Welcome to Reading For Self-Improvement. The book we are going to explore today is The Power Of Concentration by Theron Q. Dumont
About The Author – Theron Q. Dumont
The real name Theron Q. Dumont was actually William Walker Atkinson and he was an influential figure in the early days of the New Thought Movement. Little is known about his early years, except that he was born in Baltimore, Maryland on December 5, 1862, to William and Emma Atkinson, both of whom were equally born in Maryland.
From 1882 onwards, Dumontpursued a business career and in 1894 he was admitted as an attorney to the Bars of Pennsylvania. While he gained much material success in his profession as a lawyer, the stress and over-strain eventually took its toll on him, and during this time he experienced a complete physical and mental breakdown, and financial disaster. It was in the late 1880’s that he found a way to recover himself and it was in the New Thought and he eventually bounced back to perfect health, mental vigour and material prosperity.
Other books by Dumont, all which he wrote within the last 30 years of his life are estimated to be about 100 books and they include:
- The Art of Logical Thinking, 1909.
- Memory: How to Develop, Train, and Use It, 1909.
- The Art of Expression and The Principles of Discourse, 1910.
- The Master Mind or The Key To Mental Power Development And Efficiency, 1913.
- Your Mind and How to Use It: A Manual of Practical Psychology, 1911.
Popular of Dumont’s book is attested to by the fact that some of his books as Swami Ramacharaka have remained in print to the present and have become important texts, introducing Westerners to Hindu thought and practice. He remained active as a writer and editor into the 1920s.
Now that we know a little about this author, let consider his famous book for our consideration today, The Power Of Concentration
The Book – The Power Of Concentration
Like most books by the same author, “The Power of Concentration” is an interesting book of lessons intended to help the readers increase their power of concentration. No doubt that being able to concentrate effectively is a critical element of success in our ever-busy world today with a lot of distraction in every part of our lives. As Dumont puts it, “Success is assured when you are able to concentrate for you are then able to utilize for your good all constructive thoughts and shut out all the destructive ones. It is of the greatest value to be able to think only that which will be beneficial.”
The book was first published in 1918, in Chicago, Illinois and it deals with developing the faculty of deep concentration to achieve personal and professional goals. Such concepts as the power of visualization, self-dialogue, self-awareness, elimination of negative thoughts and more are all presented in The Power of Concentration and these are what make the book very important and relevant to the reality of today, especially within the field of self-help and personal development.
In a 2012 New York Times article, “The Power of Concentration” written by Maria Konnikova, she brought our awareness to such important arguments as Meditation and mindfulness. She stated that though the concept originates in ancient Buddhist, Hindu and Chinese traditions, when it comes to experimental psychology, mindfulness is less about spirituality and more about concentration: the ability to quiet your mind, focus your attention on the present, and dismiss any distraction that comes your way.
Going further in the article, Konnikova added, referring to 2011 researchers from the University of Wisconsin that daily meditation-like thought could shift frontal brain activity toward a pattern that is associated with what cognitive scientists call positive, approach-oriented emotional states, situations that make us more likely to engage the world rather than to withdraw from it.
As a self-help book, The Power of Concentration really provides valuable tips on refining the art of concentration. More than ever before, the idea of concentration and focus has become more of real concern, especially for our frenetic generation of people, many of who are basically hopping around without any clear objective. So you want to take advantage of such guild book as this and fine-tune your Power of Concentration, your singleness of purpose.
5 Quotes From The Power Of Concentration
Here are 5 valuable quotes from The Power of Concentration. Enjoy them and apply them in your daily life.
- “Do not be afraid to undertake whatever you really desire to accomplish and are willing to pay for in effort.”
- “If you repeat something several times in the same way, you will have formed the habit of doing it that way. But the often you repeat it the stronger that habit grows and the more deeply it comes embedded in your nature.”
- “Whatever we create in the thought world will someday materialize. That is law. Don’t forget this.”
- “The secret of accomplishment is concentration or the art of turning all your power upon just one point at a time.”
- “When you learn how to concentrate and reinforce your thought, you control your mental creations; they in turn help to mould your physical environment, and you become the master of circumstances and the ruler of your kingdom.”
What is your preferred quote from the book? Let me know in the comment section below.
What You Can Take Away From The Book
I don’t know what your opinions are or what you are going through but I want to pay attention: it is the person who is best able to focus and concentrate that will do the best job. Study the lessons in this book and let them guide you step by step through what concentration is and how you can achieve it, no matter what is happening around you.
In truth, all real success depends on a well-concentrated effort, no doubt about that. So, you must use every mental force you can muster and the more you can use them, the more they will increase for you and to your advantage. That is all we can take from today’s video, and you need to take advantage of this power of concentration for your personal growth and self-improvement.
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