry and community.

As fall is here, I reflect on the upcoming season of warmth and celebration. Fall is a season of balancing light and dark, letting go, and accepting the impermanence of things. May autumn bring you hope, love, inspiration, and courage.

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