There’s two sets of skills: necessary skills which you use often, and extra skills that you use when you least expect it. Ideally, we’d work on all of them if we just had the time! Sometimes it’s hard to tell if a technique we’re practicing belongs in one category or the other. Are picking the right skills to work on just based on luck? Nope. Just use a heuristic process.
Sometimes (actually, all the time) you wish a gnat would just go away. All they do is float over your head and stick around. You just wanted to work out, why does this have to be a side effect of that? Well, have no fear. The bad things in life only look bad on the outside.
Intensity keeps hot water boiling. If it’s too hot, the water disappears. In the same way, there is an art to maintaining progress for long-term profit. Grinding, multitasking, and tunnel vision are powerful abilities that, if used thoughtlessly, will cause your work rate to evaporate.
What came first, the action or the idea? Whether one comes before the other depends on how far you are in development, and can play a huge role in how fast you attain success. It can be the difference between obstructed overthinking and improved awareness.
Did you see that? The way she twirled her straight, bright brown hair around her index finger as she smiled at you.
You noticed her approaching from far away. It’s as if another cat walked into your life. Focused on your task, you paid her no special attention except to the colors she wore.
But then she pleasantly strode by. “Sup”, you whispered to her. She smiled, “Hey.”