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March 29th, 2009

How Long Can You Concentrate?

Imagine this: You’re sitting before your computer working on a project. Perhaps it’s a book, an email, or an article. Or you’re doing research.

The phone rings.

Do you answer it?

A new email chimes.

Do you immediately read it?

A text message arrives.

Do you look at it and reply?

Your wife or husband or child enters.

Do you stop everything you are doing and answer their questions?

Question: How easily are you distracted?

The other day I was reading that the average person can only concentrate on one thing for about five minutes.

He’s got so many gadgets and gizmos that he can never rest or relax mentally. The cell phone, blackberry and ipod is always with him. He sleeps with them at his side. Cannot go for a walk without them. Or attend a movie or concert.

Can’t eat a meal with his family without looking at his gadget.

Now, I am NOT saying you should get rid of all your gadgets. I’m not saying to stop using technology.

What I’m saying is that peace of mind, happiness and the ability to achieve your goals has a lot to do with how long you can concentrate on one thing.

And if you can’t go for a walk, watch a movie or have dinner with family or friends without constantly checking your tweets and text messages – if you can’t leave all your gadgets at home or away from your reach for extended periods of time – then you most likely have a lot of trouble finishing projects that require deep concentration and focus.

Here are some things that I do that you may find helpful:

1. I put my gadgets in another room when I go to bed at night.

2. I do not bring my gadgets with me when I go for a walk.

3. I do not bring my gadgets with me when I am eating with family or friends – and if I do – I do not use them when we’re talking.

4. If I am working on a project, like this very email, I do not respond to pings, pong, pangs or anything else. Everything can wait until I am finished with what I set out to do.

5. If I am talking to someone who allows himself to be continually interrupted by pings, calls and tweets – I end the encounter because the person you are dealing with is letting you know that he values his gadgets more than you.

Now, if you’re the type of person who likes his gadgets more than accomplishing something worthwhile – then no argument from me.

On the other hand, if you realize you could probably get more done in less time if you simply turned everything else off – or let it ring or chime, unanswered, for extended periods of time – then you’d be amazed at how you’ve eliminated a great deal of the unwanted resistance you may have to success.

In fact, if you really want to get more things done in less time – with next to no interruptions, then you’d better learn to do nothing more than concentrate on what you want – in such a way that you feel as if nothing is blocking you whatsoever.

No resistance.

No turbulence.

No sand paper rubbing against you as you go through life.

Instead, a resistance free feeling flowing against your skin and through your veins.

You get up in the morning with things to do – and you get them done. Day after day. Week after week. Year after year.

Thousands upon thousands of days in which you get ‘er done because you know the power of a focused mind.

If you’re nodding your head in agreement about your need to focus and concentrate – without resistance – then the world famous Zero Resistance Living Course is for you.

This extraordinary course is what the super successful use to get more things done in less time. Why not join us?

Matt Furey

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