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Telling yourself that you cannot concentrate, actually, weakens your concentration. It makes you believe that you cannot concentrate, and you don’t even try to improve this ability.
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When you focus your attention on anything, be alert, and when you find yourself thinking on something else, try to stay patient, and bring your mind back to the subject again and again.
Keep telling yourself that you can make your focus better, especially when doing something that requires focus. Don’t listen to the doubts that your mind brings up.
In order to improve your concentration you need to train it, like any other skill. If you persevere, and are earnest enough, you will be able to focus your mind on anything you want.
If there is something that is distracting your attention, such as emotional problems or unresolved business problems, tell your mind that all these problems can wait for a little while, and that you will attend to them after you finish what you are doing.
Jumping from one thing to another will only teach your mind to be inattentive and lose attention quickly. This kind of mental restlessness can be tiring in the long run.
When you need to carry out a task that requires sustained focus, sit down, and try to relax your body for a few moments.
If you feel stress and tension while studying, working, or doing anything that requires attention, stop for a few moments, and take a few deep breaths. This will relax your body and mind.
Often, when you remember, try to fix your attention on whatever you happen to be doing at the moment. While eating, focus on the food your eating. When exercising, focus on the movements of your body. When talking, focus on the conversation, and when working, focus on your work.
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