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Concentration – The Power to success

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23-07-2019


Concentration – The Power to success


 Sera Pinto

Concentration is the ability to direct one’s attention in accordance with one’s will. It means control of the attention .Concentration implies the ability to release one’s thoughts and emotions from all other interests and involvements and  an ability to focus them on a single object or state of awareness. The ability to focus the mind is one of the most important abilities one should possess. However, most people lack the ability to concentrate. Their attention usually wanders, without being able to fix it on one subject for any reasonable period. A trained mind is able to focus, without being distracted by thoughts, noises or anything else.

The most effective technique of concentration will be one which both interiorizes the mind, and permits a gradual transition from technical practice to utter stillness. The technique of watching the breath fulfills both of these requirements-better, perhaps, than any other possibly could. Though the concept originates in ancient Buddhist, Hindu and Chinese traditions, when it comes to experimental psychology, mindfulness is less about spirituality and more about concentration: the ability to quiet your mind, focus your attention on the present, and dismiss any distractions that come your way.

 

Why do you need to be able to focus your mind?

 It is a skill that helps in all walks of life, to study, read, work, drive, get tasks done, meditate, and for everything else. This ability also helps you Control of your thoughts, Gain inner peace, Improve your memory, Focus and conserve your energies, Work more efficiently, Improve meditation and much more.

How to Concentrate on an Important Task

Having the ability to concentrate on a given task is of tremendous value as it helps us to work more productively throughout the day.

You can, however, develop your ability to concentrate on a given task if you take the time to put into practice the following six steps

Step 1: Unclutter Your Brain

Improving concentration always begins with the uncluttering of your brain.

List down all the distracting things you have going on in your brain.

Having piled all your thoughts down on paper, it’s time now to step away and just let things be.

Step 2: Clarify What You Want

Concentration requires having a clear focus and direction in mind for your study or work session. In other words, it requires knowing your objectives. Ask yourself:What do I want to get done?What needs  to be accomplished?How will I get this done?

Now that you understand your objective take the required steps and perform to reach the productivity. 

Step 3: Prepare Your Workspace

Your ability to concentrate is irrevocably tied to your work environment. If your environment is messy and disorganized, then sooner or later this is bound to distract you.

If therefore, your work environment isn’t organized in a way that accommodates the task you are working on, then the efficiency just won’t be there. In such instances, it’s easy to lose focus when you’re struggling to find essential tools and resources you need to move the task forward.

Step 4: Remove all Distractions

Your degree of concentration is often tied to your ability or inability to handle distractions.

It’s probably safe to say that no matter how focused you are, you will always get sidetracked if you’re unable to manage the distractions around you.

The fewer distractions you have to worry about, the better your ability to concentrate for extended periods of time.

Step 5: Break Down Your Task

You previously identified the sequence of steps needed to work on your task more efficiently. It’s now time to break this sequence of steps down into chunks.

Dividing your time into concentration blocks in this way will help keep you focused for longer.

Step 6: Set Time Limits and Deadlines

The final step for improving your concentration is to set time limits and deadlines.

With urgency, your brain is motivated to stay focused and therefore develops the ability to concentrate for more extended periods of time.

 

The first law of success is concentration- To bed all the energies to one point ,and to go directly to that point, looking neither to the right nor the left.

 Success in life is a matter not so much of talent or opportunity as of  CONCENTRATION and PERSEVERANCE!                                                                                                                                                                                         By- C.W. Wendte

 

References:

https://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/16/opinion/sunday/the-power-of-concentration.html

https://www.ananda.org/meditation/meditation-support/articles/concentration-is-the-key-to-success/

 

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