Week 6 – The Power of Attention

There are several related concepts here; attention, focus, concentration, determination, perseverance to name a few. They’re all so closely related and intertwined, sometimes their definitions overlap. I look at them like a family; when you marry one, you marry the family – they’re a combo-pack. Our reading this week makes the point that it’s through attention “that you will finally be able to overcome obstacles of any kind…” Haanel

He’s definitely on to something here. Attention…sounds like a simple idea but why does it seem so hard? Aren’t we implicitly taught that we should be good at multitasking, at working on several things at one time, at keeping all the balls in the air? Isn’t that what our 24 hour noise machine advises? Hmmmm….attention.

Is it just me who gets distracted and loses focus sometimes? It feels like it sometimes but when I look around that’s highly doubtful. I think of my social media feeds which are chock full of the latest and greatest new discovery which comes with a ground floor opportunity. Some of the same folks who are always hawking a pre-launch start-up based on an amazing new technology which only induces whiplash upon my psyche’. Sometimes I wonder what they could really accomplish if the paid attention to a single business for any length of time. We may never know.

My brain says paying more attention is sound advice. Now, how to implement said advice may take some contemplation. I can think of several areas where I can be better at this. Right off the top of my head, I can reduce distractions, focus on a single task at a time, plan my work better, say “no” more often to some projects. It seems like the possibilities are plentiful. I’m sure with the added contemplation I can come up with more this is a great starting point.

It just occurred to my I’ve paid attention to this post about paying attention long enough to put my thoughts down in this post. Progress, no? I’ll take it for now and add in some focus, concentration, determination and perseverance. Welcome to the journey. See you at the finish line! NGU!

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9 thoughts on “Week 6 – The Power of Attention

  1. Deanna Becket

    Oh, I so relate to your distraction of “other” opportunities constantly bombarding our psyche! It’s time to get away from FB for a time while we retrain our subby! I am glad I am not the only one struggling with focus. You will master this! Keep up the practice!

  2. rukario71

    Attention begets focus, as Haanel states: “The power of attention can be more readily understood by comparing it with a magnifying glass in which the rays of sunlight are focused; they possess no particular strength as long as the glass is move about and the rays directed from one place to another; but let the glass be held perfectly still and let the rays be focused on one spot for any length of time, the effect will become immediately apprent.”

    I have had personal experience with this principal, the immediate result was a burn on my hand. While I don’t recommend that. Another method is contact paper, preferably a dark color, and a magnifying glass. Results become quite apparent very quickly.

    Focusing our energy through thought is just as powerful, and can lead to some very profound results.

    Wonderful blog, thanks for sharing. :)

    Onward and Upward,


  3. masterkeyelicia

    Hi Dennis, Thank you for sharing your post with me. Whatever I am paying attention to ,that’s what my intention is, my mind keeps focusing, and then getting distracted, then back, then forward, hopefully it will all make sense in the end, hee hee hee.


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