The Power of Concentration

The Power of Concentration

Do you ever find yourself wondering why some succeed at a certain task while others don’t? Training aside, would you believe me if I told you that much of success has to do with your ability to focus your mind and concentrate on one task at a time?

From mundane daily tasts and all the way to manifesting larger things in life, this happens at every level. Let’s explore this in more detail…

In today’s high paced world, one of the biggest challenges for most of us is to keep our mind quiet and focused even if for a few moments sometimes! Think about it…

From TV commercials, highway billboards, cell phones ringing, traffic, newspapers, radio, documents and files at work – and yes, the Internet, social media and the like, we’re being bombarded most every minute of the day with all kinds of information. Hey, we are living in the Information Age after all!  🙂

Now let’s see what goes on inside our brains… like an overworked librarian classifying information and organizing books at ultra speed, our brains are constantly struggling to decide what to let “in”, what to keep, what to file, what to ignore, and what to discard completely. On top of that, there are the subjective thoughts that go on in our minds on automatic… you know, the kinds of thoughts such as the argument with your partner this morning, taking the car for an oil change, paying the bills, the PTA meeting tomorrow morning, picking the suit up from the cleaners, deadlines at work, etc. etc. And then again, while all of this is happening, we are supposed to perform at work and at home… Wow! No wonder we feel exhausted at the end of the day!

Something similar happens when we are trying to manifest a larger goal.  You see, we’ve heard plenty of times about the power of thought, and how we can give life to our thoughts and create physical things. After all, every single thing was first conceived as a thought. These are the very principles of the law of attraction… we get what we think about most of the time… right? But with scattered thoughts it is close to impossible to manifest anything.

“Concentration, in its truest, unadulterated form,
means the ability to focus the mind on one single solitary thing.” 

~ Komar

Due to all of this, we must consider this vital element that too many people overlook when trying to get a daily task done or manifesting something larger. It is called concentration or focused attention, and when you think about it, this element cannot be ignored if what you want is to take a thought from your mind into physical form, be it delivering a report on time or the 2 week Greek island cruise you’ve been dreaming of for a while.

When you learn to firmly concentrate all of your attention on one particular thought or thing at a time, all of your thoughts and actions are on target with your one specific goal. Now, this does not mean that you just concentrate in one thing day in and day out until it’s completed and ignore all others. What it means is to focus ALL of your attention when you are at something, even if it takes just a few minutes. For instance, you focus your attention 100% to write your report when you sit down to write it. Yiu leave every other thing out of your mind while you write it, however long it takes. Then, you can dedicate 15 minutes of complete focus to visualizing your Greek cruise later in the day.

Realize that the secret is to use the power of concentration while you are doing a task, instead of letting your mind wander into other things while you’re at it. Got it?

Once you discover that the ability to focus your attention on one thing at a time is one of the best things you can do to prevent fatigue, overwhelm, and unnecesary stress, you’ll understand how trying to tackle several things at once has hindered your performance as well as your manifesting efforts. You’ll also clearly see why you’ve been getting the kind of results that you’ve got.

At this point it is safe to say that you must make the learning of focus and concentration a priority. Is that right?

The good news is that concentration is not something you’re born with but a skill that can be learned. Learning to control your mind and get focused could mean the difference between living aimlessly and living on purpose.

Do I have your attention now?

As you waste less time you experience faster results… And if that wasn’t enough, you also become more efficient because your mind is not being bugged with useless thoughts (what shirt whould I wear tomorrow? – kind of thoughts.) As a result, your fresher and less cluttered mind starts going on override, which will get you new ideas that you couldn’t have thought of when your thoughts were all scattered and your mind cluttered.

How’s that for increasing your performance, manifesting, and achievement?

One of my favorite New Thought Movement authors, Theron Q. Dumont (William Walker Atkinson), author of “Personal Magnetism“, “Practical Memory Training” and yes, The Power of Concentration among several others, wrote…

“It is of the utmost value to learn how to concentrate.”

