Be Present

Leaders live in tension.

Constant tension.

I call it the shades of grey.

A tension that is very real for me is the tension of planning for the future and being present in the today.

As leaders we’re wired to look ahead, to dream, to plan, to strategize, but oftentimes all of our dreaming and scheming causes us to miss the important moments of right now.


  • find ourselves thinking through a project instead of hearing about our spouse’s day
  • miss the opportunity to celebrate a success because we’re planning our next victory
  • are afraid we’ll miss some big news so we consume our time digesting content on all of our devices but miss a special moment in a friend’s life

You know what I’m talking about, don’t you?

I’m sure you can easily add to that list.

So how do you be present?

I love that this year “Be Present” is the theme for Catalyst Atlanta.  I don’t have to remind you that this is one of my favorite leadership learning environments and so the fact that they are going to challenge us in this way is exciting… and a little scary.

For more info on Catalyst and how to get tickets, click here.  Early bird registration ends tomorrow!


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  • JennyRain August 29, 2011  

    choice. it ultimately comes down to choosing to be IN the situation I am in… and if I find myself drifting out of that moment, asking myself why I feel the need to mentally “leave”… am I stressed, uncomfortable, insecure, frustrated that I have to be there? do I need to carve some things out of my schedule, am I tired? When I’m honest with myself about where I am… I can typically reengage and celebrate the moment much better.