Unlock The Secrets Of Successful Minds
Learn how the mind works.
Because once you know how the mind works,
You can control it.
And once you can control it,
You can harness the true potential of what your mind is capable of.
You only have 24 hours in a day. In the law of thermos dynamic states that energy neither can be created nor destroyed. It can only be transferred from one form to another. You start with 100% each day. Divide them carefully and to the things that matter. Your energy is a finite resource that needs to be wisely managed, wisely re-allocated and wisely invested. An average human sleeps 7-9 hours a day. Therefore, we are awake 15-17 hours of the day. We tend to be overwhelmed with an avalanche of tasks to complete consciously or unconsciously. Repeated every single day, 7 days a week and you realised you are stuck in a monotonous cycle.
It takes 21 days to form a habit, 90 days to create a lifestyle.
Imagine practicing our daily distractions. Checking our social media accounts, reading Facebook articles, watching the latest trending video, shopping online, pressing that snooze button for the umpteenth time… We practice our distractions until we become good at it because practice makes perfect. The power law of practice states that the logarithm of reaction time for a particular task decreases linearly with the logarithm of the number of practice trials taken. It is an example of the learning curve effect on performance. Master it and it becomes our second nature, be it a positive or a negative action.
Is technology an enormous distractor to you?
Sadly, many of us will hate to agree. So does the fault lie in technology? Are we blaming technology for becoming a bane in our lives? When the phone beeps, you rush to it. While you are having a meal with someone, you whip out your phone to use. It seems like we are slaves to our phones and “report” to it every other passing minute.
Smartphones, internet, social media platforms etc.
All of these boils down to one thing: Choice Technology in itself is not bad. In fact, technology is meant to aid mankind. We are able to explore the world, widen our horizons, connect with one another through the internet from one end of the world to the other. While technology provides us with tools of convenience, it also creates great concerns and leads to dangers like cyber bullying. You see, my friends, many of us fall prey to technology so much that it consumes us. Technology is meant to bridge the gap, not widen it. It is not meant to be as a distraction.
We have a choice. We need to be in control to have positive practices in our life so that we become masters of the positive lifestyle that we aim to lead.
So, how do we become good at concentrating? We go to the root of source – Our Mind. It is the most powerful tool we possess. All human inventions start from an idea of the mind. So, how does the Mind works?
There are two things we need to understand.
One is THE AWARENESS, the other is THE MIND.
The mind is akin to an electrical series circuit. Awareness is similar
to the light bulbs in it. The more light bulbs are in a series circuit,
the dimmer the light bulbs. It will shine the brightest if there is
only one light bulb.
Every day, society will try to input more light bulbs into your
electrical circuit and we allow it to happen. Imagine having
10 bulbs running at the same time. Either your bulbs are very
faint or you will run out of battery shortly.
To be able to concentrate Is to keep your awareness on one thing for an extended period of time. Simplify. Focus on a single task. Remove any distractors from your mind. For example, if you are doing your thesis, put your phone away. Only answer if someone calls you (emergency calls). Neither do you need to login to your social media account nor check your messages. Keep practicing on concentrating on a single thing throughout the day. Bring it to your everyday life. Continue to question yourself, “what is a great opportunity to practice concentration?” For those who have kids, practice concentration when you speak to them. Listen to them intently. Understand their concerns. Have an engaging conversation.
The benefits of concentration are limitless
In today’s society, it is a humdrum concern for a child to have difficulty in concentration. Parents are often yammering over the prevalent issue and left feeling helpless. Even a mundane task of a child having a meal can be an arduous and lengthy for some, leaving the parents adding “distractors of entertainment” like the iPad.
Therefore, the ubiquitous question is, “How can I help my child to concentrate?”
The way a child behaves is reflective to the parent. Young children are impressionable sponges who absorb behaviours and information around them. They are particularly vulnerable to being influenced by their surroundings and taking what they see, hear and observe as reality. Thus, parents being the main caregivers in their direct contact, will be their role models whom they look up to.
The CEO and co-founder of Apple is widely recognized as the man behind the microcomputer revolution and development of many of the Apple products that we use today. But did you know that Jobs had a strict technology use limit in his home for his kids? In his biography, Steve Jobs revealed that he did not allow gadgets at the dining table as he felt that it was important to spend the time reconnecting with one another instead.
This leads us back to putting the lightbulb on what our focus is, with the given amount of energy and time we have. What matters most to us. Start your day by focusing on a single light bulb. Remove unnecessary lightbulbs of distractions. Do you really need to be checking your social media accounts every hour? Do you need to watch that food review video that’s trending? Be mindful of which bulb you are lighting up. Keep training your mind every day. Practice, Practice, Practice. I can assure you that your level of concentration will be higher after 21 days.
- How we think affects how we speak.
- How we speak affects how we act.
- How we act affects how we think.
“The quickest way to do many things is to do ONE thing at a time.”
- Christopher Westra
Control your mind. You can achieve much more than you can imagine. Life is a manifestation of where your energy is flowing. If you are unable to concentrate your energy, the things that you want to manifest in your life becomes strenuous and challenging. Align your life, prioritise your tasks. Simplify your goals. Be the person you want to be.