To succeed at anything you must be able to concentrate your entire thought upon the idea you are working on. You must be able to set all other tasks and obligations aside – for the time being. Know that the person that is able to concentrate utilizes all constructive thoughts and shuts out all destructive ones.

The greatest man would accomplish nothing if he lacked concentration. There is actually nothing that you cannot achieve when you dominate the power of concentration!

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Covert Hypnosis

Covert Hypnosis

Learn the Art of Persuasion

What if you could communicate a message to your partner, child, co-worker -and even your boss- in a way that they take action and follow your command without confrontation, argument or resistance of any kind?

If you think this sounds too good to be true, this article will prove to be quite interesting to you…

Covert Hypnosis, is one of the most successful models of persuasion. It is a very specific form of hypnosis in which the person exerting it communicates a subtle message with a specific intent and without the other person consciously being aware of it. For this to happen, the person using Covert Hypnosis must bypass the conscious mind of the person listening, and talk directly to their subconscious mind during a casual conversation.

Dr. Milton H. Erickson

Also known as Conversational, Underground or Street Hypnosis, this model of hypnosis was developed by Dr. Milton Hyland Erickson and it is considered one of the most effective techniques used today within the whole range of Ericksonian Hypnosis techniques.

In Covert Hypnosis, Dr. Erickson combined traditional hypnosis with NLP and other behavioral methodologies to order and command the subconscious mind through story telling or metaphors in a very persuasive manner. When metaphors and symbols are used, the mind gets conditioned to adapt to predetermined changes at a gradual pace.

An interesting fact is that Erickson developed this method initially as a self-help technique. Later in his life, he used his personal experience and his professional experience combined -while working with schizophrenic patients- to create the more comprehensive and revolutionary technique we know today for its unconventional effectiveness. The  technique is called Covert Hypnosis.

Due to his technique, Dr. Milton H. Erickson is regarded as a prominent figure in psychotherapy, right along with Dr. Carl Jung and Dr. Sigmund Freud.

Born in 1901 in a small town of Nevada, USA, Erickson faced several challenges while growing up. From being color blinded to mild dyslexia, his biggest challenge was having been stricken with polio at the age of 17, which confined him to his bed and a wheel chair most of the time. His eagerness to get out and see the world got him into using his mind to visualize himself doing the things he wanted to do. He spent so much time day dreaming that eventually he ended up inducing self-trance at will. While in that state, Erickson taught himself to walk again and eventually succeeded.

How does Covert Hypnosis work?

The main characteristic of Covert Hypnosis is that a specific conversation is loaded with embedded suggestions that provide precise instructions with a definite intention and that are unrecognizable by the conscious mind of the targeted individual.

An embedded suggestion is a repetitive suggestion that is hidden in the context of a conversation of an assortment of words. The statements that contain the embedded suggestion vary in wording and meaning; however, the suggestion itself is focused on a particular aspect you want for the individual to do.

One interesting aspect of this hypnotic technique is that results are almost instant, are readily realizable and better suited for applications outside the therapist’s office. In other words, this technique can be learned and used by everyday people just like you and me.

The Four Stages of Covert Hypnosis

If you want to become a great conversational hypnotist, you must learn and follow the following four stages. With practice, you will gain the ability to send your subject into an hypnotic trance without them being aware of it!

  • Attention
    Practice gaining your subject’s attention while talking to him/her about something of interest to them. A way to do this is to ask questions that peak curiosity about a subject of high interest to the person. The important step is to gain their attention so they are focused on your talk 100%.
  • Bypassing the Critical Factor
    The critical factor is the filter of the conscious mind that is in charge of analyzing every bit of information that comes from the world around us. This step is essential for Covert Hypnosis to work effectively. The subject must agree with you and accept your suggestions without questioning what you are saying. This means you should bypass their filter to talk to their subconscious mind.
  • Activation of the Unconscious Response
    In this stage the subject reacts to your conversation from an unconscious level. When the response evokes emotion is much more powerful. Examples of this are changes in position, watery eyes, forceful swallowing, rapid blinking and changes in breathing pattern.
  • Lead to a Desired Action or Response
    Once you recognize the unconscious response it will be very easy to lead them to your intended outcome. That outcome can be the modification of a thought process, a desired course of action, an idea or anything that you know will help the subject in any particular area of his life.

