Perfect The Present

“The present is perfect.” Why? Because you are not stagnant. You’re not standing still. You are growing, evolving, changing. The present moment is simply another step along the way . . . the exact step you need to take!

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“The Present is perfect even though it may not be what you want. Perfect doesn’t mean desirable, fair, just, or preferred. Perfect refers to the idea that, in the bigger scheme of things, there’s a perfect explanation for why things are the way they are — even if that explanation eludes you at the moment.”

“When you recognize and accept that things are the way they are, and that the present is all we truly have, then it’s not too much of a leap to believe that the present is perfect. Maybe it’s not optimum, but it is perfect to learn from and perfect to grow from.” From Step 21 – See How Perfect The Present Really Is (Especially When It Is Clearly Not) in The 28 Laws Of Attraction [Leonard]

“See how perfect the present really is.” When I was first introduced to this concept, it was a hard one to accept and reconcile. See how perfect the present is? Really? 16.2 million children in America live in “food insecure” homes, meaning some of them will go to bed hungry tonight. Perfect? In SC alone, 36,000 spouses report an act of domestic violence each year. Perfect?? Do you know the fastest-growing criminal industry in the world? Human trafficking — slavery. It is estimated that there are 30 million people living in slavery today. Perfect? !?

However, I was coming at the concept from a different meaning. “Perfect the present” deals with understanding that the present is all there is and the current present moment cannot be anything other than what it is. Anyone can bemoan the evils that I mentioned and many more besides but that is not helpful and it certainly isn’t seeing “how perfect the present really is”. That viewpoint puts us in the position of being powerless bystanders at best and helpless victims at worst. “As long as you think the problem is out there,” said Steven R. Covey, “that very thought is the problem.” [Covey] As long as you think the problem is “out there”, you have your excuse. You are absolved from making any attempts at changing things, at perfecting the present.

So how do you make the present perfect?

Learn the lesson. “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift—that’s why it’s called the present.” Don’t latch onto something and call it a gift just to put a good face on a bad situation. Sometimes, it is a real struggle to find the “seed of good”. But it is always there. And if you believe it and expect to find something good in the present situation, you will continue searching till you find it. It will likely be the exact thing you need to learn right now. Which is why we often don’t want to find it.

Perfect (p?r’fekt) is a verb. “The present is perfect because you CAN do something about it.” [Leonard] To see how perfect the present really is is to acknowledge the universal law of cause and effect. The past is cause and the present is effect. This simply means that the current present cannot be anything other than it is because it is the result, the effect, of prior actions, or causes. It also lets us take some modicum of control over our future present by putting into action NOW the causes that we believe will bring about a desired effect. This gives you the means to perfect the present toward which you are moving.

Act as if. “. . . some things are easier just to declare so because you say so.” [Leonard] Perception and belief shape reality. If you believe the present is perfect, your actions reflect that belief and will help bring about the perfect results. (Conversely, if you believe the present is boring or depressing or hard, etc., your actions will reflect those beliefs and bring about the results you expect – hard, boring, depressing, etc.)

Here is a life coaching assignment for the week to apply this idea in your own life. Select one area of your life and perfect it. Don’t just straighten up or work around a problem, make it absolutely perfect. Take your car, for example. Does it need a good washing? You might even consider having it detailed. Are there scratches that need to be buffed out? What do your tires look like? Are they properly inflated? Are they getting bald? How about your windshield wipers — when was the last time they were changed? And then there’s that pesky Check Engine light that keeps coming on. What do you need to do to make your car absolutely perfect?

When you have perfected one aspect of your life and environment, pick a second one and perfect it. Then move to the next area, keeping in mind Thomas Leonard’s advice: “I’ve said before that gradualism is a key concept in attraction. In other words, don’t bust your piggy bank over this buffing-up process. But don’t deny yourself improvements you could afford either. Only you — perhaps with the guidance of an accountant or a financial planner — can determine how fast to pursue this step in your evolution. I can only guarantee that being very self-rewarding will open up new vistas for you and will help other people to understand and respond to your inner self.” [Leonard]

Say it out loud: “The present is perfect.” What do you hear yourself say in response? Whatever it is, it’s perfect! Because you are not stagnant. You’re not standing still. You are growing, evolving, changing. The present moment is simply another step along the way . . . the exact step you need to take. The perfect step. And that’s Excelerating!

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Leonard, Thomas. The 28 Laws Of Attraction. New York: Scribner, 1998.

Covey, Stephen R. The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1989.

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