In our path to prosperity we must keep ourselves focused. As time goes on, there exists the possibility of losing steam and getting off-track. We have to develop the momentum and stamina required to achieve success, there must be…
Concentration is intense mental focus. It requires giving total attention to the matter at hand, whether a subject or activity. It is turning one’s awareness so completely to the subject or activity present that all else melts away. Concentration is a power, fundamental to great achievement in all fields of endeavor.
“I am easily distracted.”
Solution: Too many of us work in chaotic, over stimulating environments. As your situation permits, create a healthy, supportive work space. Limit noise and potential interruptions. During times you are working, turn off cell phone, computer, TV and internet. Put a “do not disturb” sign on the door. Gather materials before you start working (pencils, pens, paper, books, or other items).
Determine your own highest productivity hours. Some of us are morning people fresh and ready; others are best during late night hours.When possible, schedule according to your personal preferences so you can most easily focus.
“My overactive mind gets in my way.”
Solution: If you have inner distractions like guilt from the past or worry about the future, consciously focus your mind. Assign your mind a single task with time parameters.
If your mental chatter continues, record your worries or to-do’s on paper. Now they are safe for later. Let them go. Re-focus on your assignment. If you are reading, researching or engaged in a business interaction, taking notes can help you stay on task. “When you write down your ideas you automatically focus your full attention on them. Few if any of us can write one thought and think another at the same time. Thus a pencil and paper make excellent concentration tools.
“I’m bored. I just don’t like some of the things I have to do.”
Solution: Front load your work session with less preferred tasks. Choose an empowered attitude. If you are going to do something, do it wholeheartedly. Engage your senses. Be curious. Learn. Joy can be found in the doing of the activity, not just the topic or the result.
“I fizzle out before I finish.”
Solution: Try pushing yourself a bit further than you think you can go. Develop your concentration skills by exercising your mental focus capacity. There are two kinds of people, those who understand how to work through frustration and those who give up.When you find yourself in the middle of a task and want to walk away, decide on “five more.”
Go the distance by reading the next five pages, writing the next five emails or making those next five phone calls. Athletes get a second wind by pushing through initial fatigue; you can reach renewed mental focus by refusing to give up in moments of frustration.
“I work for so long that my mind is exhausted.”
Solution: Find a healthy balance. It’s not how long you work but how productive you are that determines success. Often, more can be accomplished in a few hours of concentration than in days of effort diluted by distraction. Working too long can be counter-productive and increase your rate of errors. Your mind and body work in rhythmic cycles. Take regular breaks during long work periods. Breathe deeply. Get up and stretch. Enjoy a glass of water. Listen to an inspired song. Get some fresh air. Then return to your work.
“I don’t care how much power, brilliance or energy you have, if you don’t harness it and focus it on a specific target, and hold it there you’re never going to accomplish as much as your ability warrants.”