“Thinking techniques” means to figure out the good way of thinking and draw an advantage toward you. Even when you are working on a same problem, motivation depends on how you are thinking. So how should you think to get high motivation and concentration? There are many ways, so I will introduce 7 easy ways today.
7 thoughts for concentration & motivation
1. Think only about an advantage
Being on a diet is stressful. I have been on a diet before, and was successful. And I have not gained my weight back. My friends say that’s because I have a strong will, but I don’t.I often fall into temptation. I don’t think I have a strong will. I’m just using a thinking technique. This is how: Only think of advantages when doing stressful things.
For example, you can’t stop hunger while on a diet. You feel wanting to eat Chinese ramen noodles, hamburgers, or other food containing a lot of calories. When this happens, think of “an advantage if you DID NOT eat them”. Imagine how much calories you would save by not eating them; noodle is 800kcal, and 1kg equals 4000kcal, which means you save 0.2 kg, for instance. You feel a great pleasure for loss of weight when you are on a diet.
From my experience, “pleasure of losing weight” was greater than “an urge for eating”. That’s why it’s effective to think an advantage of not eating, and I made a success on diet without difficulties. You will be motivated by thinking an advantage, especially when you feel stressed. You can concentrate more if you are motivated. This is an ideal thinking technique.
2. Think of later ease.
Recall your memories of summer vacation in eleme Family trips, playing with friends, etc. And most of you would remember of doing homework hasty later in August.
Your friends’ mother would tell you he can’t play with you after 20th of August, because of homework. Or sometimes you get a phone call from friends for “SOS” to help his homework. For me, I was finishing my work in beginning of August (except for a work of picture diary, of course). I was not willingly studying, but my parents kept telling me “If you have to do anyways, why don’t you finish it first? Then you can go playing as much as you want”.
I believed what they said, and worked hard on my homework. And later in August, my friends call me for help, as they know that I have finished my work already. I was happy to be thanked by them for my help
. As a result, I made a habit of finishing homework early. It’s same for now. I work on troublesome task first. From my childhood experience, “doing stressful work first” has become my habit, so I can have fun later on. If you have once experienced a sense of “pleasure” for finishing your work early, you will naturally do so from next time. The first time is very difficult for you, but if you accomplish that first time, you can get a habit of giving priority to stressful task. That way you can wo
rk with motivation and the result will surely be greater .
3. Self-approve yourself
It means to be positive about yourself. People with positive attitude are always self-approving.
They can be confident and have no worry for small mistakes.
In contrast, people with negative attitude are not confident for everything and always taking things negatively.
They can’t concentrate or motivated, and it is difficult to live happily.
To avoid it, think to give high evaluation for yourself. It maybe difficult than you think. Your childhood affects the way of thinking, so you may not be able to start rating yourself high. If it is difficult, “making friends” can be effective. It can be someone you can meet face to face, or someone met online. The key is “you can tell then anything”.
In terms of “talking everything”, maybe it’s easier to find friends through internet. To higher self-approval, “someone who can accept everything” is necessary. If your friend says “Everyone is different. How about using your ability for this, not that? I think it’s more profitable”, that’s good. Even if people around you deny you, don’t worry.
To self-approve, you need to strongly understand that your ability or opinion is not negative things. Therefore, those who grew up in a warm and loving family and hardly get scolded usually have high self-approval. On the other hand, who was denied in their childhood tends to have low self-approval even when they are adults. So it’s not too late to make friends who accept you.
You may get angry if you are denied, but will get sad later thinking “Am I do badly?” Then friends who accept and then recommend how you should act become very important.
You will gradually get confidence and your self-approval will improve. And of course you can concentrate on things.
4. Make sure where you belong
“Not recognized or accepted” is mentally painful.
You can’t be motivated if nobody accept your hard work, or can’t find a reason to concentrate. If so, think just about your privilege. In other words, what is the thing you are the only one can do? Never say you don’t have any strength.
It doesn’t mean you need a special skill. The important thing is to find “only one thing” for you, whether big or small. For instance, “I can finish the work in 25 minutes, while others need 30 minutes” is good enough.
Or “I can efficiently work using the special program” is OK. Try to find any superiority. It can be a small thing.
What is important is “what is superior” not “how much”. A bit of superiority finds a place for you, and reduce a pain of denial by others.
By the way, don’t you know a person who don’t mind when he is scolded or denied? That kind of person exists everywhere and everybody think of him as insensible person. Maybe he is, but he might know his priority well.
If he knows he is better than others in some point, he can forget the pain. Maybe he has many priorities that nobody knows.
5. Don’t be persistent but do your best
What is the difference between “persistent” and “do your best”? They seem to be the same, but they mean different.
