Law 45: Preach the need for change, but never reform too much at once
- Everyone wants change but too much is traumatic
- When new to power show you respect old ways
- Make change feel like a gentle improvement on the past
Don’t expect that reinventing yourself will happen effortlessly like flipping a light switch. Take baby steps. One day at a time. Attempt managable changes and observe the results. If you fail, try again. Learn from your mistakes. Build on your successes. This is not to say radical change is impossible. Only that gradual improvement is more likely to succeed and failures will be less traumatic. Swallowing the Red Pill is already a huge paradigm shift, and challenges will come to you unbidden: life, death, marriage, divorce.
So, look at your life as a work in progress. Have attainable goals that lead to big milestones. Whether your need is to eat healthier, or lift more in the gym, or overcome an addicition, or manage your money. Whatever it is, small improvements will add up to big changes in the future. Patience, perseverance, and consistency are your watchwords. Eschew instant gratification culture. Avoid immediate rewards with delayed payment. True self-improvement doesn’t happen all at once, and it doesn’t happen overnight. Anyone who tells you differently is selling you a bill of goods.
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