Week 6 – ATTENTION, ATTENTION, ATTENTION!!!
Haanel 6:19 Attention or concentration is probably the most important essential in the development of mind culture. The possibilities of attention, when properly directed, are so startling, that they would hardly appear credible to the uninitiated. The cultivation of attention is the distinguishing characteristic of every successful man or woman, and is the very highest personal accomplishment which can be acquired.
If I stare at the above image with complete focus, there is an illusion of movement. The power of concentration has become more and more scarce with the development and availability of electronic devices that quench our appetites of instant gratification.
However, all is not lost. As Haanel so succinctly writes, it ‘is the very highest personal accomplishment which can be acquired.’ Hooray!
Through the little exercises of this Master Key Experience course, I develop small achievements. These achievements, also called SUCCESS, build up ever so subtly that one day, I find myself standing tall, head high, and excited about the future, even though, that thing I thought was ‘success’, that was always out of my reach, is still not attained. BUT, the size of it seems so very small and manageable.
What changed? My attention/concentration. By focusing on the object of my desire and consistently taking baby steps to that end, I arrive at what I have always thought to be impossible. Here it is, right in front of me. All because I cultivated my attention on moving forward toward my goal, without wasting thought on the HOW.