Jayapataka Swami: You seem to be an initiated devotee, but you are saying you are an aspiring devotee. I guess that is your humility. As far as chanting, we have to chant with full concentration. You have to hear the chanting. So you keep bringing the mind back to the sound of the chanting. You can sit in front of Srila Prabhupada’s deity or pictures of the deities, like that fix your mind on the Lord while you are chanting. And if you feel sleepy, then stand up and walk, or dance with the swami step.