The most important self-improvement tip

Patience and Consistency is the key – results of all your efforts don’t come in a day. The ‘overnights successes’ have spent years to master their trade or skill. We don’t see the cost of their success, we only see the result. The early mornings, the all-nighters, restrictive diet for months, the burn-outs; All things come at a cost. In this world, we cannot get what we want or what we wish without paying a price for it.

The bigger the goal, the bigger the price. So if you want a good job, you have to study for it. You will have to go through interviews and get rejected. You want that perfect body? you need to sweat in the gym and watch your diet. You want to get better in a game? you will have to devote hours and hours of your time and money.

A popular theory is that ‘10,000 hours of practice can make you expert at anything’. Well, it’s not entirely true, it could also have to do with personality, the age you started, intelligence, or something else entirely. But you get the idea, for the desired output you need to provide some input, some fuel to the fire.

So now you must be wondering: there must be a shortcut you can take, that’s true but shortcuts can not lead to permanent success. We are genetically programmed to take the easiest path, the path of least resistance.

Bill Gates once said that he would always “hire a lazy person to do a difficult job” at Microsoft. Why? “Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.”

Success demands commitment and discipline

Improvement is not always about doing more of the right thing, it is also doing less of the wrong things. Examples range from eating less junk food, and/or missing fewer workout sessions, to merely spending less money eating out. Its means cutting out the waste out of your life and routine.

An improvement is where you have done better than yesterday, even if it’s only 0.1%. As well as this, improvement requires repetition. (Tip you’ve been waiting for/reason for reading this post). To improve, it is ‘essential’ to have a schedule (use a paper diary or a digital one). Add whatever you want to do each week and each month. Block out time each day or at least once a week for each area of your life you want to improve. Do you want to read books? block 15 mins each day for reading with no distractions (turn phone and tv off). Do you want to get fitter, put in slots 2 or 3 times a week and just do whatever you desire, like stretching, cardio, or weight or just meditate. Put reminders for everything you add to your calendar as well. This can be in the form of email reminder or alarm or just notification on the phone.

Do you want to be a writer? book time in your diary and write whatever comes in your head in that period of time. Never sit around for the motivation or ideas to come to you. The key is just to start it even you don’t feel doing it.

In the end, all you need is the discipline and the commitment to follow what’s on the dairy. It would be the only promise you will need to keep.