On a clear bright sunny day, I took a powerful magnifying glass and a stack of newspapers and went outside for an experiment. I Held the magnifying glass over a pile of crumpled pages. Even though I was magnifying the power of the sun’s rays through the glass lens, it didn’t start a fire as long as I kept moving the glass. But when I held the magnifying glass still, allowing it to focus the rays in a concentrated beam of sun energy, I harnessed the power of the sun and it multiplied through the lens – starting a fire.
Eagles fly alone at high altitude and not with sparrows or other small birds. No other bird can get to the height of the eagle. Eagles have strong vision. They have the ability to focus on something up to five kilometers away. When an eagle sites his prey, he narrows his focus on it and set out to get it. No matter the obstacles, the eagle will not move his focus from the prey until he grabs it.
Our brains are finely attuned to distraction, so today’s digital environment makes it especially hard to focus. “Distractions signal that something has changed,” says David Rock, co-founder of theNeuroLeadership Institute and author of Your Brain at Work(HarperCollins, 2009). Multitasking is quite an important skill, but it has a downside. “It reduces our first rate intelligence, literally dropping our IQ,”– Rock. “. One of today’s most-focused athletes is swimmer Michael Phelps. He is truly a great athlete.
In order to achieve his goals, Phelps has been training for years, learning the techniques of swimming and building up his body. He began competing when he was only seven-years-old. To concentrate on one thing for that many years and to train an additional four years after having already won seven golds indicate great focus and determination.
How to focus
- Always have a to do (goal):
Always have a goal of what to do. I personally do not go through a day without making a big list or a goal I need to accomplish or do – it might be a mental trigger, but I always work stronger, better and faster when I have a pre-written list of everything I need to.
- Always wake up early:
Getting up an hour or so earlier than normal may seem like torture. But learn to push yourself push yourself to buy more time. Someone said great men are early risers – this time in the morning when everyone else is sleeping is the best time to go and knock things off the to-do list more quickly, without other people around to distract you or get in your way.
- Don’t multi task:
Research conducted at Stanford University found that multitasking is less productive than doing a single thing at a time. The researchers also found that people who are regularly bombarded with several streams of electronic information cannot pay attention, recall information, or switch from one job to another as well as those who complete one task at a time. So pick one at a time.
Finally, focus works with your power of thought! Try it and ignite your wandering ideas.