“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.”
–Alexander Graham Bell
I SEE SOME VERY IMPORTANT points highlighted in this quote, namely
Process of Completing a Given Task
Present Rather than the Past or the Future
Immense Power of the Sun and its Limited Capacity in a Given Situation
All those unaware of the immensely valuable contributions of Alexander Graham Bell to modern living, please STOP reading any further. All others may make an effort to unearth the deep-rooted message from the inventor of the microphone and the eventual “electrical speech machine”, the name he gave to his invention of the telephone.
Power of Concentration is one of the basic building blocks that teachers help implant into every child at the earliest possible stage. Their continued attention, combined with attentive guidance, helps us remove distractions from our minds and generate positive thoughts. The little assignments we used to be given at the elementary level made us all proud upon completion, no matter how mundane they might seem today.
We can also effectively relate to the advice that we have all received through our life, at one time or another, to live in the present rather than the past or the future. It is this advice that teaches us to keep our feet firmly on the ground. Abiding by this principle only goes to help us take consolidated steps where no issue is left unattended to hound us after in a million different ways.
Steps 5 and 6 above warn us against imaginative power of our assumed success which is more of a transitory nature than permanent. The analogy of sun’s rays and their failure to ignite without absolute focus is a mute testament to the unexpectedly tough situations where we sometimes find ourselves. It is only when we delve deeper into the problem and focus on the contributory factors that we are able to come up with plausible solutions. Solution appears when we put our knowledge and experiences together.
Step 7 brings us to a happy ending with the possibility of achieving the desired result.
The wisdom of management studies conducted over more than a century, the treatises carefully written by experts, ‘gurus’ and researchers alike can all be summed up in this one immensely valuable quote from an individual who left us to fend for ourselves almost a hundred years ago (since 2nd of August 1922).
We need not ruin our perfect present by gloating over the past or worrying about the future, why?
Because Today is the Tomorrow We had been talking about Yesterday!!!