By Remez Sasson
People often ask me, what they can do to improve their concentration. It seems that lack of concentration is a widespread problem, irrespective of age, sex or country.
People say about lack of concentration:
- I am battling to concentrate on one thing at a time.
- My thoughts often drift to the past or the future.
- I have a habit of starting something and not finishing it.
- I lack concentration. I am unable to focus my mind on one thing for more than a few seconds.
- I procrastinate.
- It is difficult for me to focus on my studies.
- It takes a great effort to read a book.
- I always change my mind, and I am unable to follow through with my decisions.
- I try to concentrate, but soon find myself thinking about something else.
These are just few of the things people say. The common thread of their words is that they lack concentration and are unable to focus their mind on one thing at a time. Their inability to focus their mind affects their work, relationships, school and almost everything else.
Sometimes, the problem is severe, and this condition might require medical attention and advice. However,if you are an average person, who lacks concentration, but have no health problems that are the cause of the inability to concentrate, you can start practicing concentration exercises. In addition, it would be advisable, if you also strengthen your willpower and self-discipline.
There is no short and simple way to overcome lack of concentration.
You can listen to relaxing music. You can repeat affirmations. You can use hypnosis. All this might help you to some extent. However, to overcome the lack of concentration you will need to do more. You will need to train your mind. The problem is that people often lack the willpower and motivation to begin and continue with the training.
If you decide to start with a training program, don’t give up, no matter how difficult this might be.
Even if your mind keeps wandering, and you feel that you are not making progress, it is okay. You are making progress, though you might not be aware of it yet. The progress might be minor in the beginning, but it is still progress. You are changing deep subconscious habits, and this sometimes takes time.
A drop of water falls on a rock, and it seems that nothing happened, but if another drop, and still another drop falls, in time the small drops can crack the rock.
I have already written many articles about concentration, which you can find at the website and blog. If you have anything to add, suggest or share about the lack of concentration and how to overcome it, you are welcome to add your comments to this post.
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