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Enriquezca Su Vida
(Enriching Your Life)

A self-published book by Judge Lawrence Huerta
©1968.

translation by Anthony Nuño, 1999.

CHAPTER V:
"THE IMPORTANCE OF CONCENTRATION"

"Set out great and definite objectives; hidden deep in your soul there is a transcendental ideal capable of making it come true. What you need is not more ability nor greater opportunities, but to improve your determination and concentration. Nothing will give you greater pleasure than the awareness of making daily progress towards greater goals in life."

-- GRENVILLE KLEISER

When you have determined your goals, it will be necessary to completely apply your energy and attention. William Mathews stated: "These days when so many things demand our attention and concentration, the first and fundamental law for success requires that we direct all our energy towards that point and aim directly towards it without looking to the right or left." When you completely concentrate on your objectives you will discover that the more you concentrate, the greater your fascination with your goals and objectives.

Above all, remember this, the ideal must be yours. Although in many aspects it can be shared with others, it must be essentially yours. Never aim at an objective designed by somebody else and that will benefit somebody else, instead, concentrate on objectives which will benefit you. You are not in this world to live in the shadow of another person's life. When somebody aims and pursues someone else's ideals, he would have covered half the journey, until he realizes, reckons and complains: "this is not my ideal." For this person, a vast emptiness of frustration will await at the end. How many people have pursued other people's ideals? Those, of the boyfriend, son's, daughter's, husband's, always striving towards other people's ideals, never their own. We must understand that it is not selfishness to have "our own ideals," but it is absolutely essential for our self-realization and fulfillment. As I mentioned before, these ideals can be shared with others but ultimately they must be yours , never forget it.

I repeat Concentrate!, Russell Conwell expressed the following regarding a man who we all admire: Abraham Lincoln's principle of greatness can be adopted by all: this was his rule: "Whatever needed to be done, he would set his mind to it, he will keep at it until it was done. This exalts man anywhere."

Here we have six secrets for concentration which should be practiced by all, and as I already stated: each human being must have an ideal in life in order to fulfill and validate his life. Remember, THIS is what differentiates us from animal life.

First: Delineate your objective, make it simple, concrete and accomplishable; the best thing will be to write it down and read it everyday. Very well, now, which obstacles stand in its way? Which is the prize? What will be the cost? Are you willing to pay the price? If this is what you have decided, then visualize and rejoice in the prize. Keep the motivation going by thinking about it. Go Forward!, but Wait! -- The following is a firm warning--you must re-read it--read it again several times. Lionel Barrymore, the great actor used to tell this simple recipe for a happy and fulfilled life: "I believe that if an individual sets out a reachable goal and works very hard to accomplish it, and this individual is conscious that when he had accomplished this goal, he will establish another one, thus, he will have a fulfilled and occupied life -- and for this reason -- a happy life." A happy fulfilled life in ten, twenty, forty, or fifty years is much more important than your present life.

A great river is not something without an objective, it is always moving and aiming towards a specific plate -- towards a direction. Life must flow in this manner, just like the mighty river.

Second: Reflect upon the accomplished ends, not the means to accomplish them. Just as the major includes the minor, by supporting and working on the means, this will provide the strength which will accomplish them. During my youth, I understood that with a college education I would better my economic situation and I decided to pursue it, but How? My parents could barely survive. I established my own goals -- the perspective of a goal and its ends which I clearly maintained, but there it remained while I had to think of a strategy, how to achieve them?. Since I kept my thinking and concentration on these goals and ends, I did not fail to find the means--I sold insurance policies and worked at the mines. You can be sure of that because I had the goals and ends always present, I worked a lot harder than I could have if I had not established a purpose or goal.

Hannah More wrote: "Obstacles are those horrible things we see when we lose sight of our ideals." Never abandon your ideals, your objectives could surprise you looking in another direction.

Third: --Ask in a daily manner: How close am I to accomplishing my objectives and goals? When one asks oneself this question 365 times, the result is close to a miracle, remember this interrogation must be made in a daily and uninterruptedly manner.

Fourth: --When you are tempted to feel distracted with thoughts about "the problems," think on your past successes and future endeavors. Utilize the modern psychological process of substitution. Do not fight against the worries; substitute them with thoughts about success. If someday you fall under a wave of desperation and hopelessness, close to giving up, then, think of that famous quote: "Tomorrow will be another day." Always keep in mind the famous line by Longfellow: "lives of great men remind us we can make our lives sublime. And departing, leave behind us the footprints on the sands of time."

Fifth: --Remember concentration does not necessarily mean dynamism, instead it requires intense self-concentration in a problem. Some people who appear as dynamic as human rockets, they make too much noise, but they lack the intense interior strength which characterizes a deep thinker. Emerson put in in these words: "Like a gardener who prunes the tree several times, this forces the sap through one or two mighty branches,thus, you must limit your miscellaneous activities and concentrate your strength in one or a few points."

Sixth: --One of the secrets for concentration depends not on the numbers of times but the consistency. Notice the difference between a pneumatic drill and four men with three sledgehammers and a chisel.

Study your goals and objectives taking one aspect at a time. Once you have analyzed it carefully, you will find yourself in a better position to summarize it and maintain it in perspective, all the time.

Above all, always keep this in mind--you need an ideal to make sense of the purpose in life. Once you have identified this purpose in life, worked out a plan of attack, and have partially accomplished it. You will have a true motive in your existence. You won't feel lost on a dark road, looking for something that does not have a name but that clearly and irresistibly you miss.

HAVE YOU DEFINED YOUR OBJECTIVE IN LIFE?

Are you willing to pay the price? Which is the most convenient and effective manner to accomplish it?

WHICH IS THE FIRST DEFINITE STEP IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE THIS OBJECTIVE?

What are the next steps? What is the final and scheduled date for its accomplishment?

ONCE YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED IT?

Would you rest in satisfaction, or will you try to achieve something better, even greater?

CHAPTER VI