Improvement is only possible through practice. And practice is nothing more than repetition with awareness. We crave novelty and are easily bored by repetition, so when we know that it’s the repetition which fosters progress, it becomes easier to keep going. There is a deep, long-lasting feeling of satisfaction that comes from prolonged and disciplined practice.
Major change only occurs when you work hard to lay the foundations and build momentum, so it’s important to acknowledge the work you are doing and see the progress you are making. Set yourself more immediate targets and deal with whatever is in front of you. And when you evaluate, look back at where you were a month or a year ago and read the notes you made at the time.
Everything you’ve done up until now is merely the foundation for what you are about to do. Furthermore, whatever foundations you have built so far are only honoured if you keep pushing yourself. As this line from the post, ‘Meat & Potatoes‘, puts it: ‘The sole purpose of everything up until that point had been to serve what was about to happen.‘