I wrote this as a reminder to future self. I know that this journey is going to be a challenge – hopefully these words will keep me moving forward even when I don’t feel like it!
I’m not going to lie to you: learning to cook isn’t easy.
Not only is it hard to find the time & energy… you also need to find the focus.
We live in a world where hundreds of of distractions fight for our attention everyday. Focusing is like grabbing the steering wheel of your life. When you focus on your desired destination, you can overcome the distractions and master the cooking skills that you’ve been wanting.
One reason we don’t know how to cook to begin with: we weren’t taught like our parents & grandparents were. In the 80s, 90s, and 00s, we didn’t see our moms cooking as much as older generations did. Our parents worked more and took advantage of new, convenient options like microwave meals, pizza delivery, and fast food.
But more than ever, people are eager to make their own meals. Some want to eat healthier, some want to save money, and some simply want to have more control over what they put into their body.
While it’s true that success will look different for every home cook, one thing’s for certain: getting to that point will require determination and focus.
But you’ll make it. I believe you will. You’ll be one of the ones who really succeeds.
Do you know why?
Well… you’re here – aren’t you?
You’re actually making the effort – investing your time – to read information that will help you become a better cook.
You’re taking minutes you could’ve used to relax in front of the TV, and instead pushing yourself to grow by learning new skills.
So remember, even if you’re not learning as fast as you’d like, or cooking as often as you’d like, those small steps you’re taking today will pave the way to a much better future.
Take a moment to consider just how much you’ve managed to learn this past month alone. Now imagine continuing on the same pace for another 3 months – or even a year!
Learning to cook is a marathon, not a sprint.
There’s no final destination, either. Rather, it’s a lifestyle that you can continue for as long as you live. You can take your education as far as you want – learning new techniques like slow cooking, experimenting with new cuisines, or planning many meals at once for easier cooking during the week.
Cooking is hard, but rewarding. If you read content like this regularly and try to apply even part of what you’ve been reading to your everyday life, there’s a great chance you’re going to succeed.
It’s because you show up time and time again.
And over time, it’s all those little things you’ve done – all those minutes you’ve spent reading and practicing, instead of watching TV; all those extra dollars you’ve spent on groceries rather than eating at restaurants; all that time you’ve spent thinking and planning the next dish to add to your repertoire – these things add up.
These small changes and little decisions will help you get there. These simple choices will be the reason you’re going to be a great cook.