Importance of an unwavering focus

Once when Warren Buffett and Bill Gates were having dinner together, Bill’s father asked about the reason behind their success, both of them uttered “focus” at the same time. In this era of social media and digitalisation, we have a plethora of things to get us distracted and the worst part is that we allow these external factors to rule our lives instead of using them for our lives. Dandapani, a famous monk once explained very lucidly that we become good at anything when we practice it continuously.

Similarly, if we practice distraction most of the time in a day, it gradually turns into a habit and we become extremely good at it. In other words, we rarely emphasise practising concentration. We should practise doing one thing at a time, both physically and consciously. Refrain yourself from touching your phone every time it beeps. The crucial point is to cut the distractions and focus on things that are important.

Paying a lot of attention to negative things and worries get us nowhere but to the vicious cycle of overthinking. If we sit down for a moment and write down all the obstacles and analyse it, we will find most of the obstacles are created by our mind and they don’t even exist in the first place. We need to focus on our present instead of daydreaming about the future. How it would be if we make a “don’t-do list” besides making a “to-do list”? Remember, Lord Krishna said that the mind acts like an enemy for those who do not control it.

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