Methods to Increase Focus
We can only expend energy and perform work up to a certain fixed maximum rate.
If we are to attempt to lift twenty rocks each weighing 25-kg. and remove them to another
spot fifty meters away, we could do so. We would have to move slowly and to rest between
rocks so that the body could renew its energy supply at a rate equal to that at which it was
If however the twenty 25 kg. rocks were united into one 500 kg. boulder, we would not
be able to lift it. We do not have enough energy and can't expend it quickly enough to lift
the rock at a stroke. The rate at which energy is expended is called "power." And although
we have enough energy (given enough time) to lift a 500 kg. boulder, we do not possess
sufficient power for the purpose.
The same principle applies to the mind. If we were to focus our eyes on a specific dot
on a white wall for one hour, we could do so. We would have to focus in short increments
of maybe 5 to 20 seconds and rest between focusing efforts so that the mind could renew
its energy supply at a rate equal to that which it was expended.
Increased Energy Supply
It is possible to increase the bodies energy supply and power through exercise and training. A well-trained fit body can expend more energy over a shorter period of time. It has more power. The increased physical energy would enable us to lift heavier weights, run faster and longer, sleep less, work harder be healthier and so on. It is also possible to increase the minds energy supply and power through mental training and exercise. This would increase our mental powers enabling us to expend more energy over a shorter period of time. The mental energy would enable us to focus and concentrate better, be more creative, improve our memory, improve our imagination, intuition and reasoning and problem solving abilities, in fact, it would enhance and improve all our inherent mental abilities.
The Foundation of Mental Performance
Mental trainings come in all sizes and colors, shapes and forms. The most widespread
training is through school where special emphasis is put on acquiring knowledge and
reasoning abilities. Then there are courses that teach memory techniques, speed-reading,
creativity, intuition and focus and concentration. It seems that the basic foundation of all
successful mental performance is the ability to focus and concentrate. Whatever you do
with the mind you always have to use focus. The more you can focus the easier it is to
finish the task. Oriental yogis put great emphasis on teaching focus and concentration.
Business people often say that the ability to sustain focus is one of the keys to success
in business. Athletes and coaches often talk about the importance of good focus and concentration.
Busy 24 hours a day
In its normal state a healthy human brain is constantly active. Its constantly busy monitoring,
adjusting and repairing the body in order to make it function with optimum efficiency. Out of all
that activity arises the mind which is also perpetually busy and active in associating, sensing,
perceiving, retrieving and storing data in order to keep you alive and well in a competitive and
This constant activity is one of the biggest obstacles to good focus and concentration. Its can be
very difficult to focus and concentrate when thoughts and emotions are always interfering with our
attention. If this is the normal way in which the brain and mind work, then how do we focus and
concentrate when all this activity is going on? One well-known method is to focus on a simple
image like a red triangle and persist in seeing it clearly in our minds eye. And if it becomes
fuzzy or unclear to recall it again and again to fight off the constant interference of the mind.
Gradually the mind gives in and calms down and we gain more and more control over our thoughts.
Usually this takes months of head crunching daily practice, which is a pain in the neck. But why is
it so difficult and time consuming to tame and control the mind?
The Frog and the Scientist
A scientist put a frog into hot water to see how it would react, and
sure enough the frog immediately jumped out of the water. But when he
put the same frog into lukewarm water which it liked, and heated the
water very, very slowly, surprisingly enough the frog didn't jump out and
got cooked. The frog didn't notice the gradually rising heat because it
happened so slowly, and before it realized it, it was to late.
A close examination of the process of thought and emotion and this
constant shifting from one thought to the other reveals a well known
phenomenon called morphing. A popular computer and video image trick
today is to morph one face into another different face. Morphing is how
one thought or emotion changes into another one. It morphs one image
into another image and even morphs images into dialogs or emotions or
any combination of these.
When you try to concentrate on a specific image the morphing happens so
quickly and subtly that, much like the frog, we don't notice it until
its to late. In a manner of speaking, we're cooked. When is the image
the same and when has it morphed just a little bit? We are deceived into
thinking we are looking at the same image when it has actually morphed
halfway into something else, and then some more. If the change happened
suddenly we'd notice it immediately, in the same way as the frog that
detected hot water. To prevent itself from ending up on the scientists
dinner plate the frog would have to watch carefully any change in the
water temperature and jump out if it got to hot. To prevent ourselves
from ending up in the dungeons of our mind we have to watch very
carefully any changes in the morphing and stop it before it enslaves our
Establishing an Higher Order
Actually seeing the image clearly or not in our minds eye is just half
the story. Its not our main concern; a secondary objective. The primary
objective is to increase the ability to focus and concentrate. So how is
it possible to increase focus and concentration without actually seeing
an image? The answer is Intent. Intent establishes a higher
order beyond the mind and enables us to focus on the image whether we
see it clearly or not. The intention to see the image keeps the focus
active. Whether you actually see the image clearly or not in your mind
is not important as long as you stay in control of the focus. Its fine
if you actually see the image, but you don't have to worry if you don't
see it because you can focus on the intention of seeing the image.
The Focus Power Method
How do you think an athlete becomes a world champion? How do you think a violin player
becomes a great virtuoso? How do you think a chess player becomes a grand
master? By practicing their skill. Practice makes perfect. How can you awaken the superpowers of your mind?
While your friends are busy reading the newspapers, watching TV, or chatting with their next door
neighbor, do a little practicing. While your coworkers are thinking about doing, living their dreams in
their heads and imagining how it might have been go and push your limits. While most people are
sleeping late, or wishing they had more time to really do what they wanted put forth the effort to
hone and perfect the skill that enables you to control your mind.
If you go around and ask successful people whether they think focus and concentration had
anything to do with their success you'll most likely get a resounding "Yes, of course!" And if
you pursue it a little further they will most likely tell you what the greatest and most
successful individuals in history have said time and time again. Good focus and concentration
is one of the most important and most effective keys to success in life.
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