To excel in just about anything, you need effective concentration. Perhaps, you want to experience business, academic, professional, management, or parenting success, concentration is the key. Concentration means paying absolute attention on something considered to be important, in order to understand and master it, and then utilizing that knowledge or acquired skill to solve problems in order to increase one’s quality of life. The purpose of concentration is the desire for comprehension and mastery. And the purpose of comprehension is the desire to solve problems. Therefore, to solve most problems in your life, you need concentration.
The boxing champions, chess aces, tennis competition titleholders, Nobel laureates, best-selling authors, jaw-dropping music producers, the Beethovens of our time, the Einsteins of this century, and the Picassos of the artistic world, these people aren’t like everybody else; they stand out. Their actions and choices are pretty outstanding. They are buried in what they do every day and night. They strive to perfect their abilities. They have learnt to streamline their attentions, regardless of the deterrents they have to deal with. They aren’t dissuaded by the opinions of others, and certainly don’t let their emotions paralyze them; they show quality management of their emotions, and know how to channel them towards achieving great success.
Effective concentration requires goal-awareness and a sense of urgency. Having a great goal and scheduling for the accomplishment of such goal will constantly remind you of how valuable every minute of the day is. And when you strive to achieve a great goal within a short, yet reasonable period of time, you are more likely to give maximum attention to the tasks that lead up to the great goal to be accomplished. Enjoyable activities may be delayed rather than eliminated; this has a way of enhancing your conscientiousness. And in times of adversity and emotional pains, courage is needed to be shown to maintain concentration.
Sometimes, getting to a goal can be frustrating and exhausting, but you must endure with patience and perseverance, and ensure you are on the move. It’s not okay to move, it’s important to move with great gaps. If you can fly, then it is lazy to run. And if you can run, then it’s lazy to crawl. Although there is progress in crawling, it is nevertheless lazy. It is wise to set targets you intend to meet daily, so that you can physically gauge and measure your inputs day by day. You need to be able to measure your progress.
The setting of targets enables you to utilize your resources effectively; it tends to give one the feeling that there are assignments that need to be completed. For example, while writing one of my books, I treated it as a project. It had a start-time and a finish-time. I planned what kinds of materials to get, where to get those materials, when to get them, and how to use them. The number of pages and the style of writing were also taken into consideration. Although, newer ideas popped up along the way, these ideas were prepared just in case they didn’t. The plan was designed on paper.
In anything you do, discipline is paramount. I advise you make for yourself a project plan before beginning any purposeful endeavor. You should know where you are going, how you are going, and when to get there. You cannot afford to place your own responsibilities on faith, fate, or chance. There is a common saying that faith without work is futile. It is okay to hope for the best, but you must also be willing to achieve the best. You are the architect of your life, even though there are such things as good luck and bad luck in their random nature. You can’t also afford to dwell on the negative “What if?” Ensure you are in the right place at the right time.
Some people appear as though they are wired to be discipline, while others just can’t pin themselves down to a task. Yet, discipline ought to be developed in all people. The beauty of time-table is that it enables you to know what to do at a particular time, although it may deprive you of some fun and freedom that you would really want to enjoy. But like I once said in my article, ‘How to achieve great goals’, a prospective achiever must be willing to bear some discomfort with the understanding that it won’t last. He’s going to have all the fun he wants when it’s time, probably on the weekends, or during the holidays. But at the moment, he must do all he can to fulfil his set targets.