What’s Most Important Now?

Jim Steffen was a graduate student of ours at U. Mass. He wrote a book called Aligned Thinking and has been helping us work through some of his way of thinking. The most important concept Jim talks about is MIN—which is “Most Important Now.” He says that the way you really enjoy life the most is to decide:  What am I going to do right now? What is this hour about? How can I focus my energy so what I’m doing right now is the most important thing I can do, so I’m not in the midst of one thing and thinking about doing something else? You know, my mind is all over the place. I know a lot of us like to multitask and all those kinds of things. But it’s great if you can get in the MIN attitude and think, okay, I’m going into this particular meeting. Where does this fit into my life? What am I trying to do? How can I get into the mindset that this is the most important moment right now, and really focus in on it? It’s the same way with people. Try to just focus in on people for three or four minutes and just be there for them. This is the most important thing right now – this is a MIN relationship. So what I’m trying to do, first thing in the morning, is to look at the day and see how I can plan what I’m supposed to be doing and how I can get my mind set on the most important thing I ought to do. It’s a wonderful little concept and thought about focus in life. So I thought I’d throw it out for you today.

3 thoughts on “What’s Most Important Now?

  1. Ken:
    Thanks for this piece, which has left me truly inflicted- I mean, really refreshed. Somewhere, I learnt that the human brain is largely an idle, not fully utilized complex tool. MIN, I think, simply focuses the brain to be most activated,one moment at a time. Then the brain can really work to our own amazement. Ken, continue inspiring the world. That is your gift, that is your purpose in this small world.

  2. Ken,
    A great piece of advice on a topic that can get overly complex. I learned working in manufacturing about the morning 5 min huddle to set the MIN for the shift. Just finished a midday run in the Smokey mountains – and I am reminded how individually we have to step back during our day to refocus our MIN perspective.

    Thanks for passing on the wisdom.

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