You Can Choose to Act, OR to be Acted Upon

Smartphones are incredible gadgets, aren’t they?

No matter where you are or what you’re doing, you can instantly connect with just about anyone. And we’re not only talking about placing calls and responding to text messages, either …

With new apps, games and social channels coming out just about every day, the web of digital interconnectivity seems to be expanding at an alarming rate.

Though a tremendous blessing, there’s a downside, too—more people now experience life vicariously through a small screen than ever before.

Seriously, the numbers don’t lie on this one …

In 2015, Americans spent an average of 4.7 daily hours on their mobile devices. Considering that we’re awake for roughly fifteen hours at a time, that’s a startling chunk.

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So, what does any of this have to do with the topic of today’s conversation?

More than you’d think, actually.

Here’s the deal—though groundbreaking technology promises to propel us headfirst into a brighter future, oftentimes, it serves as more of handheld distraction than anything else.

The world is a big place, and while you might only occupy a small slice of it, there’s too much to take in to waste excess time sending selfies or catching Pokémon.

What are we getting at with all of this?

Put the smartphone down, and start living in the moment.

The Importance of Living a Day-to-Day Life

What does it mean to live in the moment, exactly?

It’s quite simply, really—to recognize the value of today, and do something about it.

Life takes place in the present.

While yesterday’s happenings might very well affect the future, the only thing you can control is what’s being done this very instant.

Whether they be decisions, thoughts or actions, both are done in the immediate present.

In fact, if you think about it, there’s no other option before you. Regardless of whether you decide to live in the moment or not, time will continue it’s unending, ever-advancing journey.

People can either choose to act, or to be acted upon.

When you brush aside the urge to read a good book, call up an old friend, step outside of your comfort zone or explore the world around you at a later date, you take an active role in your destiny …

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Screw tomorrow; today matters most.

On the flip side of things, though, when countless hours are chewed up consuming GIFS, viral videos and cat memes, whether conscious or not, you attempt to piggyback the personality and creativity brought about by others who are taking advantage of the time they’ve been given.

Can you feel the urgency of leading a maximized life?

You’ve only got one to live, so make the most of it.

5 Actionable Tips for More Fully Living In the Moment

With all of this in mind, however, how does an up-and-coming 5am.er go about living in the moment, appreciating everything life has to throw at them—both the good and the bad?

Though by no means a comprehensive list, below, you’ll find five actionable, tried-and-true tips for embracing the totality of the human experience—check ‘em out:

  1. Stop Worrying It’s absolutely impossible that you enjoy today if you’re consumed with what’s to take place tomorrow. Believe it or not, it’s true what your parents always told you growing up—worrying accomplishes nothing. Instead, redirect the mental energy you use to worry onto something more productive—the here and now.
  2. Learn to Love LaborFar too many people look at their workweek as some sort of survival test. Working five days a week, come the end of your life, you’ll have spent 71 percent of it waiting for the weekend to arrive. You have two options: 1) find a new job, or 2) focus on the positives. Trust us—both are better than wasting time.
  3. Overcome Addiction Of the items mentioned on this list, this one might come as somewhat of a surprise. It makes sense, though—addictions hold people hostage. Not only are they a great source of mental and physical trauma, but they keep you from enjoying the present. No matter how big or small, work to overcome yours.
  4. De-Clutter Your Life Far too often do people think that possessions will bring them happiness. Though nice to have, they can easily get in the way of living in the moment. As such, de-clutter your life. Gadgets, gizmos and trinkets—if they don’t serve a purpose, get rid of them. That way, you can better live for today.
  5. Forget About Past Accomplishments None of us wants to become the next Uncle Rico. What’s sad, though, is that far too many of us do just what he did as an old, washed-up quarterback—dwell on the past. If you find yourself talking endlessly about what you did years back, there’s a good chance you haven’t done much today.

* Note: For more in-depth tips and tricks on how to live in the moment, click here.

Make the Change TODAY!

What better time to start living in the moment than right here, right now—today is your best opportunity to make the change.

Harrowed up by past actions? What about future concerns—do they have you down?

The simplicity of living for what life readily gives you will set the record straight.

Don’t get us wrong—the wealth of information your smartphone provides makes it an incredible resource…

That said, the digital realm largely provides its community members with fleeting, artificial experiences—nothing more. Fortunately, authentic 5am.ers recognize this, choosing to do their best to live in the moment, instead.

Strive to do the same thing; you’ll be happier because of it.