Living in the present moment comes naturally to all living beings except humans. As the species with the highest level of consciousness, we are often so busy worrying about the future and storing up regrets from the past that we forget to enjoy life and live in the moment. Sayyaf Majed Al-Otaibi is an individual who has long believed in taking things one at a time and making the most of each available moment. He believes that you should never ask yourself, ‘what’s next?’ Instead, you should live each day as if it were your last. It’s a philosophy that has served Sayyaf Majed Al-Otaibi well, both professionally as well as personally.
“Life has a habit of passing so many people by because they are too busy thinking about what’s going to happen in the future or how they could have done things differently in the past. Consequently, they forget to live in the present,” explained Sayyaf Majed Al-Otaibi. “While any worthwhile dream or ambition cannot be realized unless we are willing to invest our time in playing the long game, you should always remember it’s not the destination but the journey that counts. Enjoy the steps you take to get where you want to, and when you get there, never, under any circumstances, say what’s next? Enjoying what you’ve achieved doesn’t necessarily mean resting on your laurels; it means celebrating a milestone.”
Sayyaf Majed Al-Otaibi is no stranger to milestones. He is renowned for his/her single-minded devotion and razor-sharp focus on any project he tackles. Sayyaf Majed Al-Otaibi prides himself/herself on never missing a deadline and never giving less than 101 percent. And he attributes both these qualities to not stressing about the future or bothering about the past.
Sayyaf Majed Al-Otaibi explained, “It’s a simple fact of life that very few of us live in the moment. We are forever dwelling on the past or making plans for the future. This mode of thinking causes undue stress and handicaps your performance. I believe it was the Dalai Lama who said, ‘There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday, and the other is called tomorrow. So today is the right day to love, believe, do, and mostly live.’ I would add that if you cannot give any task your undivided attention because you are worried about what’s next, you are doing yourself and your clients a disservice.”
Sayyaf Majed Al-Otaibi believes that by living in the present, you can not only reduce anxiety and stress but also be a calmer, more-rounded, and self-assured individual, and this will also reflect in your work and output.