CONCENTRATION IS THE KEY TO POWER
Considering the fact that Banard Baruch was
raised in orphanages, he lived an amazing life. He put himself
through school, graduating from college in 1889. As a member on
the New York Stock Exchange, he made a vast fortune from his
wise investments. During his lifetime, he served as the economic
advisor to seven presidents!
When asked how he managed to rise from such depths to such
heights, he gave a curious response. He said, "I learned from
the magnifying glass." He then explained, "I saw the sun's rays
fall on everyone. But the magnifying glass captures the sun's
rays, harnesses its power, focuses its energy, and brings forth
When you were a kid, did you ever use a magnifying glass to
try to set a leaf or a piece of paper on fire? It's a challenge.
Until you really get the light focused on one tiny spot, nothing
Likewise, if we want to accomplish great things, nothing much
happens until we learn to focus completely on the project at
Here are three suggestions for improving our focus:
1. Remove visual distractions
Why do we put things on top of our desks when we are not
ready to work on them? Isn't it because we don't want to forget
them? We put them in a place where they will grab our attention.
The problem is, it works!
Every time our eyes wander from the task at hand and we see
the other items, our train of thought is broken.
By using a good filing system and a daily planner, we can
reduce visual distractions and improve our focus.
2. Remove audio distractions
Beware of working with a radio or television going in the
background. Improved Reading Centers reports that audio
distractions rob people of approximately 25% of their
concentration and lower job performance accordingly.
(Note: The one exception is classical music. Listening to
classical music in the background was not found to lower job
3. Put your heart in it!
As Colossians 3:23 says, "Whatever your task, do it with
all of your heart." Whereas students often ask one another,
"How did you do on the test?" God wouldn't ask that question.
God would ask, "Did you put your heart in it?"