Yes! we most certainly can teach ourselves to learn. No one said it would be easy, especially if you have to unlearn all the bad habits and routines that you have settled into. However, with a little discipline and a lot of willpower, we can get there. The trick to is start as soon as possible. Do you have a habit you would like to incorporate into your routine? Exercise maybe? Or studying a new language?
Do not wait for the kids to grow up or the summer holidays.
You do not have to study two hours a day or exercise a full body workout each day. Start with small baby steps, five minutes a day, or two pages to read each day.
If you aspire to be a writer, write a 100 words each day.
I can assure you that within a week you would have considerably increased your daily limit and you'll be well on your way to reaching that novel/marathon/competitive exam/foreign trip.....
The next important thing is: Do not beat yourself up if you fail or miss a day.
As Winston Churchill said, " Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm."
Take those baby steps, do not give up and be positive.
Rome wasn't built in a day. It takes time and patience, with yourself and others, to get to that goal that you have set.
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