After all those days of writing, I have become a strict believer in practice. It's the best, and the only really effective method of learning, improvement.
There are many people in the world who promise to "fast-track" your success. They write articles about "10 Tips for Life", promising a quick and easy fix for all your problems, and a shortcut for getting into new things. You can find hundreds of thousands of different posts, podcasts, courses & more about quick and easy improvement.
Well, there is no such thing in life.
No matter how much some of us would like to have such shortcuts, they don't really exist. All progress & real change comes from hard, systematic, and diligent work. I know I'm not the first person to say this, but that's the truth.
Working hard doesn't actually have to be hard, it can be pleasurable. There are a few things that can make this happen:
- Vet things diligently before getting into them. Is this really right for you? Every decision deserves to be considered.
- Set up routines and habits that do many of the hard work for you. Automate your brain; make doing repetitive tasks as quick and easy as possible. This will make stuff much less boring, as you'll be able to focus on the more adventurous aspects of your work.
- Find or create a community that thinks and does the same things you do. Don't make it your primary social circle, but keep in mind that it's always good to have people on the same page.
- Be ready to quit when it's done. There's no point in dragging something on forever; most things in life stop being fulfilling at some point (not all, of course), so it's good to know when to stop.
Change doesn't happen just like that. It's a slow, never-ending, and always ongoing process - change is always happening. It's just that we notice it very rarely.