Many studies have been performed since Dr. Erickson developed this technique and it’s been proven time and again that the Covert Hypnosis method stands the test of time. Embedding suggestions works effectively regardless of age, culture and gender; and it works for a variety of purposes and goals.

Marketers have been incorporating Conversational Hypnosis in their sales letters; sales people in their pitches and many wise leaders have used the technique as well. It is of the out-most importance to maintain ethics and never to use this technique as a way to manipulate people to our advantage or with a selfish purpose in mind. Please use it responsibly!

Having said that, the technique can be used to break bad habits, improve relationships, and come to agreements that create win-win scenarios of all kinds, both at the personal and at the professional level.

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Get Focused

Get Focused

Stay Focused!

Busy, busy, busy…  On any given day, you pick up the phone while cooking and watching the news on TV. On your kitchen table, your laptop has a dozen browser windows open -since you just got up for a moment to get the phone and check on the stew- all while gazing at the wall clock often and thinking of the time you need to pick your kids up from school to take them to their dental appointment… oh, but wait a second, you still need to drop that report at the office before 3 PM, and you haven’t finished it yet… you better go back to your laptop now… Oh, wow… it just started raining… let’s hope there is no traffic on the freeway!

Do you relate? This scenario is not uncommon at all. Many of us have extra busy schedules and often jump from one task to another in a mindless way, as if wanting to be more productive when in reality the result is the quite the opposite. And, on closer observation, it is not hard to notice that people who live in this kind of “overdrive” are not happy, no matter how successful they may appear at accomplishing things. Is not that they lack drive or desire after all, do they?

What they do lack -in fact- is the ability to get focused and stay focused!

“The shorter way to do many things is to do only one thing at a time.” 

~ Mozart

Truth be told, switching between different tasks or trying to attend to a multitude of obligations simultaneously will sooner or later lead to things half done, sloppy jobs, burn-out, mental stress, frustration, and unhappiness. Thus, in order to get things done, do them right, and eventually attain satisfaction and happiness from a “job well done”, we must go back to basics: We need to remember to get focused, stay focused, and learn to do it habitualy. Once we do this, our minds will be more productive, more tasks will be accomplished, fewer errors will be made, and we’ll be happier and more relaxed.

Moreover, getting focused has a lof of influence on the positive outcome of a wish, a desire, a plan or a goal.

While willpower, motivation, the promise of rewards, and self-discipline can help us keep things on track, learning to get focused carries the heaviest of the weight when it comes to successful outcomes of whatever it is that we wish to get done.

Simply said, being able to give a task or goal the unwavering and focused attention it deserves will result in its successful completion, and the sense of satisfaction that comes when something is well done. In the same way, lack of focus would undoubtedly render the wish, the desire, the plan, or the goal a failure or partial success at best, regardless of motivation, willpower and self-discipline.

Therefore, to become more successful in general, getting focused is a quality that we all must learn and nourish, especially as the world around us keeps on getting busier and busier. The benefits are plentiful once you learn to get focused and stay focused to get things done right.

Once you decide to harnes the power of getting focused and learn how to commit to one task at a time, you’ll notice that your thinking processes will be more effective, and you will find yourself getting much more done in less time, which frees your time to do the other tasks just as well. Interesting paradox, don’t you think?

After all, our minds can only effectively handle and influence one thing at a time. Effectively is the main keyword in this sentence. As easy as multitasking may seem, it usually leads to failure of completing one or more goals… or getting all of your goals accomplished half way.

Much has been said about the connection between a person’s mind and the way his or her life shapes up. In the words of Zig Ziglar, “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” Learning to get focused then, can have a positive impact in your life. As you train your mind to focus on one direction at a time, you will be able to determine your outcomes, enjoy free time, and reach success after success.

