There are many things that are important in life. One of them is this: being present while looking forward to the future. Sound like some sort of oxymoron? Well, I assure you, it's not. It's okay to have your eyes on the prize, but don't forget to look at your activity now and your next step. If you don't consider what you should be doing now and what your next step should be, you won't even make it to the ultimate prize. In the realm of the natural, the prize could be the manifestation of a new business, a fresh strong partnership with a company or organization, an executive position at a company, etc. So many people are mesmerized by the future that they lose focus on the present. You are currently in a process trying to get to "somewhere" and you are going to have to learn what it's going to take in order for you to navigate through your present circumstances so you can make sound decisions that benefit you, and not harm you.
You're also going to have to factor in other people, because no man is an island. You don't know when you're going to meet so-and-so who can help you get to your next destination while you are on your journey to the prize. When you meet someone for the first time, be careful that you don't underestimate them just because of how they look or because of something you heard about them. Get to know that person. Be present in the here and now and actually listen to what they have to say to you. You'd be surprised at what you can learn from people when you simply listen to them (and not trying to listen to them while you're on your cell phone, looking at something that has to do with "what's about to happen next" or "what's happening in the future" or what drama is unfolding on social media). That new person you meet, could very well hold one of the keys that can unlock a door you need opened so you can properly take that next step you are seeking after.
Your moves need to be strategic so you can truly optimize each day as well as each season of your life. Have a mind that embraces the future, but be sure to get your mind and heart right for what's happening right now. What you do now will affect what happens in the future. Don't let anything distract you from focusing on what really matters. Get rid of all distractions and get rid of things that are not essential for the task at hand. Get rid of any negative energy around you too. Even if you have to dismiss some people from your circle (no matter how close you are to them) for a little while or for a long time, do what you have to do to make it to the next level of growth and development. The "you" that you are striving to be depends on it.
Set priorities for the present day. Don't try to take on so much now while looking at the future that you get overwhelmed and end up doing nothing because you are burned out all of a sudden, instead of the something that can be prove to be fruitful, even if it is a little something. In the here and now, make a checklist of practical things you can do that will lead to fulfilling small milestones. Then the more you reach your different milestones, your confidence will increase and you will see yourself getting closer and closer to your big, ultimate goal, that is, your prize.
Here's another nugget for you. Do what you can do and don't worry about comparing yourself to other people. Everyone will have an opinion about what you are doing and what you are not doing, so just focus on what you can do while you have the energy to do it now. When you start comparing yourself to other people, you can start to feel discouraged and like you don't "measure up." The person to whom you are comparing yourself might be further down the road than you are or if they started on their journey at about the same time as you, he/she might be heading in a different direction because of their calling, vocation, etc. That person might have access to resources that you don't have and vice versa. So don't compare yourself to other people. One thing I am a proponent of though is getting advice from people who are further ahead of you on the same road you are traveling on. I believe in mentorship because it promotes the ideas of building relationships and giving back to those who are trying to grow.
Last, but not least, take some time each day or make time during a certain month (whether it's for a few days or for a week at a time) to get away from all media. That could mean tv, radio, or social media, or all of the above. Get away on a mini-vacation (it doesn't have to be some extravagant one) to clear your head. Instead of spending hours on your phone, go get some fresh air at a park and read a good book, go walk around town, visit a friend and just have a conversation, do something that does not require you to look at a screen. You'll be amazed at how many great ideas will come to you because you are not so focused on what's going on with regard to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, the news, etc.
When you take time to be present, you'll realize how much you could be missing if you had not committed to being HERE, RIGHT NOW. Time is a precious commodity. You can earn and lose money, you can gain material things, but one thing you cannot get back once it passes is time. You don't want to wake up one day and feel like you have a bunch of regrets because you were not present when you needed to be. So make the most of your time now while you can.
I just want to encourage and inspire as many people as I can for Jesus Christ.