195 • No pain, no pain.

195 • No pain, no pain.

We must practice practicing to develop a personal method which will yield the best results. The best possible way of practicing – efficient, aware, creative, artistic, systematic, etc.- may at first be very difficult and uncomfortable and by that feeling of vexation you might realize its effectiveness before results materialize. We must to learn to meta-practice.

When mental fatigue, inability to focus, distraction, etc. starts deterring you from productive practicing, take that first impulse of wanting to stop as a sign of doing the right thing. It’s like muscle fatigue during physical exercise: we learn to recognize the right kind of pain that leads to improved conditions. The brain is trainable like a muscle and that includes the ability to train and improve focus. When you feel that you get to the limit of your capacity to focus productively, be it after 2 minutes or 2 hours, give it one more run!

See: 164 • Focused practicing is practicing focus.