concentrate the mind

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But the FA Cup is the only chance United have of winning a trophy this season and that can concentrate the mind, if not the mind games.
The free sessions will focus on breathing, flexibility, relaxation and co-ordination to help concentrate the mind.
JUST the one open to concentrate the mind today, but the 6.
And there's nothing like a deadline to concentrate the mind.
If you have put pounds 400m into Manchester City and its 50,000-capacity stadium and they get relegated while someone like Burnley get promoted in their place, it would concentrate the mind.
Of course, they say emptying the bins once a fortnight will concentrate the mind on recycling and help save the planet, something of which I am all in favour.
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
There is nothing like the loss of your seat and your salary to concentrate the mind if you are a politician.
Obviously you have to concentrate on Wales when you are at a squad camp, but with the Parma game looming large, I have had plenty of other matters to help concentrate the mind.
But then, property values - not children's lives - do of course concentrate the mind.
Holding the book in hand, open at that page, it is easy to concentrate the mind upon it, to linger over it, mull over it, take as long as necessary to try to understand and appreciate it.
Having Royal Ballet stars like Cooper and Fiona Chadwick on board at an early stage in the project certainly helped concentrate the mind at rehearsals, says Bourne.