We live in a world where everybody and everything is in perpetual competition to be on top. Companies use science and technology to develop new products and services that will outdo their competitors’; students contend with each other to be accepted into Ivy League universities; men and women struggle to outperform each other in a futile attempt to prove which gender is better.
If you are a person who does not know where you are going and is not focused in achieving your goal, there is a big possibility that you may not reach it at all. There are many distractions and temptations around us. Thus, if you do not keep your eye on your aspiration, you may end up going around in circles, instead of running towards completion. Once you have decided what career path to pursue, the next thing you need to do is to stay focused and concentrate on your dreams and aspirations. Great athletes emerge victorious, whatever problems come their way, because they know what they want to achieve and are set and dedicated on their pursuit of that goal.
Lance Armstrong, a professional racing cyclist, won seven consecutive Tour de France titles even after being diagnosed with cancer, undergoing chemotherapy, and enduring testicular and brain surgeries. He was able to achieve these despite the many obstacles because of his sheer determination to show the world that, despite his condition, he can still achieve his goals. Do you think Mr. Armstrong would be able to win the races if he was not focused on realizing his dreams? The power of concentration and focus is really an important factor in achieving your goal. You need to eliminate all distraction and put all your efforts into realizing your dreams.
However, attaining focus and concentration is not a very easy thing to do. Most people resort to yoga and meditation in order to achieve utmost concentration. If you do not have time and money to enroll in yoga sessions, do not despair. Here are some ways to effectively harness your concentration powers without hurting your pocket.
Maintain a quiet time daily
We live in a noisy and fast-paced environment. The demands of keeping up with a taxing life can truly hurt our nerves. In order to ensure that we are not affected by stress, we need to treat ourselves with a few minutes of quiet moments everyday. During our quiet time, we can assess our performance, find ways to improve our lives, concentrate and affirm our goals, or simply relax. A couple of minutes devoted to detaching ourselves with the noisy and cramped world around us, and focusing on ourselves and our inner strength will greatly help in preparing us for a busy day ahead. The best time for quiet time is in the morning, particularly minutes after you wake up, so that you will feel rejuvenated at the start of the day.
Find a peaceful respite
In order for your quiet time to be successful, you need to find a peaceful place where you cannot be troubled by the demands of everyday life. Although some people can maintain perfect concentration even in noisy places, like a stadium or a subway, majority of us still need a peaceful environment to begin harnessing our concentration skills.
Create a serene ambiance
If you live in an apartment full of noisy neighbors, you can play soothing and relaxing music to mask the noise. The sound of gurgling rivers, chirping birds, the rustling of leaves, and splashing of waves could help create a peaceful ambiance in an otherwise crazy and hectic living condition. Aside from tranquil music, you can also use aromatic oils and incense to help you relax and achieve a peaceful environment. The scent of peppermint will help keep your mind alert, while the fragrance of lavender will help calm your nerves.
Great ideas and solutions to difficult problems often prop up during calm and peaceful moments. Archimedes was able to discover buoyancy when he was in his tub taking a bath. So if you need to accomplish a difficult task that requires utmost concentration, go to a peaceful place and relax for a while. After a few minutes of peace and relaxation, your body and mind will be ready to take on whatever challenge that lies ahead.