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Focus and Concentration

The Power of 

Focus and Concentration

Let’s face it. In this fast-paced world where multi-tasking has become a necessity more than a quality to brag about, it’s becoming more and more difficult to keep our focus and concentration on one subject at a time. There are just too many things going on around us, in our “to-do” list and many thoughts going on in our mind at any given time!

Most of us are constantly stuffing ideas, suggestions, problems and solutions in our brains -all at the same time- while trying to perform efficiently and take care of the obligations and responsibilities of our daily life.

As if this wasn’t enough, the self-talk is going on automatic, prejudging, commenting, and offering opinions on a multitude of things, as we keep on recalling memories we had stored a while back!

Wow, we do have and incredible mind indeed, but no wonder we keep on forgetting things as we keep on relying on SMART phones, sticky notes, and Google calendar reminders just to keep up!

What’s worrisome is that abusing our minds in this manner can back-fire big time. Statistics say that people who have a scattered mind are more prone to distraction and accidents. Just think of what’s happened to a person who chose a CD to play while he was on the phone and driving at the same time, and you’ll see what I mean.

Moreover, we frequently think about things that are not important or even necessary. These things occupy too much space in our minds which hinder the proper development of focus and concentration. Thinking about many things at once, makes us more prone to forgetting the things that really matter; those that are of importance right now, in the present moment. Worse yet, this kind of scattered thinking acts as a distraction that prevents proper focus and concentration to achieve our goals on a daily basis AND on a grander scale!

Losing your mind yet?

No worries. Let’s start by asking a couple of questions… What can we do about this? How can we filter out all the unnecessary, unimportant, redundant, and even negative thoughts so that we can focus on the present moment, on what is truly important, and on what needs to be done right now?

We can start by learning about focus and concentration; a skill that can be a determining factor between being calm while getting ahead or feeling cluttered, stuck and anxious most of the time.

Learning to focus and concentrate takes both, time and determination but it can be done with a bit of practice and the results are well worth the effort. Here are a few points to start exercising this great power:

The first step to train your brain to focus on one thing at a time starts with basic relaxation. This is because it is impossible for a stressed and anxious mind to focus and concentrate! The more things you have in your mind at any given time, the more stress you accumulate, so you must work on eliminating what is not important and prioritizing what is. This alone will start improving your focus and concentration.

When you relax, you ease tension and nervousness. This way you can free your mind to think clearer and focus on what matters most. The best practice to induce relaxation is proper breathing, but before getting to that, you must work on your awareness.

You see, many people are so busy at “being busy” that they don’t even realize what is going on in their minds. They just live stressed and fall for the belief that life is just like it is and there is not much they can do. This is completely false! We can decide to develop a focused mind and work at it to our benefit.

Thus, the next time you feel tense, make an effort to become aware of your state and your feelings. Notice all the noise that is going on in your mind, and ask yourself what is bothering you or keeping you stressed. Take a few deep breaths. Exhale slowly while bringing an image of something that gives you joy and peace while you let go of those things that agitate and stress you.

You may feel that if you let go of your thoughts in this manner, you will forget important things. In fact, when you relax your mind for a few moments, you end up with more clarity afterward which naturally leads to easier focus and concentration. So, no worries… Just let go…

There are actually many ways to relax and de-stress your mind. Some people prefer music, while others rather take a walk. The practice of your choice is not important as long as you relax in a way that you deem fit; in a way that you feel comfortable and are familiar with.

Take a few moments to get rid of all the things that are invading your mind – hang-ups, resentments, worries, troubles, and even day-dreaming. Next, start bringing the thoughts one by one and set priorities. Free your mind of all worthless stuff while you do this. You will be surprised at the many things you were thinking about that didn’t require that much thinking… Really!

