Everybody loves fast. We cheer for the fastest runner, and we want our team to draft the fastest player.
Even better - the longer, slower process will only require you to make small, slow, modest changes to your current life - changes which won't impact every other part of your life, and which you can continue to maintain for years to come.
The same can be said for life changes in many other disciplines.
Did you want to read more books this year, but you can never find time to curl up without any distractions and power through a few chapters? Try reading a mere 5 pages a night. By the end of the year you'll have read about 1,800 pages - 6 full books, give or take!
Did you want to get stronger this year, but you can't find time to get to the gym everyday? Try doing 15 push-ups in the mornings and evenings. By year's end you will have done over 10,000 push-ups! (and anyone who can do 10,000 push-ups has to be pretty strong, right?)
The same holds true for learning something new - whether a foreign language or art history or playing the guitar. 20 minutes of practice each day leads to more than 120 hours over the course of a year. For reference, a typical college course includes about 50 hours of classroom instruction. (I don't know about you, but I only paid attention for about a quarter of the classroom hours!) The reality is you can learn the equivalent of 2 or 3 college courses this year by using the slow & steady method, 20 minutes a day.
Look - fast is cool. Fast is sexy. Fast sells. But slow & steady works. Slow & steady fits into your hectic life, wedged perfectly between getting the kids out the door in the morning, running errands at lunch, and getting home in time to cook dinner. Slow & steady wins races over the long term.