The Lao Tzu Experience
"If you are depressed, you are living in the past.
If you are anxious, you are living in the future.
If you are at peace, you are living in the present."
- Lao Tzu
Some of you may know who Lao Tzu is, some may not. I won't get deep into who he is all I can say is that he's a brilliant man full of life changing wisdom to share with the world.
It doesn't get any clearer than this. Lao Tzu really nailed it. Honestly, before reading this, I never truly understood the difference between anxiety and depression. The moment I read this, I realized what it is. I looked myself in the mirror and evaluated myself. I then realized that the reason I was depressed was because I can't accept the past. I can't accept that it's long gone and never again to be experienced or seen. I also realized that sometimes, I can't sleep at night because I'm always anxious on what tomorrow will be about. Will it be a day of happiness or a day of depression? In short, I was disoriented and panicking 24/7. I was focused on getting through the day so I wouldn't have to bare any more painful thoughts and experiences.
The Mental Breakthrough
That exact moment, I saw everything that was wrong in my life. Because of that, I had to take immediate action to fix it or else I'd be wasting time drifting into the abyss. I had to work on myself so I could not only be the best version of myself but also so I can help others do the same. (Here's how I help other people change their lives. Click here.)
I realized that in order for me to literally break state and snap out of my current mental ditch, I had to learn how to control my thoughts and feed my subconscious mind with positive and empowering extremely vivid images. Images that can serve me and help me turn unstoppable. What Lao Tzu said opened my eyes and got me working towards appreciating and embracing the value of NOW.
There's no better time to do amazing things and live than...NOW! It's our responsibility to embrace the moment and make the most of it because like it or not, time is our most valuable asset. No matter how rich or famous you are, no fancy clothes, toys, cars, homes or money can buy you more time. Are you really willing risk that for something so useless? Time is worth way more than that.
Here's what you need to stop in order to enjoy the NOW...
Embracing the moment may sound easier said than done considering our different backgrounds and circumstances however believe me when I say this..."You Can Do This!".
Here's what you need to stop doing...NOW in order to turn things around:
1.) Getting stuck looking into the past without using the past as a learning experience.
The past can be the hardest teacher ever. It can either destroy us or make us stronger. It's important to not get stuck drifting or even paralyzed because of what happened in the past. Remember...whatever happened happened! It stays there so move on and learn from it. All you need to focus on is becoming a better person now than you were yesterday. Not the other way around.
2.) Focusing on things you regret not doing
This can be avoided. How? Man up and just do it! No matter how scary it may be, just do it. YOLO (You Only Live Once) is what everyone says these days, right? As long as you're not doing anything illegal, dangerous or stupid then you're good to go. Just dive in and enjoy the feeling of doing something new!
This is the most useless and time wasting thing anyone can ever do. Being a worrier, not a warrior, will never get you anywhere. You know why? Because the thing you're worrying about does not exist...at least not yet. It starts with you planting an image within your subconscious mind, then you feed it with emotion and meaning which will then make that image 100x more detailed and scarier than it was before. Next thing you know, you're crippled by that image because it seems and feels more realistic than ever.
Here's how to cure worry...
1.) Trust in your abilities (If you're prepared, then why worry? You're only underestimating yourself. Be confident!) Click here because I believe you can do amazing things.
2.) Stop focusing on the outcome. Literally anything can be fixed by closely monitoring the present and applying the proper modifications or changes.
3.) With every problem, there is a solution. That solution is YOU.
4.) Trust in the process. (It takes time. Know it and realize it.)
5.) Don't hang around with negative people. You're better than that.
6.) Just have fun with life. Don't let worry mess things up for you.
Life is a gift. It's the most special thing to ever been given to us. It doesn't get any better than this. Just have fun with it! Do special things. Give back to the community. Smile and make others smile. Be the person who could change a life with a simple sentence just like how Lao Tzu completely changed my outlook.
You ready? I know you can do this!