Amy often tells me that I have "Amazing Powers of Concentration." If you are a Pink Floyd fan, you will get the subtle reference to a line from Nobody Home. The line is actually "And Amazing Powers of Observation", but Amy is generously applying it to my actual skill. Entertainingly (as in circus trick) I have a second amazing power – that of "total recall of the last thing someone said to me while I was concentrating on something else." I use this very effectively in my marriage.
I’ve never really understood the phrase "I’m thinking." It’s too abstract for me. I like to think I think all the time. So "I’m thinking" doesn’t feel like it applies to anything. For example, when "I’m running", it’s pretty clear what I’m doing. "I’m thinking" – not so much so.
However, "I’m concentrating" definitely means something to me. I have different levels of concentration such as:
- Extended: I’m working on something that takes many months to do like – say – raising a new venture capital fund or running a marathon in every state in the US.
- Intense: I’m working on something that takes longer than 15 minutes to do.
- Deep: I’m working on something that takes a few minutes to complete but requires a lot of mental horsepower to figure out.
As I read through the How To Concentrate article, I realized that many of the things applied to my ability to have amazing powers of concentration. The article is a short one. Read it – it should only take a few minutes. The sections are titled:
- "Concentration is the Most Important Intellectual Habit of Man."
- This ONE THING I Do
- Aids to Concentration
- Periodical Relaxation
- Mental Freedom
- The Proper Environment
- A Definite Schedule
Consider each section and what you have done to set up your life so you can have amazing powers of concentration.