“The only reason men fail is broken focus.” -Mike Murdock
We all thought that technology was meant to simplify our lives. But it appears that it has created its own problems. With information overload and paralysis of analysis, our time is more consumed than ever before. This has added to stress and distress in our daily affairs. Stress cost U. S. economy 2 billion dollars in unproductive time.
Why are the most productive people scatter-brained? And how can we get out of this quicksand?
The answer lies in our complex three-pound organ called the brain. This organ of the mind has segments which tend to function independently. Thus it is an organ that is still trying to understand itself. We have the left brain, right brain, the mid-brain and the hind brain. Focus is the only thing that centers all in one harmonious function. Without focus things fall apart. This is why 95% of people who buy motivational materials never even open it. This is the same 5% that achieve (financial) success.
Liken the brain to a family (a composite of different blocks of matter). For the sake of simplicity take the Man to be the intellectual left brain. The Wife is the intuitive right brain. The mid-brain and the hind-brain are the two children. As long as everybody is doing their own little thing, the family will be in disarray and success becomes remote because of lack of harmony. United, the family stands; divided they fall. So is the individual who does not even realize this because most of the programming happens on a subconscious level away from perceived reality. People who are successful has mastered the laws of mental concentration–the difference between the rich and the rest. It those not matter whether they know about these laws or not.
To illustrate further, let’s use the making of music. Take symphony orchestra for example. All instruments fit into four categories. The violin–this is the man or the intellectual brain; the back-up violin–this is the helpmate, the woman or the intuitive brain; the viola and the cellar are the two kids–mid and hind brain. When the musical instruments are in tune and playing in harmony, we have a perfect music with beautiful rhythm and melody. If not, we have a dis-concordant noise. At this point, the orchestra failed the audience when it fails to perform. This is where constant practice (or rehearsal) prevents poor performance. The same principle applies to the orchestra of your brain. Success is not based on chance but choice. It is a learnable skill just like music practice. Mozart echoed this idea when he said that he learned and studied his classical music from other composers that had gone before him.
Most procrastination and paralysis of analysis is due to fear. Paralysis of analysis is a product of indecision based on knowledge overload. One of my bosses used to say ‘being paralyzed by your own analysis.’ At this point, the brain cannot go further. Some people call it a knowledge paradox. You seem to be spinning your wheels. Each time you want to make a move, your circuit will break. This is because humans are like water they tend to follow the line of least resistance. Thus when the brain is overwhelmed by too much information or stimuli, it shuts down and indecision takes over. A confused mind never does anything. And not doing anything is the easiest way to get nowhere. This reminds me of the rocking chair; it moves you around but takes you nowhere.
The part of the main part of the brain responsible for this phenomenon is at the mid-brain. This emotional brain has an almond-shaped area called the amygdala. The amygdala is at the cross-road of the right, left and hind brain. It seems to be the pivot of the law of attraction in the brain. This is also the spot that control the emotion of fear. Amygdala believes that it is there to protect each one of us. It prevents us from taking risk whenever we try to embark on a new project or wander into the unknown. This structure works hard to keep us in the comfort zone of inactivity, self-limiting beliefs, indecision and procrastination. This is the basis of inertia. Unconscious beliefs are all fear-based. Unless we have enough will power or inspiration to break-away from its mold, things will remain the same even without our knowing it. In life, reality is nothing; perception is everything. This is where we must apply repetitive, positive and conscious programming to overcome this conflicting brain wave patterns. The Asians called this beta-brain wave pattern ‘the monkey charter.’ You must change these conflicting waves by conscious, perpetual, practice of meditation to alpha-brain wave pattern that is responsible for creativity and productivity. I heard Robert Allen once said that our million dollars is one inch outside our comfort zone. What is that one thing you don’t like to do that seems to be holding you back? Your breakthrough is always outside your breaking point. When you stretch your brain, you stretch your thinking. And because nature abhors vacuum, you automatically increase your capacity to receive from the abundant universe surrounding you. Why? Because the brain once stretched, does not go back to its original dimension. That’s how you move to the next dimension of achievement and success.
Successful people do one thing to perfection while failures do several things at the same time. Successful people understand energy and its laws and harness it to their advantage by eliminating conflicting thoughts. This is how laser is formed. This concentrated and supercharged light can be used to cut six inches of steel, produce printers, read bar code, and perform laser surgery. You must channel your mental energy–both with words (affirmation) and pictures (visualization).
Focus is the concentration on one task with the exclusion of the confounding variables. If you don’t organize and center yourself, you scatter and agonize yourself. You must focus your goals with laser sharp clarity if you must achieve them.
I have coined seven components of focus:
- No tension