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The Present

The Gift that Makes You Happy and Successful at Work and in Life

By Dr. Spencer Johnson

Spencer Johnson, M.D. is an international best-selling author whose books help millions of people discover simple truths they can use to have healthier lives with more success and less stress. He is the Originator and co-Author of The One Minute Manager the #1 Neil, York Times bestseller, written with legendary management consultant Kenneth Blanchard, Ph.D. The book continues to appear on Business Bestseller Lists and has become the most popular management method in the world. Dr. Johnson has written many best sellers, including five other books in the “One Minute” series: The One Minute $ales Person, The One Minute Mother, The One Minute Father, One Minute For Yourself, and The One Minute Teacher; Yes or No; the popular Value Tales™ children's books; and the perennial gift favorite, The Precious Present.

Wisdom in a Nutshell
This book is a practical parable about a young man who has spent much of his lifetime searching for the elusive yet considered the most precious gift any man can ever receive The Present. This engaging story narrates on the importance of living in the Now-- the present moment. Spencer Johnson stressed that receiving and recognizing The Present can bring success and happiness to anyone's life. Discover how this precious gift can bring change into your life and career.

don't seem to stop mounting over her. she doesn't know what to do. Apparently. both professionally and personally. Bill tells the story of The Present. He is a lot happier.After a promotion on the same company Bill left. Problems. Liz needed help. seems to be having the best time of his life. Liz has become over stressed and overworked. Bill. . Liz is currently in a very tight spot. Bill continued to relate the story with the hope that it would inspire and change Liz's view of her professional and personal life– as much as it did for him. on the other hand. satisfied and successful.

The boy asked if The Present was like a magic wand that makes all wishes come true. the old man only said: • When you receive The Present. you no longer dream of being somewhere else. or a time machine that could bring him anywhere. But its value is not measured by gold or money alone. or something that can make him really rich. • The Present can lead you to many kinds of riches. To these. .

The concentration and the attention he gave to that specific time was what made him happy.The once-little-boy was happy mowing the lawn because he liked doing it. and thought only about cutting the grass during that moment. was focused. .

There are times when you have to look at the past. the teenager still didn't get what the old man was trying to say. Despite this. let go and then move on. pick up the lessons you need to learn from it. You knew it best when you were younger. . You already know where to find it. You have simply forgotten. “You already know what The Present is.” The old man said. And you already know how it can make you happy and successful.

. the young man gave up his search. Tired.The teenager grew into a young man searching for The Present on his own. articles and magazines but nothing had any mention of The Present. He read books. discouraged and disappointed.

he hardly got jobs done. unrealized dreams and his desperation rekindled the long lost desire for The Present. . The loose ends.When the young man could not balance his life!!! At work. His break-up with a girlfriend caused him to worry if he would ever find a true love. again. other projects to be done. His personal life wasn't doing any better either. the young man became a little more tired and disappointed after each working day. He then decided to see the old man. After such frustration. schedules. He was always preoccupied with so many other things– the meetings.

You are intent only on what is happening at that moment.Everyone should learn to look for what is right at a bad situation and then eventually build on it rather that get distracted by the wrongs in it. the young man recalled what the wise old man had told him about The Present: • It is a gift that you give to yourself. You'd simply forgotten it. You'd known it best when you were younger. • When you are fully engaged in what you are doing your mind doesn't wander and you are happy. In the mountain. .

. he noticed and gazed at the impressive fireplace crafted and perfected out of a mason's dedication and focus.When the young man went back to the cabin.

I get it!!! ..Wow….

. The Present is the Present moment.• The Present is not the past and is not the future. The Present is Now! • Being in The Present means focusing on what is happening right now! It means appreciating the gifts what you are offered every day.

it makes you happier. when you focus on what is right at the present moment.Even in the most difficult situations. whatever the situation is. right now” and “what is right. now”. and gives you the needed energy and confidence to deal with what is wrong. Everyone should learn to look for what is right at a bad situation and then eventually build on it rather that get distracted by the wrongs in it. . Being in The Present means focusing on “what is.

and paying attention to what is important.“Being in the present means turning out distractions.” . now. You can create your own present by what you give your attention to.

. focused on the projects he had at hand at that particular moment. He got himself a wonderful woman and started to develop a great relationship with her. His personal life also seemed to flourish. He became a lot more effective and happier.When the young man concentrated at applying at work the things he learned from the old man regarding The Present. and learned to listen attentively to his colleagues. He began solving the problems one by one. At work.

a problem at work arose. He deliberately carried the load that has to be done with a partner.However. He wondered what the old man would do at that particular moment. when he taught he knew how it is to be in The Present. one day. The young man failed. . He missed the deadline and the boss expressed his disappointment. alone.

