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concentrate the mind

To cause one to focus, typically on what is important in a particular situation. I didn't think I was capable of diffusing a bomb, but nothing concentrates the mind more than the threat of danger!
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ˌconcentrate the ˈmind

make you think very clearly and seriously about something: Being informed that you are likely to lose your job unless you work harder concentrates the mind wonderfully.
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We can learn a lot from being a Monitor Farm: it concentrates the mind a lot more and this will be a big bonus for us and for the staff.
Actually composing your thoughts with pen and paper and without the luxury of a delete button to change or start again, certainly concentrates the mind.
NOTHING concentrates the mind more than a routine health check and particularly when you're asked to step on the scales.
Each game is its own special challenge and the prospect of cup extinction usually concentrates the mind of every player in a ferocious desire to remain alive and get to Wembley for the final.
Opposition is dismissively characterised as Nimbyism, the proximity of the developments concentrates the mind, local residents are meant to be part of a democratic planning process.
Nothing so concentrates the mind as adversity and it has strengthened the fabric of all communities who face economic challenges.
It's great that the profile has been raised-it concentrates the mind.
For those of a nervous disposition, the noise certainly concentrates the mind the for the three-hour treat ahead.
Yoga concentrates the mind, aids relaxation and helps to develop suppleness, strength and stamina.
If anything concentrates the mind upon summer, It is winter.
The prospect of a contract not being renewed concentrates the mind wonderfully," adds Goldsmith.
If a policymaker finds himself dealing with a situation in which every item on the checklist seems present," he writes, "it is probably time for the kind of crisis that wonderfully concentrates the mind.
It concentrates the mind on the extreme pressures men are expected to endure through unjust divorce procedures that favour one sex over the other.