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Do we really remember how often had we fallen when we learnt to crawl, walk and then run in our childhood? Most probably not because we had all along been  focusing on the organic growth of  our lives when we moved from infancy to childhood to young age. Each time we would fall  while learning to pedal a bicycle, we would come back with a determination to succeed this time and eventually we learnt the tricks. Remember we would then enjoy the same trick of pedaling our tiny bicycles with both our hands free from the handles of the bicycle. But what kept us going after each fall was the encouragement we would get from the protective hands of our parents or elder brothers and  sisters . Their pepping up always encouraged us to do better.

We now wonder as to where has this pep talk that could tell us to get up and get going vanished . Believe me it has not vanished anywhere. It  exists today also . Possibly today it  can be seen in the eyes of our young sons  and  daughters. Just look into their eyes and onto their confident faces when they see their parents fighting out the challenges of life with yet another strong determined mindset and  bounce back after having had  a  set back in life. The support system of doing better once again  can be found in the comforting words and gestures of the life partners and good friends when they tell you to forget the vagaries of life and try an alternative route that could take you to greater  glory  of success.

I once saw a convoy of ants moving in a very disciplined manner in a straight line to their hive. The ants were lead by the leader of the pack and they were all running to reach  the comfort of their  hive after a day’s hard work . They were clutching small tit bits into their tiny mouths, to be hidden away from the other predators. Out of sheer curiosity and to check whether I could disturb and dissuade the disciplined run of  ants’ convoy I  just sprinkled a few drops of water  on the floor . I had expected ants to give up going in the direction that they  had been following.I was sure  they would now   get lost as the straight line that they had been following behind each other had been disturbed. But to my utter dismay all  the ants instead of getting lost or dissuaded from their  path became more determined to reach their  destination. They would just take a detour away from the wet patch on the floor  and rejoin their  companions who had moved ahead  of them . A few of the ants even climbed the wall high up to avoid the water thrown by me on their route and after covering a good height will climb down to join the straight line of their friends moving forward.

Life beckons us to move ahead in the same way. Come highs or come lows the route to glory should never be abandoned .We must  find  a detour every time we come across the obstacles and continue   our journey to the destination.  There are enough support systems available who tell us to get up once again and get going. The caring hands of God the Almighty are always with us to protect us from any fall  that we might comprehend or be apprehensive of. Let us just get up and get going. Success is just round the corner……..may be just a step ahead.

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The concentration skills  are important in life . Whatever the station or the station , concentration  and focus   will be needed to understand, comprehend and take a decision. Parents of young children and often  working  adults themselves have been seeking our guidance on  developing the concentration and focus in their efforts.  We give  some  of the tips  that can  help  develop better concentration to people ion all stations in life.

1. Prioritize  your work :It helps when the priorities of the work can be donbased on its urgency and priority in life. the ABC analysis of the jobs to be done by oyu in a day’s time will help you set your priorities.

2. Pick up all those works that you have assigned  category A works as they will need your immediate and full attention.  Next in the priority will be category B works that will need full concentration and will have to be handled with not so much urgency.
3. Handle  one thing at a time:the concentration  builds up  by handling   one thing at a time . Thus giving  complete undivided attention  to the job in hand . Multitasking (doing many things simultaneously) causes distraction .

4.  Doing  the same thing  as if everything depends on it   :Call for and look at all details in totality so that no repetitions of the exercise are  called for later. Do not miss any thing.Observe   all details as if you   are gaining new insights  during the first time itself .

5. A few   minutes more  rule :Whenever   you feel like quitting in the   middle of a task – just say a few more minutes and work a couple of minutes more. This strategy will ,help  expand  and stretch the working   mind and build up mental  endurance. remember how sports persons   build up  their  stamina  and   mental endurance  when their muscles and body wants them to quit due to  tiredness.

6.  Writing down :use pen and paper to note down any deviations that come to mind promising yourself to take up these deviations later during your free times.

7. Reward yourself:   small rewards matter. promise your self  a good treat after you finish  the task in hand. The reward can be anything that makes you happy and relaxed – like having your favorite food,going out for a walk, meeting your best friend etc.

8. Be project specific :Before you start any work, be clear in your mind about the objective to be achieved by you. Be as precise as possible .the next assignment should be handled after the one in hand  has been   completed satisfactorily .

9.Use a concentration score sheet:Each time you find your mind wandering, make a check mark on the  score  sheet. doing this on consistent basis, will help reduce s distraction and increase   concentration.

10.  Break task into smaller parts:Breaking a  greater  task into smaller parts will make it seem less overbearing and help you look at  it with more positive mindset .

11. Concentration exercises:Concentration exercises help in training your mind to concentrate more and for longer periods of time.

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