We have all heard the phrase practice makes perfect, but that is not really true. Practice actually makes permanent. If you practice wrong, you will do it perfectly wrong. If you practice right, you will learn to do it perfectly right.
If you find yourself taking shortcuts or only giving partial effort, you are not only robbing yourself in that circumstance; you are practicing those bad behaviors. Before you know it, you will be really good at those bad behaviors. Everything matters! Even if it doesn’t feel like it in the moment. Practice making the best decision no matter how big or small, easy or hard. The practice will pay off.