Here are a few tips to help you Improve your concentration
To enhance your concentration and powers of focus,
count your steps when you walk. This is a particularly
strong technique. Take six steps while taking a long
inhale, hold your breath for another six steps, and
then exhale for six steps. If six steps is too long
for the breaths, do whatever you feel comfortable
with. You will feel very alert, refreshed, internally
quiet and centered after this exercise. So many people
allow their minds to be filled with mental chatter.
All peak performers appreciate the power of a quiet,
clear mind which will concentrate steadily on all
2. Enhance your will-power; it is likely one of the best
training programs you can invest in. Here are some
ideas to strengthen your will and become a stronger
a) Do not let your mind float like a piece of paper
in the wind. Work hard to keep it focused at all times.
When doing a task, think of nothing else. When walking
to work, count the steps that it takes to get all
the way to the office. This is not easy but your mind
will soon understand that you hold its reins and not
vice versa. Your mind must eventually become as still
as a candle flame in a corner where there is no draft.
Your will is like a muscle. You must first exercise
it and then push before it gets stronger. This necessarily
involves short term pain but be assured that the improvements
will come and will touch your character in a most
positive way. When you are hungry, wait another hour
before your meal. When you are laboring over a difficult
task and your mind is prompting you to pick up the
latest magazine for a break or to get up and go talk
to a friend, curb the impulse. Soon you will be able
to sit for hours in a precisely concentrated state.
Sir Issac Newton, one of the greatest classical physicists
the world has produced, once said: "if I have
done the public any service, it is due to patient
thought." Newton had a remarkable ability to
sit quietly and think without interruption for very
long periods of time. If he can develop this so can
c) You can also build your will-power by restraint
in your conduct with others. Speak less (use the 60/40
Rule = listen 60% of the time and speak a mere 40%,
if that). This will not only make you more popular
but you will learn much wisdom as everyone we meet,
every day has something to teach us. Also restrain
the urge to gossip or to condemn someone who you feel
has made a mistake. Stop complaining and develop a
cheerful, vital and strong personality. You will greatly
3. Become a highly disciplined time manager. There
are roughly 168 hours in a week. This surely allows
plenty of time for achievement of the many goals we
desire to accomplish. Be ruthless with your time.
Set aside a few minutes each morning to plan your
day. Plan around your priorities and focus on not
only those tasks which are immediate but not important
(i.e., many telephone calls) but especially on those
which are important but not urgent, for these allow
for the greatest personal and professional development.
Important but not immediate activities are those which
produce long-term, sustainable benefits and include
exercise, strategic planning, the development of relationships
and professional education. Never let the things which
matter most be placed in the backseat as compared
to those that matter least.
Two Minute Mind is an excellent exercise for developing
concentration. Simply stare at the second hand on
your wristwatch for two minutes and think about nothing
else for that time. At first your mind will wander
but after 21 days of practice, your attention will
not waver during the routine. One of the greatest
qualities a person can develop to ensure his success
is the ability to focus for extended periods of time.
Learn to build up your concentration muscles and no
task will be too difficult for you.
To enhance your concentration, read a passage in a
book you have never explored. Then try to recite it
verbatim. Practice this for only 5 minutes a day and
enjoy the results which follow after a few months
83% of our sensory input comes from our eyes. To truly
concentrate on something, shut your eyes and you will
remove much distraction.
from Robin Sharma’s website 200 Life Lessons https://www.robinsharma.com )