The giants of the race have been men and women of concentration, who have struck sledge-hammer blows in one place until they have accomplished their purpose. The successful men and women of today are of one overmastering idea, one unwavering aim, men of single and intense purpose.
— Orison Swett Marden
For most of my life, I struggled with concentration. Somehow no matter how hard I tried I got distracted. Getting my dream body, my dream life, and my dream career seemed impossible.
Then I discovered why I had such a hard time concentrating. Each time I would concentrate on something, I would get impulses and distractions that would shift my attention to something else and make me fail. See if you can identify with any of these things:
- I wanted to be lean — and eat fast food and be sedentary
- I wanted to be successful — and play video games all day
- I wanted to be great at guitar—and not practice a lot
It's completely normal for us to have opposite impulses, everyone does. The problem I had was I couldn't choose which impulse to respond to. I was constantly being thrown back and forth between opposing drives and not being able to concentrate at anything.
Has this been happening to you?
- Do you find yourself starting to study and somehow end up on facebook?
- Do you start working on a project only to forget about it shortly after?
- Do you eat really clean for a few days and then undo all your efforts?
- Do you exercise for a few days then decide to skip the gym because you don't feel like it?