Can You Improve Your Life Without Learning How to Improve Concentration?

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Where can we go without learning how to develop concentration?

Could you accomplish life goals without truly focusing on it, like you’re just riding the wave of life but you don’t really make the effort to learn or develop.

While you may know people that you feel as if they’re just gliding through life and get what they want without trying; usually that sort of life involves a financially well-off family, powerful position, or just seemingly sheer luck.

But whatever the case is for them, the only point that matters is that they are not you, and the best thing you can do for yourself is focus on your own path.

The time you spend thinking about another person’s success is lost time you could have used to improve your own life.

Your path has many factors to it; your health, creativity, intelligence, emotional intelligence, empathy, and focus are all vital factors to developing yourself.

And if you don’t develop the ability to concentrate on these things, you’re less likely to be able to improve yourself and your life to where you want it to be.

Let’s take learning how to concentrate on your studies for instance - and I’m not talking about school, I mean concentrating on the lessons life teaches.

Just ask yourself; where would you be right now if you didn’t have the experience from your life lessons?

If you ever wondered how bad your heartbreak would be without the painful lessons you’ve been through, just think back to the first time you experienced it.

That’s basically what you’d be subjecting yourself to if you don’t learn how to improve your concentration.

Without concentrating on the lessons behind painful life experiences and learning from them, we would be left in a perpetual cycle of pain. Always back at square one.

See, your focus isn’t about the specific thing you set your mind to, that is simply the result of you focusing.

What focus really comes down to is the ability to block out the hundreds - if not thousands - of thoughts plaguing you as your attempt to accomplish something.

People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully.
— Steve Jobs

Simply put, focus is better represented as the capacity to ignore many things than it is as the ability to attend to a single thing.

It’s learning how to block all those other thoughts out that is the true vital skill to learning how to develop your concentration.

So does this answer our question of whether you could improve your life without learning how to improve concentration?

Yes, for most us concentration is vital.

While there will always be exceptions to the rule, they are not important to your life.

If you want to take your life in a better direction, you definitely need to develop the ability to focus on your health, intelligence, self-image, and all other aspects of yourself on a daily basis.

So what can you do to help yourself?

Thankfully, there are a plethora of ways to help you develop concentration,

  • Meditation:

You can consider meditation to be the equivalent of going to the gym to improve your body. Your brain is a muscle and meditation is your way of working out that muscle, and guess what, there’s a lot of benefits to that!

It helps you stay focused and on track, which is extremely important if you want to accomplish your goals and dreams.

Before you ask, meditation doesn’t have to be about not moving for hours on end - as if you’d be able to do that at the start in the first place!

No, in this case meditation can simply be focusing on a specific image in your minds eye for 5 to 10 minutes.

If you don’t know how to start meditation, there are plenty of useful meditation podcasts, or guided meditation sessions found on YouTube.

  • Diet:

One thing that impacts your ability to concentrate is the food you eat.

Research has shown us the importance of food to the brain in so many ways; from the notion that hungry judges can give harsher sentences, to a study mentioned in Roy F. Baumeister’s best selling book, “Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength” regarding a food experiment with school children that indicated better behavior when they were well-fed.

What you feed your body determines so many important aspects of your day, and it’s important to figure out what to eat to help get the most out of your day.

  • Environment:

Sights, smells, and sounds, the three ‘S’s of distraction. If you’re not going to be distracted by your thoughts, then the next likely culprit is one of these three.

If you enjoy studying at your local coffee shop, you might find the smell of fresh pastries to be one of the many ways your focus is dragged away.

If you enjoy listening to music but are never satisfied with what you’re listening to and feel the need to constantly change music, then you won’t be able to focus for any considerable amount of time.

If you enjoy sitting next to the window but keep getting off track because of some motion you see outside, that will not help you in accomplishing your tasks.

What you need to do is make sure your environment promotes focus and minimizes distractions

But what if you need something more concrete to follow and help you when it comes to studying or working? You could try the Pomodoro Technique developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 80’s.

The concept is very simple; use a timer to focus on your work in a 25 minute round, and you can take a 5 minute break after each round. After the fourth round, you take a longer 25-30 minute break.

This is a simple technique, but has become widely popular as a method of improving your productivity and concentration.

Have you tried meditation, a brain-food healthy diet, or the pomodoro technique? Let us know how it worked for you and if it helped improve your concentration in the comments down below!

There are so many great ways to help learn how to you improve your concentration; Acadoceo wrote a fantastic article on how to boost focus and avoid distractions, Dandapani’s inspiring talk at Tedx Reno, and many more options across the Internet.

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