Concentration and focus have been a recurring theme throughout the MKE journey. It’s no surprise that it loops again in the final thoughts of lesson 19. Haanel 19:27 “For your exercise this week, concentrate, and when I use the word concentrate I mean all the word implies; become so absorbed in the object of your thought that you are conscious of nothing else.”
I’ve struggled with this. My mind has spent moments, months and now over a year wondering various paths. I decide to focus then find my mind wandering. I’m repeatedly, gently bringing it back to the question or idea.
Suddenly I’m noticing what’s been here all along: a method for developing focus.
Og Mandino says in Scroll 4 of “The Greatest Salesman”, “I will concentrate my energy on the challenge of the moment and my actions will help me forget all else.”
Concentration of (thought or physical energy) PLUS action is apparently one key.
Going back to the early Karate Kid movie clip I see concentration means paying attention AND doing something with detailed excellence or repetition. Wax on/ wax off in the movie trained the motion, but there’s more. Waxing a car and mowing a lawn (both tasks in the movie) are tasks requiring paying attention.
What are the ramifications of living life from the perspective of tasks attentively done well?
Accomplishing fewer things on the list-of -the -day.
Each task taking a bit longer.
The peace in my heart may rise when things meeting my eye in each space actually belong in the space.
I may plan for breathing space in our schedule. Allowing more time between activities may give me time to finish and enjoy activities before moving on to the next one.
Without getting carried off into the land-of-high- expectations, I’m choosing to do one thing. I am making my bed with excellence. Taking extra minutes to tug sheets, straighten and tuck blankets and fluff pillows finishes the task the way I was taught to make the bed.
Stepping away to enjoy my beautiful bed I feel satisfied. I honestly did my best. Each time I walk through or past the bedroom I glance at that bed and feel appreciation and joy for the work I did.
Attending to the task and the moment in one area will increase my concentration capacity in other areas, too.
How have you successfully trained concentration.?