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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.
See also: concentrate, mind
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This punishment now seems Dickensian but it kept discipline and concentrated the mind wonderfully.
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"If you're not concentrated the mind can start racing."
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An immediate withdrawal would have concentrated the minds of both parties into dealing with the issues involved.
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