I used to have this weird freezer.
It was at the perfect temperature for a cool effect.
If I put an opened bottle of water in there, it wouldn’t freeze.
But as soon as I took it out, and twisted off the cop, it would freeze in about a second.
It was right at the “phase transition” temperature of liquid to solid.
All it needed was a little air, and movement, and instant ice.
Phase transitions happen a lot. Not just in matter (gas to liquid, liquid to solid, etc.) but in different levels of complexity.
For example, when you move from the stage of “conscious competence” to “unconscious competence.”
When something you’ve been studying or practicing for a long time drops down into your subconscious.
On a conscious level, it feels like magic.
This was the secret of both “Karate Kid” movies.
He trained a boringly repetitive skill until it became automatic.
If you’ve ever learned an instrument, it’s a pretty good feeling.
You’ve been practicing, with a LOT of frustration, and then you finally “get it.”
You can play the piece “by heart” without needing to think.
The trouble with most things we would like to accomplish in life is they require a certain degree of skill.
And those skills take practice.
They aren’t instant.
Only in our world of “instant gratification” things are often taught AS IF we really CAN learn them instantly.
Especially in the world of “self development.” There are TONS of books that give you certain “ideas” or different “frames” or “models.” But unless you PRACTICE those ideas or frames or models, it’s really not that different than reading a book on how to play the piano, without ever really practicing.
This is good news. Because all it takes is a few minutes of daily practice.
You won’t become a super-genius overnight, (at whatever skill you’d like) but it WILL happen, so long as you are persistent.
Unfortunately, most people are NOT persistent. They try once, maybe twice, and then give up.
World class athletes and musicians KNOW that the TRUE SECRET of mastering ANYTHING is daily practice.
Not when it’s convenient, or when you feel like it.
But every single day.
Whatever skills you’d like, to create WHATEVER you’d like ARE within your grasp.
So long as you are willing to do what it takes.
Ten, twenty minutes a day, and the world is yours.