There is a funny story that has gone around the internet about the woman who intended to do a simple task early one morning. Before she finished that task, she noticed something else that needed to be done, so, interrupting her first task, she started on the second.  Then, before completing that something else seemed to need attention so she left that and went to the next.  This continued throughout the day and by evening she felt exhausted but couldn’t see that she had accomplished anything.

Did something like this every happen to you, even on a small scale?  Sometimes I find myself starting that trek and have to take control and remind myself to focus and concentrate on one thing at a time. Successful people know the value of focus and it shows in what they accomplish.

Do you know that the average person can only focus their mind on one thing for six to eleven seconds at a time?  So, if you are average, even when you’re thinking about something you choose to think about, something you like to think about, your mind tends to wander every six second.  Take a few minutes now to test yourself. Check to see how long you can remain focused on your current goal.

A wandering mind, if left uncontrolled, can lead to self-doubt, insecurity, heath issues, a lack of drive, poor job performance, and low self-esteem.  Any of these sound familiar?  It’s hard to have a sense of wellbeing and the ability to think clearly when thoughts or feelings are scattered.

Some issues which may contribute to this wandering mind and limit our successes are:

• Regularly having too many things to do and think about.

• A fear of a concept or thing, such as being judged by others or anticipating failure.

• Continuous striving for the elusive and unattainable perfection.

• Allowing past “failures” to influence and limit getting started with your personal plan.

• Unable or unwilling to commit to your personal plan.

• Casting blame on other people or events for a lack of success.

• Choosing anger or other destructive emotions as your primary methods of behavior.

• Denial The failure to recognize or admit to having a personal problem

Jose Silva recognized the importance of focus and the ability of students to concentrate on the task at hand.  He worked with his children on these traits so they could be more successful in school and in life.  The results attracted the attention of neighbors and beyond and the Silva Seminars grew out of the techniques he used.

The key to the success of the Silva Method is that it helps you develop a vibrant, powerful way of thinking, which helps you overcome and adjust limiting beliefs that may have impaired your full potential. As the program progresses, you see the levels of improvement in your abilities to concentrate and sustain a clear, coherent focus.

Think about it; everything you do begins with a thought.  When you have a new goal and you use the same old thought pattern you used in the past, your chances for success are just that, chances.  Success requires that you take a fresh approach to new opportunities.

I have watch students, young and those more mature, who were struggling in the classroom, develop the skills to become top performers after practicing what they learned in the seminars.

I am copying a story my son wrote about the effect the Silva training had on him.  You can well imagine from reading his story below, this is my favorite “success” story.


”My name is Curtis Dearmont.  I graduated from high school in 1981, after a difficult time in school, ranked 115th of 135 in my class.  I had been diagnosed as dyslexic and through the years of poor performance and poor grades I had developed a very poor self-image and I behaved in a self-destructive way.   Right after I graduated from high school my family moved to Oklahoma.  Since I was not planning to go to college I went along.

“I wanted to work for a while and earn some money and have some fun. I got a job as a mail messenger for a large company where my dad worked, but after a year I didn’t find that very satisfying or profitable.  I applied to several universities for admittance, but because of my low SAT scores, I was turned down by all the schools except a small college where we lived.  And they accepted me on probation.

“In my second semester in college my parents asked me if I wanted to go with them to a seminar about learning how to develop more of your potential, The SILVA Method.  I decided to go, and the first day heard that I had the same awareness as the great minds of the world – all I needed to do was learn how to use it.  The lecturer explained that by learning and using the techniques, I could open up many opportunities for myself.  So I began to use the different techniques.

“I didn’t see any dramatic changes right away, but my family could see the change in my attitude and the way I felt about myself. My grades improved and I was accepted at Kent State, majoring in business.  A year and a half later I decided I wanted to be a Doctor of Chiropractic.  I applied and was accepted at Logan Chiropractic College in St. Louis.

“In 1989 I will be a Doctor of Chiropractic.  I have the same conditions, but now I have many new ways to control and use my mind to overcome the problems.  In high school I was a D or C student, but now my accumulative grade point average is 3.6.  Believe me, this end of the scale is a lot more fun.  I work hard, but the SILVA Method showed me that I have the mind and the potential to do whatever I want to do. I use the techniques daily for school and for my personal life and I’m glad my parents asked me to go with them.  I have since sent my girl friend to the seminar and I have educated many of my friends at school about the SILVA Method.  They too have achieved many good things using the techniques.

“This Method seems to take a long time and seems to cost a lot of money, but I believe all young people can benefit by taking it and learning how to make life work well for themselves.  We all have the mind of a genius.  We just need the techniques to use it most effectively.  And I have not seen those techniques taught any place else.
I hope you go and take a friend.  I know you won’t be sorry!”                                                                     Curtis

Curtis did graduate with a Doctorate of Chiropratic in 1989, seventh in his class (!) is married with two sons.  He is chiropractor near Dallas, Texas.


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