The Power of Real Concentration
Copyright © Craig Warren
Did you ever stop to think what an important part your
thoughts, I mean real concentrated thoughts, play in
The ability to concentrate all your attention is so
important. No matter what task or job you have to get
done as nothing great or significant can be accomplished
without proper effort and concentration. Almost all of us
have some sort of difficulty in the concentration of our
Workers in business and industry, students in high school
and college and even professors in universities complain
of the same difficulty.
It is said that the power to concentrate all your
attention is vital as it stands at the very centre of
most if not all mental activity. No matter from what
angle we view the mind, its excellence always seems to
depend upon the power to concentrate all our attention.
Concentration may be defined as being that state of mind
in which the entire energies of the individual, physical
as well as mental, are focused upon the thing they are
doing or thinking. All actions and all thoughts not
connected with what they are doing or thinking are kept
out of the mind
If we examine a growing child, one of the first things we
will see is the power they have in them to pay attention
or to notice things.
When we examine the ability of normal adults we do so by
means of tests that require close concentration of
attention and we regard anyone who is able to maintain
close focused and concentrated attention for long periods
of time as a person of strong mind or will.
So real concentration may be broken down into just 2
1. The voluntary focusing of all our power and attention
in the selecting of certain objects to be attended to.
2. And the ignoring of other objects which act as
But even in spite of our most careful provisions, there
will still be distractions which cannot be eliminated.
For example, you cannot stop the noise of planes flying
over or cars driving past while you are trying to work,
plan or study.
And you cannot build a fence around the thoughts and
focus of your mind so as to keep out unwanted and
irrelevant ideas. The best thing you can do is to accept
the inevitable that the presence of some distractions
will always exist and to realize that in order to
concentrate and pay attention properly, it is necessary
to form the habit of ignoring these distractions.
You can simply start out by making a strong determined
effort to ignore all distractions practice ignoring them
and try your best not to let a slip occur.
Also, at the same time, try to develop interest in the
object you are concentrating all your attention on,
because we tend to pay more attention to those things in
which we are most interested.
It’s easy for any one to say, concentrate but you need to
know exactly how to concentrate. Remember that to
concentrate is merely the act of applying your entire body
and mind, to the task or action in hand.
Every effort of the mind, whether its to
Even to judge something
Must all involve some concentration of the faculties of
the mind upon that particular action, task or act,
whatever it may be!
As you start to develop a firm interest in your field of
work or study and as you develop the habit of ignoring
distractions you will be able to concentrate your powers
of attention with less and less effort.
Another important fact to note is that as you develop the
power to select objects for the concentration of all your
attention, you also develop at the same time, other mind
power processes. You will improve the ability to memorize
and recall much more, to fine tune and manage better your
time and effort. And also, the power to control your future
thoughts and actions.
In short, developing your power to concentrate and focus
all your attention means developing power in all the
mental processes. With that being said, I want to finish
by giving you the 2 top keys of concentration. For every
one of us, concentration will always mean…
1. You must identify for yourself what is most important
and essential to you and try to filter out everything
2. Selecting and focusing on what is most important to us
and disregarding what is not and also knowing which tasks
and jobs have top priority.
These are the two main steps towards developing strong
concentration. Recognizing the essential and leaving out
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