With the following simple methods and tips, you will learn how to increase concentration power which will create laser sharp focus and allow you to learn more in less time. My best friend, a professional guitarist, gave me these tips and I wanted to share them with you because they are completely relevant in succeeding in your business.
If you’ve ever tried learning anything, you know how overwhelming it can be. There’s just SO much to absorb; so much information is swamping your mind, and you just don’t even feel like continuing. I know how you feel. It’s discouraging. It’s simply not a good strategy.
This is how it feels for most people learning a new skill. But it doesn’t have to be this way. There’s a few simple methods that may seem completely common sense to you, that you’ll easily wonder why you didn’t think of it in the first place. Let’s begin!
Tip #1: Focus is Power
How do you eat a loaf of bread? One slice at a time. Common sense, right? Well for some reason most of us approach learning a new skill with exactly the opposite approach: consuming it all at once. No wonder we get overwhelmed!
Focus is power. When we scatter our focus on the millions of nuances we need to perfect to build a complete skill, our brain gets overloaded. We feel overwhelmed and it seems like an insurmountable wall 1000 feet high. The more you take on at once, the more stress and anxiety you will feel. Wouldn’t it be great to feel relaxed and enjoy the process while you’re learning a new skill?
Instead, you need to break down the skill into tiny, bitesize pieces that you can become a master at, one at a time. This allows you to focus all of your attention and concentration on ONE thing. Where your attention goes, energy flows. Concentrated energy allows you to learn at super fast speeds. The paradox is that you think you are learning slower by taking it step by step, but in fact you are progressing much much faster overall.
It’s much more effective to practice a skill 5 times a day for 5 minutes than it is to practice once a day for 25 minutes. We naturally tend to lose concentration after 15 minutes or so if we haven’t trained ourselves to focus this long. Repetition is the mother of skill.
Tip #2: Resolve Problems Immediately
Fix a problem as soon as you encounter it. If you leave it, or procrastinate, you’re basically training yourself to learn the skill the wrong way. Fix it right now so you are doing it correctly the first time around. It’s much harder to unlearn a skill and then relearn it again the right way. You don’t want that frustration, trust me.
For example, if you’re trying to learn touch typing, instead of ignoring the fact you keep messing up on the far-reaching keys, resolve the issue right away and focus on perfecting your movement to each key you’re having trouble with, UNTIL it’s perfect. Don’t move on until you’ve mastered it. Once you’ve learned it perfectly, there’s no need going back EVER. You’re done. Now you can move on to the next thing.
Tip #3: Always Work On The Worst Part
Nobody wants to be uncomfortable, but the fact is the only way you get better is to challenge yourself and step outside your comfort zone. Your skill or product is only as good as its worst part. By focusing on improving the worst part, you are constantly raising the bar and improving its quality. If you just focus on what’s easy, you’re just repeating what you already know. That’s why it’s easy.
When you improve the worst part of something, you will soon see other parts that need improving that you before might of thought were really good. It’s all relative.
By learning how to increase concentration power and applying these simple but effective methods, you can master anything you want to in a much shorter period of time instead of struggling and getting nowhere, with a fraction of the results.