Many people think that the ability to focus or concentrate should come naturally and that when we don't focus it's because we're not trying hard enough–if only we would try harder, it would happen. This is an erroneous view and an incorrect conclusion. The untrained mind has huge difficulty in concentrating on anything for more than a few seconds, let alone a couple of minutes at a time. In Chapter 2 I shared with you the most recent research on this topic.
I also talked about multitasking in Chapter 2, which is one of the greatest impediments to the ability to focus. It is a malaise of our time and a hindrance to optimal effectiveness, sustained performance, and creativity or inspiration. If we can't concentrate on one ...