Proceed to take a few more deep breaths to start from a clean slate with the real priorities in mind, one at a time, from a new perspective, in a fresh environment. Don’t overwhelm yourself. Overwhelm destroys your attempts at learning focus and concentration. If you ended up with many important things and are afraid you may forget a few, jot them down, prioritize yet again and tackle them in order of importance over a few hours, days — or weeks!

Notice how you feel now that your priorities are more organized and manageable. This is the very first step to getting rid of unnecessary stress and from that point on it’ll be much easier to get and stay focused when you need it or on a regular basis.

Above it all, be patient. Just like learning math or to ride a bike, sharpening your concentration and focus requires determination and will, but the benefits to your mental and physical health are well worth it. Go for it!

 

Hypnosis

Hypnosis

Hypnotherapy -also called stage hypnosis- is the practice of persuading a person through relaxed focus and concentration with the goal of achieving a specific and definite purpose. The goal is to reduce awareness of the surrounding environment in order to enhance the person’s focus and acceptance of suggestions that are meant for improving a specific area of life. One example is using hypnosis to treat physical pain.

This form of therapy is also a wonderful technique to help you achieve your goals in life, because during hypnosis you are able to set aside your limiting beliefs about a certain area in life. These limiting beliefs are the ones that create blocks that prevent you from achieving the goals that you have set in your conscious mind.

Increasing one’s income or making more money is a common situation that many would like to achieve. Let’s say that you want to double what you make in a year. You have set your goals and “know” -at the conscious level- that it is very possible.

You have prepared yourself, studied, improved your “know-how,” and you feel very capable, yet for some reason it is not happening.

Since you’ve never made more than a certain amount in a year, and your limiting belief has set roots in your subconscious mind, you must break free from that belief before you can prosper. You may also be carrying beliefs that are not even yours, beliefs that were a part of your environment and the people in your immediate circle of influence while you were growing up!

Hypnosis has become more popular in recent years because it works! It can be learned by most everybody. From weight loss, to pain management; and from smoking cessation to manifesting financial abundance, it can be successfully to improve many areas of your life.

Yes, you too can change or modify limiting beliefs, behaviors or habits with this technique!

Here is another fact that not too many know about: Hypnosis is a normal state of consciousness that we go into and out of during our day to day activities. Hypnosis happens when we are relaxed, and for the most part we are not even aware when we enter this state.

A good example of this is the state of detachment that can take place while we drive. All of a sudden we realize we’ve arrived to our intended destination but can’t remember what route we took. Has this happened to you?

Note that in cases like this one, your conscious mind has been completely aware and ready to intervene if needed, such as if the car in front of you made an abrupt stop. However, your brain waves have been in the alpha state, a state of hypnosis in which the subconscious mind is highly suggestible to bits of information.

We all can be influenced by suggestions when we are hypnotized, but only if we give consent. This makes hypnosis a great technique for behavior modification and personal improvement in a variety of areas. We can get rid of negative patterns that have us stuck in situations that create blockages for our personal growth.

Have you ever watched a movie in which you were so much into the story that you forgot you were at the movie theater? If so, you were in trance. This can also happen when you get absorbed at work, watching a sunset and even listening to Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. Anything that grabs your full attention involves being in trance.

Do you prefer pink lemonade or a certain brand of soda? Advertisers know the power of suggestion and use this in their commercials. This is how we develop our shopping tendencies!

The Myths of Hypnosis

Before we talk more about the benefits that we can obtain through hypnosis, let us debunk the three main myths about this state of consciousness:

  • You will be giving away your power; you can become a slave to another person’s desires.
  • You can do something against your moral code, like stealing.
  • You can remain under hypnotic state indefinitely losing your ability to “wake up.”

None of these are true. You always have full control, and will never do anything against your core beliefs or morals. Also, you won’t be able to be hypnotized against your will, and nobody will have the power to control your mind under hypnosis.

Moreover, if you do not reinforce the suggestions given to you when under hypnosis, they will be just temporary. This is why repetition is key for long term success.

