Some things are easy to understand but hard to practice.
Perhaps you are learning to play double stops on the fiddle. You understand that you have to play two strings at once, and that it doesn’t take more energy than playing a single string. But you can’t seem to make it sound nice.
Or, you’ve been told (by me constantly) that the most important thing is to just play every day. You understand why that’s a good idea, but you can’t seem to do it.
You understand that certain conditions and practices lead to well-being: diet, exercise, a low-stress lifestyle, etc. But you find it nearly impossible to really do any of it on a regular basis.
Why? Because it’s hard. It’s hard to practice. Hard to break out of current patterns of activity and thought.
But wait. How hard is it? What exactly is hard? Is it hard to learn the fiddle? Or is it hard to master it in one month?
Maybe if we look at what we’re doing as a process, then we can move beyond easy and hard and just do it.
My tip: start small. Just play for ten minutes a day. But do it every day. Or just change one little thing about your diet, like eat half as much for dessert. Then see what happens.
What really makes you practice? You’ll have to experiment and find out for yourself…