We may lose our concentration for different reasons through the day. Or we may be like some people who have a low concentration. In this article, we try to teach you NLP practical techniques that you can use them to increase your concentration. So follow Farshid Pakzat Research Group.
What are the reasons for missing or having low concentration?
Before explaining the techniques for increasing concentration, we have to search about the reasons for missing the concentration. It usually has two general reasons. Internal reasons and external reasons.
Internal reasons for missing the concentration
Fatigue, stress, or mental pressures are among the reasons for missing the concentration. One of the other reasons for missing the concentration is having racing thoughts. Of course, racing thoughts are made because of some mental pressures. I recommend you read this article to find out more about racing thoughts: “What is racing thought and how can we deal with it? (6 practical solutions). “
One of the reasons for missing concentration is talking to yourself. Most people have internal talks. But sometimes this inner talk takes a long time and causes the person miss his concentration. These inner talks can be positive or negative. We hope that if the inner talks are going to disappear your concentration, they be the positive ones because they have some positive results.
External reasons for missing the concentration
Our connection with the world around is generally made up of 3 channels. Visual, auditory and kinesthetic channels. So our concentration can be eliminated through each of these channels. These 3 channels are called preferred channels in NLP. To get familiar with the preferred channels, you can read this article: What is the preferred channel? And how can we achieve effective communication by using it?” We will explain more about this in the following.
To understand how the preferred channels affect our concentration, we continue the discussion with a few examples. Suppose you are working in the office or at home, and for some reasons, some persons start to move in front of you. The same moves eliminate your concentration. This losing concentration occurs through a visual preferred channel.
Voices like the voices for cars or music affect your concentration through your auditory preferred channel. There are some people who lose their concentration by changing the temperature, such as the warming weather they are working on, or if their chair is not comfortable. These people lose their concentration by their kinesthetic preferred channel.
How to increase our concentration?
Now that we’ve completely searches the reasons for losing the concentration, it’s easy to say that in order to increase the concentration, we have to delete the reasons for losing concentration. Of course, we know that this is not so easy. For this, we teach a few NLP practical techniques.
The first technique for increasing concentration– anchoring
As we said, stress or mental pressures can cause our concentration to be lost. You can overcome stress by using an anchoring technique. Anchoring is one of the strong and practical NLP techniques in which a positive mental state becomes related to an internal or external factor. So whenever you turn on that external factor, you get that positive state.
If we want to say more simply, using the anchoring technique (conditioning) in NLP, for example, you can remember a good memory and be calm whenever you push your finger and thumb. To learn the anchoring technique (conditioning), you can read this article: “How to control your emotions through the NLP conditioning technique.”
The second technique for increasing the concentration- extending the restrictions
Sometimes when you are working or studying, you feel that your mind is disturbed and you cannot concentrate any more. At this moment you feel you need a break. At this moment, you should try to extend your restriction. For this, try to force yourself to continue to work or study for a few more minutes. For example, something about 15 minutes.
In this technique, try to determine available goals. Like finishing the page you are reading. If you decide, for example, to read to the end of the chapter to extend your limitations, you probably would not be successful.
In fact, with this exercise, you increase your mind stability and your unconscious mind gradually believe that it can pass through its restrictions.
The third technique for increasing the concentration – concentrating on one case
Sometimes we lose our concentration because of our disturbed mind. In fact, it may be said that we do not lose our concentration, only our minds are too busy and the thoughts we have in our minds become like the train. Of course, in the racing thoughts, there is the same problem. Therefore, in order to increase concentration in this situation, we must try to prioritize our importance. It means choosing one of our minds importance and leaving the rest of our minds issues.
In this way, you should choose one of the thoughts in your mind that are going to flood your mind and try to come to a conclusion about it. When you choose one of your thoughts and come to the conclusion about it, your mind will not be confused between different thoughts. With this method, you can increase your concentration and solve the problem of racing thoughts. Of course there are some other solutions for treating racing thoughts, which you can read in this article: “What is racing thought and how to deal with it? (6 practical solutions). “
The fourth technique for increasing the concentration – deleting the distraction factors
Do not make mistakes! We do not mean to delete the factors that cause losing concentration or, for example, change your work place. Many people think it’s best to change their work place if there are a lot of noise in their workplace. Yes, you might be able to do this and get rid of the noise of cars. But can you stop the phone from ringing? Can you stop talking all your co-workers? Can you make your boss not to call you in the middle of the work? Definitely not!
So how can we remove the distraction factors? You may have seen that the horses use a blindfold to move on the straight path. This is done for the horses to just see the straight path and the other things in his road do not distract it. We should also use the blindfold for our minds. Whenever the other things start to distract us, we must try to make our mind concentrate on what it does.
Certainly, when you start using this technique, you will not get any results at all. You will surely be distracted. But do not be disappointed. Continue your trying. Whenever something makes you distracted, you can put your hands on your eyes like the horse’s blindfold to keep in mind that you need to be focused.
The fifth technique for increasing the concentration – rest
Yes, it’s true that you said in the second technique that you should try to expand your own limits. But it does not mean that you have to commit suicide. We are all human beings and we must admit that our ability and capacity are limited. So we should rest on time. If you remember, we said early in the article that fatigue is one of the factors for losing concentration. So give your mind break in time.
Therefore, you sometimes need to give your mind a short break in order to increase concentration and efficiency. A short break, it means leaving the mind out of everything. It can really increase your concentration and efficiency. So do not feel bad for resting your mind. Because it makes you get better results in your work.
The sixth technique for increasing the concentration – variety
Our brain is not like a computer. The computer does not need motivation and variety. You can give an ultra-complicated calculation into a computer and receive the answer a few days later. But our brains require variety. If you have to work on a particular subject for a whole day, your brain will be tired. The probability of error and reducing the concentration will rise in this case. So it’s better for you to pay attention to the variety of the things you do to increase your concentration. When all the humans do a repetitive job, their concentration will reduce.
At the end, I would remind you that making changes, especially positive changes in life, requires time and effort. So do not expect to achieve what you want by using these techniques for a few times. Use these techniques with effort and perseverance, and make sure you see the positive result of using NLP techniques in your life.
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