The Benefits of Hypnosis

Hypnosis is mainly used to help cure a variety of physical and psychological ailments as well as to change behaviors that have the potential to be harmful. It’s been documented that hypnotherapy can be used effectively for migraine relief, and to treat insomnia. Even destructive habits like drinking, smoking, and overeating have been treated successfully with hypnotherapy.

Other useful applications of hypnosis include goal setting, concentration and focus, developing self-confidence and raising self-esteem, eliminating fear of public speaking, and yes, it can even be used to get rid of subconscious blocks that may be preventing you from creating abundance in your life!

It is important to mention that some of the most significant successes with hypnotherapy have been observed in the treatment of a multitude of fears and phobias, for stress management, and for memory improvement.

This technique has also been used in the medical profession as a substitute for anesthesia. As unbelievable as this may sound, it has proven effective in numerous cases as documented. You may find it interesting to read this story published by Time magazine in December of 1956.

Three Interesting Historic Facts…

Sigmund Freud resorted to hypnosis early during the 20th century but then abandoned it to further enhance psychoanalysis, another form of mental healing.

Dr. James Braid (1795-1860) was the Scottish surgeon that started to use hypnotherapy instead of traditional anesthetics.

Milton H. Erickson (1901-1980), American psychiatrist and psychologist, is widely acknowledged as the “Father of Modern Hypnotherapy” (Ericksonian Hypnosis)

Five Components Needed for Hypnosis

To induce hypnosis, five components must be present:

  • You must want to be hypnotized.
  • You must be willing to relax and follow directions.
  • You must let go and concentrate in the session for the time being.
  • You must be willing to  visualize and use your imagination.
  • You must be willing to listen and accept suggestions.

You do not always need an hypnotherapist to achieve results. You can learn to hypnotize yourself to reach a variety of goals and it is not complicated at all. This is called self-hypnosis and when used frequently it can help you modify certain behaviors effectively by yourself.

The Interactions between Conscious Mind and Subconscious Mind

The subconscious mind is not reasoning mind. It cannot tell the difference between “yes” and “no.” It follows direction from the facts gathered by the conscious mind.

When you listen to a suggestion during hypnosis, your conscious mind determines –based on your beliefs and values- if the action passes to your subconscious mind or not. If it does, the subconscious mind just takes in the information as a fact. If you do this often, you retrain your subconscious and change happens.

Differences between the Conscious Mind and the Subconscious Mind

The conscious mind is like the tip of an iceberg. It is about 10% of your whole mind. It is logical and analytical and the place of “working memory” meaning, we go throughout life according to the memories of our experiences.

It is at work during your daily activities and even right now, as you read this. Your subconscious mind is the 90% of the iceberg that you can’t see because it is -analogically speaking- “under water.”

Like the iceberg, this part is responsible to keep us afloat, meaning keeping our vital functions going, like our heart beating, our eyes blinking, and our longs breathing all of the time, without us having to think about this.

It’s also a storage of data and all bits of information that compose our unique human experience and make us who we are. Your choosing and conscious decisions are influenced by the data stored and the information drawn from your subconscious mind.

The subconscious mind is creative, emotional, intuitive, playful, spontaneous, and authentic. Imagine it just like a child. The conscious mind -on the contrary- is rational, analytical and a problem solver, just like a parent. The conscious mind represents will power, while the subconscious mind represents irrationality. To better understand this, let’s use an example. Let’s say that you want to lose weight.

You consciously have the will power; unfortunately it rarely lasts. Yet your subconscious mind is irrational, so it can “make you” feel slender when given proper suggestions, and when you believe it, you become it. It’s something like daydreaming, it can last longer when reinforced because it “behaves” like a child at play.

As you have learned, the subconscious mind is highly suggestible, so whatever “wrong” programming we have going can be modified. This is why hypnosis can work wonders, and at the same time –like a two-edged sword- we must be very careful and aware of our self-talk.

If you constantly think -or say to yourself- that you are fat, ugly and a failure, this is the programming that you are installing in your subconscious mind.

When you become aware of this, you can easily guess the results you will get when your conscious mind draws from this source of information to perform on a daily basis!

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