It is hard to let go of the Past if you have not learned from the Past. Apparently. pick up the lessons you need to learn from it. it is helpful still to look at The Past while you are in The Present so just to improve it. it occurred that the young man is still haunted by the failures of his past. The young man approached the old man again to discuss the failure he had at work. There are times when you have to look at the past. you improve the Present. As soon as you learn and let Go. . let go and then move on. According to the old man.

To do such. the young man noted: • Look at what happened from the past. • Learn something valuable from it. . • Use what you learn to improve The Present.

. it is time to learn from the Past and plan for the Future. He finally got promoted. He learned to deal better with people.Anytime you are unhappy in the Present or feeling unsuccessful. When the same situation arises. but you can learn from it. You cannot change the Past. you can do things differently and enjoy a more successful Present. The young man politely confronted the partner he had with the project that recently failed.

Discouraged and uncertain of what to do next. was faced with increasing demands. . He had not developed a daily schedule. however. Projects then started to spun out of his control. the young man got back to his old friend.His promotion.

. and the more the Future is known to you. there is nothing bad with planning for it.The idea of the present tells that is not wise to be in the future. However. however. the more you plan for what you want to see happen. the less anxious you are in The Present. As the old man had put it: No one can predict or control the future.

• Create a realistic plan to make it happen. .To plan. • Put your plan into action in the present. the young man took note of the following guides: • Picture what a wonderful future would be like.

Take one leg out and the tripod topples over.Living in The Present. and. . Planning for The Future. Keeping the balance among the three will help you deal better with any thing that comes along. Learning from The Past. The old man categorized the idea of The Present as like that of a tripod balanced perfectly by its three supporting legs: Living in The Present. Planning for The Future. Learning from The Past.

The young man effectively used the idea of applying the third element of The Present in his work. He became really good at his job and he even made a dramatic contribution to save his company from a possible acrossthe-board cut in costs. He even had his personal life put on the right track. He and his girlfriend started planning for a future together. .

The once-young-man had it into himself badly to lose someone as wise as the old man. after several years. .Inevitably. the old man died. His death caused him to wonder what it was that made him spent much time and effort sharing all about The Present.

it is time to plan for the future. . 3. 5. When you live and work with purpose. When you want the Present to be better than the Past. Past. Each of us defined for ourselves what it means to be successful. Success is becoming who you are capable of being and progressing toward worthwhile goals. and love. support. it is time to learn form the Past. that is all has meaning. it is time to be in the Present moment. and respond to what is important now. 2. Living in the Present. 8. 9. It is only when you live with Purpose and respond to what's important about the Present. When you want to be happy and more successful. How you respond depends upon your purpose. befriend. 7. you are more able to lead. 4. manage. and Future. learning from the Past and planning for the Future is not all there is. 6.With this the man noted his own wonderful discoveries: 1. When you want the Future to be better than the Present.

He decided to spend part of his life with the same compassion the wise old man had. He chose to share the story of The Present to a lot of other people using the summary he had written down a few years back .The man became old himself – prosperous. and loved. respected. He lived with the same purpose to help others become happy and successful.

§ Look at what happened in the Past. 3. § Focus on what is right now. § Use your purpose to respond to what is important now. Plan for the Future: When you want to make the Future better than the Present.Three Ways to Use Your Present Moments 1. § Make plans to help it happen. Learn from the Past: When you want to make the Present better than the Past. § Learn something valuable from it. Be in the Present: When you want to be happy and successful. § Do Things Differently in the Present. § Put your plan into your action in the Present. . 2. § See what a wonderful future would you like.

. she took her own action points to live her own Present. Personally.Liz knew she needed to hear the story.

she discovered that she was always in The Past and in The Future. .At work. Her boss would even reiterate that she was still riding on her old successes. She was always overstressed with her work. and never in The Present. Liz tried to evaluate the situation and labeled it as her Past that she can learn from. Instead of blocking what the boss said.

she realized her own Purpose as being the mother to her son. . Concentrating on her son at every particular moment caused a huge turnover in their relationship.At home. Liz started listening to her son. After hearing the story and learning about having a Purpose.

The dramatic changes have pleased her more than ever. .Liz also spent extra time sharing The Present to her colleagues. friends and loved ones. Now she's happiest to see the people that she values live in The Present.

“Living in the Present. learning from the Past and planning for the Future” Thank You Very Much Sompong Yusoontorn .