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Chapter 7. “How Concentration Will Impro... > Teaching Others to Concentrate

Teaching Others to Concentrate

Are you a parent, teacher, manager, or coach? Would you like to help other people acquire the ability to “stay on task?” Use the A.H.A. system outlined below to help the people you care about develop the ability to focus and maintain their attention, despite boredom and frustration.


A = Awareness

You wouldn’t expect anyone to be able to play a piano unless they had been given opportunities to play and take lessons. Likewise, if you want someone to have the ability to concentrate, he or she must be introduced to the concept and be given “training” in it. Start using the word around your home, in the classroom, at work, or on the playing field. Start talking about how important concentration is to performing well, winning, and attaining desired goals. Look for situations where someone succeeded because they didn’t mentally “give up.” Discuss these with others so they can see how it would be to their benefit to learn this valuable skill. Ben Franklin’s observation that “a good example is the best sermon” still holds true. The best way to positively influence others and to convince them of the value of concentration is to model it yourself.


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