15. Play the long game
Most of the benefits in our lives come from long-term compound interest. This is actually a paraphrased Warren Buffett quote, but the same logic applies to learning new skills or getting in shape. You can’t expect to get the results you desire in the first week, month, or even a year from now.
The key is not to focus on the results but the system that will allow you to become the person that can become fluent in German. This means a shift in your identity, not just your daily habits. Set up a schedule that you can follow day in, and day out, and make it dead easy for yourself to do so.
This could mean starting out your German lessons by practicing for just 5 minutes a day. Or it could mean rewarding yourself with a tasty meal or a night out with your friends to trigger dopamine whenever you practice. Figure out what will allow you to play the long game, and start before you’re ready.