“Be persistent” goes beyond your “best”, which means you work beyond your limit and you possibly feel stressed and tired. On the other hand, “do your best” is “to work within the limit of your ability”, meaning you don’t have to overwork beyond your limit. In this way, you are free from stress. We often hear “you don’t need to be persistent” these days. It’s definitely true. “Not to work beyond limit” is very important thinking technique.
It is not a good idea to do more than possible, do your best within your ability, If you work too much, you keep stress and fatigue which will affect working efficiency.
Also stress and fatigue decrease motivation and concentration. It will leads to “a downward spiral of mentality” and it’s difficult to get out of it. “Don’t be persistent but do your best” has an efficacy to work with 100% effort, but never go beyond 100% to avoid getting stressed. If you tend to become persistent, you are not satisfied with the result of your best and try to work harder. You are more likely to keep stress and fatigue. Instead, if you can think “I tried my best and got the result.
This is the best I can. I need to think of new way to get better!”, then you don’t get stressed nor go negative thinking. A novel “Insensibility” became a big hit in Japan. “Insensibility” means “not to be persistent but do your best” in this book. Never do careless work, but never work excessively.
6. Benefit from yourself
It is hard not to be admitted by others. Some people improve by getting scolded, while others with compliment.
It is better to be complimented, if possible, but to ask for compliment is a question.
You might be considered as annoying person. If so, try to find a benefit from yourself. It means to think “who will benefit from you, and how?” For example, you have boring paperwork everyday, and nobody praise for it, because it is considered an ordinary thing for you. Not even your boss or salesperson. However, if you don’t do that paperwork, your boss or salesperson would be in trouble.
Say you are writing an estimation sheet, indispensable for sales work. If you have complete writing, think “the salesperson can work easier, will have smooth discussion.” Always keep in mind who will benefit from you, and what benefit it is. You can work on boring tasks with motivation and concentration. One more important thing is to be aware that even if a salesperson fails, it is not your fault.
Very responsible person would worry “It was because of my estimation sheet”. Or narrow-minded salesperson would blame on you for his fault. If so, just secretly think in your mind “No, that’s because your negotiation ability was not good enough”.
If a salesperson made remarks on you, ask strongly “What was bad about my work? I’ll fix it for next time. What did they say about my paper?” If he is just shifting responsibility onto you, he will be embarrassed. Or he would answer some meaningless things. Of course it is not your fault, so ask bosses what was bad about your work because a salesperson would not tell you. Or ask your boss to take a look at your work and ask to point out errors. If you don’t have courage to do so, ask one of your colleagues.
It is important to think you are doing something good to others, and yet think you have no responsibility. If you can make use of this thinking technique, you can concentrate on your work.
7. Cognitive behavior therapy
Cognitive behavior therapy is used for a treatment of depression in the United States. In the process, you are to understand the difference of outlook between people in general and yourself. Say you got 50 points on an exam and the class average was 70, which means there is 20 points difference between you and average score. You need to accept it.
In this therapy you don’t seek for “what is needed to you” but “how much you need” to understand your ability. In terms of thinking techniques, this therapy makes you realize “you don’t have to be persistent”. If you need 1.5 hours for a work whereas your colleagues finish it in an hour, you don’t have to worry. What you need is someone to understand you. In other words, someone who accepts you to take 1.5 hours for a work is needed. It’s good to tell him/her in beforehand that you are not competent enough to finish in an hour, but you do at your best. Some narrow-minded people probably deny it.
But others would accept it as long as you do your best. If you tell people your ability in advance, you don’t have to be stressed by how fast you work. You can improve on your skill later. In other words, “understand your present situation as zero”. When you are feeling a stress for taking 1.5 hours, feeling sorry for others, and that is leading to negative thinking. If so, accept that along with “sympathetic colleagues” that it is normal for you to take longer time to work, and think it as “Zero”.
When you complete a work in 1hour and 20 minutes, you can praise yourself for improving 10 minutes, instead of thinking you are still slower than others. You can feel an improvement of yourself. Again, to have someone understands you and to do your best is very important. As I explained earlier, be persistent and to do your best is different. Persistent means to go beyond your ability and to do your best is within your ability. Don’t forget to do your best toward your sympathetic people. If you don’t you’re your best, people would think you are escaping from work and you would possibly lose trust.
In addition to “sympathetic people” and “do your best”, recognize your ability as “zero” in the beginning.
How were these tips?
All of them are with just “easy thinking” and don’t require any “special training”. Use these thinking techniques to work with motivation and concentration.
7 thoughts for concentration & motivation
-Think only about an advantage
-Think of later ease
-Make sure where you belong
-Don’t be persistent but do your best
-Benefit from yourself
-Cognitive behavior therapy