These instructions contain general information that will be useful to anyone wanting to enhance their concentration ability and improve their memory.
It is important to understand that that there is nothing wrong with your mental equipment (assuming, of course, that you are not taking drugs or have an unusual medical problem). As long as you are fundamentally normal or better you can assume that you do have what it takes for good concentration, and you do have a naturally good memory that is either being blocked or you have not yet learned how to use it.
Of course there are some natural differences between people and their abilities. But those differences can be overcome with proper application and effort.
You will find that memory improvement is accompanied by better concentration ability, and vice versa. This is because memory and concentration are closely related. They work in tandem, so improvement in one leads to improvement in the other.
An important ingredient of good concentration and memory is relaxation. There is only a given amount of energy available to you at any time. If much of that energy is being expended in tension and anxiety, then there is just that much less energy available for mental functioning. So if you find yourself under a great deal of stress it will help you to work on that, too.
Tension, at least at the level of stress, is not good in any form. Too many people make the mistake of believing that they have to tense up to concentrate, that they have to wrinkle their brow and really pore over something in order to concentrate on it.
Not true! Being relaxed is far more conducive to good concentration and recall.
Most important of all, though, is what you believe about yourself and your abilities. Much of what you will be doing as you improve your mental abilities centers on changing your beliefs. This is especially true for those subconscious beliefs over which you have little conscious control.
Examples, or role models, are often a source of negative self-concepts. Parents or significant others with poor abilities might have caused you to internalize those qualities and believe that you, too, were a poor performer.
Comments by parents, teachers and friends can also lead to negative beliefs about oneself. Think about it and see if you can remember any negative comments that could have caused you to question your abilities.
One of the most egregiously common sources of negative self concepts is poor teachers. It has been shown that far too many teachers (one would be too many) form opinions about their students based on stereotypes and unsupported conclusions. In turn, students have been shown to behave in accordance with their teachers' impressions of them.
A teacher or parent who thinks you are dumb is likely to have you acting dumb.
Cultural beliefs are another common source of beliefs that contribute to negative self-image. As a child grows up many of his beliefs about the world are adopted from others without any first-hand experience. Even though one rejects such beliefs at a conscious level, being in repeated contact with them can have a seriously negative effect on what is subconsciously believed.
A typical example is the expression "dumb blonde" we've all heard. I have encountered many bright, intelligent blondes for whom this was a real problem. As they expunged this erroneous concept their concentration and memory improved dramatically. [Full disclosure: My wife is blonde, so I have to say these things. JUST KIDDING! She is actually one of the smartest people I know. Really.)
There are many gender, racial and other stereotypes we could come up with, but you get the idea. Be on the lookout for this sort of thing when you get to auto-questioning.
It really matters little what we consciously "think" we believe about ourselves — it is the subconscious beliefs that cause most of the problems and must be changed in order to free concentration and memory to function naturally (which means well).
"Suggestion" is what you will use to make this change, and the first order of the day is to stop giving yourself negative suggestions. Never make a statement like, "I have a terrible memory." If you must talk about yourself, make it positive. Say things like, "My concentration is improving," or "My memory is getting better."
You should also form a positive image of yourself being the way you intend to be. Imagine yourself remembering things in ways and situations that have been a problem for you in the past. For example, you are taking a test, relaxed and calm, and the answers are coming to you quickly and easily. Or see yourself being introduced to several people and remembering their names, faces, and anything you learned about them.
It is also good to imagine getting praise from important people in your past like parents or teachers.
Interest is also good for concentration and memory. With practice you can learn to find something interesting about almost anything.
One of the most helpful aids to good suggestions is a list of specific behaviors associated with good concentration and memory. In terms of doing something, what does it mean to have good concentration? Good memory? Here are some examples:
Put together your own list of behaviors that for you mean good concentration and memory — and it could be much longer than this example. Do this for both concentration and memory and you will have a list that you can easily convert to suggestions.
With this you will be well on your way to having the kind of concentration and memory you want.