Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 03, Text 43
We often make resolutions to conquer our lower passions such as selfishness, ego, greed, lust or anger. Most such resolutions for self-improvement often have a high mortality rate in the flight from conception to implementation. Why?
Often, the cause lies not in the flight, but in the takeoff. We frequently try to externalize our resolutions without internalizing them adequately. This means that we start attempting to do a thing externally without doing enough to convince ourselves internally why we should do it.
Usually, we start our internal journey for self-improvement due to an external stimulus: an electrifying talk, a stirring passage or a moving interaction, for example. Such an external stimulus may be enough to initiate our self-improvement journey. But to sustain the journey, we need the fuel of internal conviction in sufficient quantity. Unfortunately, at the start of the flight, we neglect to boost our conviction adequately; we are too eager to take off. This unwarranted haste causes our resolution to run out of fuel in mid-air and crash to a premature death.