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… doesn’t compensate for practice not done today!

Why is it so often that when we want to do something we end up doing something completely different? You’re sitting there thinking you really want to learn how to do something, that you really should start studying or that it’d be a great idea to start exercise today, but instead you end up watching a movie or playing games.

I’ve been thinking of this quite a lot lately, and I think that we act the way we do because we’re not seeing any immediate results of what we’re doing. We’re afraidĀ  that it’s a waste of time doing things that takes more than ten minutes to get a result from, instead of getting an instant laugh from a tv-show or win a game online.

I know some people that have hobbies and ideas that both they and I know are the real joy in their life, but never the less they’re very often ending up doing nothing most of the days.

It’s never too late to start getting back on track though! Remember that/those skill/-s you have? Do you remember that you actually practiced to get them, and do you remember the people you know that don’t have them? Well, that’s the long run results of practice, and it’s easy to forget that!

In my experience it’s the long term results that are the ones that gives the most joy, because you know you’ve worked hard for them, and that it’s taken a lot of will to get there, but you did it! That’s a proof of that you’re able to achieve things that are more valuable than getting lots of friends on a certain online community.

And there is no better time to start than today. Today is always the best day to start!

One thing that’s important when practicing something is to stay focused. Avoid watching tv or chat online at the same time as practicing, close that down. If the instant kick urge is too strong when you’re in your room, get out of your room and do it somewhere else. This guy has a few things to say about focus, so if you want, check it out! Start practicing in small chunks of time just to get the routine in there, then start extending the chunks of time until you’re doing things you love and want to get better at so much that you will happy pretty much all the time!

I’ll end with a quote I read today on an awesome blog of happiness: “Happiness not spent today, doesn’t equal more happiness tomorrow” – Scott Dinsmore

The same goes for practice. Practice done tomorrow doesn’t compensate for practice not done today. (Fine, it didn’t end with the quote, but I hope it’s all the same!)

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You could learn how to play this!

Sometimes it’s really easy to be content with working or going to school. Like it doesn’t matter what you do before you go there or after you get home, because you’ve already been a good girl or boy and done your duty for society.

I’ve been there and I’m still struggling with it sometimes. But I also know that living that way will never get anywhere in life, and I won’t get better at things I like or do things I want to do. Your life is more than just going to work or school, thinking otherwise is punishing yourself.

I was taking a walk today, and I took a quiet break in the nearby park, watched some children play around, and just sat there. I was thinking I should practice some guitar and study Japanese today, but I was also blocked by the thought “Wouldn’t it be nicer just to not do anything demanding today? It’s weekend after all”.

But even though I like to have some days when I don’t do anything, it hit me that doing these things wouldn’t be demanding. I love playing guitar, and I really want to learn Japanese, that’s why I’m here, so why am I thinking like this?

I don’t get better at Japanese or playing guitar by not doing it. It can help watching a movie or just listening to music from time to time but at some point you will have to get off your ass and just do what you love and get better at it. And you WILL get better at it if you just keep doing it regularly and don’t give up too fast. And it’s fun getting better at what you love! If it gets a bit dull, take a break, take a walk, and get back to doing it!

Getting good at things and making changes in your life take time, so having good motivation and do things you love is important. And it’s so much more rewarding, both for your soul and your aims, to let yourself take time to get good at things. If you got good at anything in just a few days, then anyone could be good anything without putting any effort to it, and that would take away all the fun.

Making a better person of yourself is what I believe life is about, and I also believe that that is how you get happy, by constantly improving yourself and your mind.

What do you want to do?

  • Learn to play the guitar? Pick up the guitar, search youtube for guitar tutorials!
  • Start saving money? Stop spending and learn to be happy with what you’ve got!
  • Getting healthier? Check Internet for healthy recipes, cut out unhealthy food and start moving!
  • Getting a cleaner room/house? Clean it, declutter it and keep it clean and decluttered!

What do you want to get good at? What do you love doing? Are you doing it right now? If not, start doing them! It’s your life, so do the things you love, there’s no reason in the world not to!

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