BLOG: TAMING THE JUMPING MONKEY
I have worked with clients who are talented and highly creative yet unfocused because they say they have so many ideas they do not know which to pursue. We talk about the bright shiny object syndrome and the effect on their business. They often go from one thing to another without focus and direction and then wonder why things are not happening for them. I assist them to use their powerful will correctly and to their advantage by focusing on their vision. Otherwise the mind is like a jumping monkey…going all over with no real purpose.
THE PRACTICE OF CONCENTRATION
The way to develop the will is through the practice of concentration. To be able to hold one thought or picture on the screen of your mind to the exclusion of all the other competing thoughts or pictures takes a very strong and developed will. We have a lot of chatter going on in our minds and in order to “tame the jumping monkey mind” we need to have some regular practice of quieting the mind.
Some may use meditation or yoga practices. Bob Proctor shares a simple yet powerful practice of lighting a candle and sitting across the room from it and focusing on the flame. Every time the mind wanders and jumps around, gently bring it back to the flame and just focus on that. Eventually, you might find that you become part of the flame.
There are many other ways to tame the jumping monkey. Find something that works for you and stick to it. Soon you will see that you have a much keener ability to concentrate. Then holding a mental picture of your vision becomes easy and enjoyable. It also creates the results you desire.
Enjoy using your powerful will as you create an amazing life! This use of concentration truly is a gift…
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