Have you ever gotten really excited while reading a book yet not experienced the transformation you hoped for?

While insights from a book can be thrilling, to turn theory into habit, you must practice, over and over and over again.

Perhaps the single most important step toward taking steps you feel great about is to consciously dedicate time to reflecting on and choosing your next steps. Without time for conscious practice and reflection, it’s hard to create the changes you hope for.

To truly benefit from any book, you’ll need to devote time to practice.

The good news is that many of the most effective practices for personal transformation take only seconds or minutes.

They can even be fun. The most common emotion my clients report feeling at the end of our sessions is excitement.

I encourage you to dedicate about fifteen minutes to engaging with personal transformation practices per day.

Of course, if you’re facing big life changes, getting clear usually takes more than fifteen minutes. But if you dedicate fifteen minutes to practice, you’ll develop the ability to make better choices, including choices that free up time in your schedule.

If you’re thinking that you just don’t have time to practice:

I assure you that once you’re in the practice of dedicating time, it will feel much easier. But to get there, you will need to choose.

If the price you’d pay to dedicate to practice is too high, honor that. This book will be here waiting for you when the time is right.

If you’re ready to commit time to practice, decide when.

Many of my career coaching and leadership coaching clients have an easier time committing to a practice when they have a routine they can count on. So you may want to choose one time to practice each day—first thing in the morning, when you transition from one activity to another, at night before you go to bed, or another time.

And make it daily-ish: Aim for daily, and know that you’ll probably miss a day here and there. You’re human.

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