“What you don’t do determines what you can do.” ~ Tim Ferriss, via James Clear’s Blog
Rambha (family servant) had given [Mohandas K.] Gandhi an enchanting image to describe the power of mantra. She compared the practice of mantra to the training of an elephant. “As the elephant walks through the market,” taught Rambha, “he swings his trunk from side to side and creates havoc with it wherever he goes – knocking over fruit stands and scattering vendors, snatching bananas and coconuts wherever possible. His trunk is naturally restless, hungry, scattered, undisciplined. This is just like the mind – constantly causing trouble.”
Eyes communicate priority. If you’re in a conversation with somebody who’s checking their phone, the conversation isn’t the priority.
In the martial arts school where I teach, we have 3 rules for concentration that we teach to our students: Focus your eyes; focus your mind; and focus your body.
If your eyes are focused, your mind will focus. And if your mind is focused, your body will focus. And if those three things are working together in harmony, you will have excellent concentration.
But it all starts with the eyes.
And in today’s world, it’s so easy to have unfocused eyes! Continue reading
“Nothing can add more power to your life than concentrating all your energies on a limited set of targets.” ~ Nido Qubein
“Enter every activity without giving mental recognition to the possibility of defeat. Concentrate on your strengths instead of your weaknesses, on your powers instead of your problems.” ~ Paul J. Meyer
“Concentration is born on the practice court… you must mentally treat your practice sessions as matches, concentrating on every ball you hit.” ~ Martina Navratilova
“World-class performance comes by striving for a target just out of reach, but with a vivid awareness of how the gap might be breached. Over time, through constant repetition and deep concentration, the gap will disappear, only for a new target to be created, just out of reach once again.” ~ Matthew Syed
“Mere experience, if it is not matched by deep concentration, does not translate into excellence.” ~ Matthew Syed
“When you are playing your game right on time, in the present, you perform at your best. Why? Because in the present, there is no pressure. Pressure is created by anxieties about the future and remembered failures from the past.” ~ Gary Mack, Mind Gym
“Whenever you feel yourself growing anxious, breath in energy. Breathe out negativity. Breathe in relaxation. Breathe out stress.” ~ Gary Mack, Mind Gym