The will to get good at it. You know how it is, you figure out something you want to do or learn, a new passion, skill or hobby. You get all excited about the endeavor, researching it, buying stuff for it, getting it all set up. Then finally you get started doing it. And it’s fun for the first few days, maybe even a few weeks. You are proud you’ve stuck with it, because didn’t you read somewhere that it takes 3 weeks of repeated behavior to create a new habit? Pretty soon, you start to take it for granted. A distraction presents itself and you think “I’ll get back to that later, I need to take care of this now” Before you know it, later becomes tomorrow becomes next week becomes a few months. And the momentum you worked so hard at establishing is gone, not to be recalled. Oh sure, you can work at it again, but the excitement isn’t really there, it’s been replaced by embarrassment and disappointment at letting it go in the first place. So getting back to that groove takes even more effort, because now you’ve added some baggage to the journey.
You have to want to get good at it, not just try to get good at it. The wanting will sustain you when the newness has worn off and the mundane has set in. I’d forgotten that in this process of blogging, fortunately someone kindly reminded me.