I can’t count how many times I’ve been told about the importance of paying attention throughout my life by my parents, teachers and my martial arts instructors. I would venture to say — many hundreds of thousands of times to be sure.
When I was young I just thought it was something adults would say to establish a sense of authority over me.
So like any rebellious kid, I didn’t always do it because I thought I knew everything. But of course, I was wrong.
As I got older I came to the realization that by paying attention I could accomplish more than when my attention was scattered. If I hadn’t accepted this to be true, I probably wouldn’t have gotten through school or been able to keep a job, and definitely would not have earned my 6th degree black belt in martial arts.
The power of concentration defines how successful you can become. We should never take for granted how the mind uses this power to help propel us to greatness or to seek out success in our endeavors. When I can focus my thoughts, I have more control of them, and my thoughts can cause my desired effect.
The brain is never the same size once it learns something new. We seek knowledge and become inspired to use it, and the brain grows. Meditation is another way of implementing constructive thinking. When I meditate, I train my brain to focus and direct thoughts to establish a desired effect.
Attention or concentration is probably; the most important essential in the development of mind culture.The possibilities of attention when properly directed are so startling that they would hardly appear credible to the uninitiated. The cultivation of attention is the distinguishing characteristic of every successful man or woman, and is the very highest personal accomplishment which can be acquired.Charles Haanel
So I’m still a little rebellious, but now I know that focused concentration is a way to establish a sense of authority over myself.
All things can be accomplished with the power of concentration.