So last week I wrote a post talking about how I wasn't doing the work on tactics that I knew I needed to.
I then committed myself to doing 15-30 minutes a day every day.
Since then I have made that goal perhaps half the time. Certainly not every day, however.
On the one hand that's really not that big of a deal. I'm still doing *some* tactical work every day after all. On the other hand, this is a huge issue. Because when you distill things down to their essence it becomes more difficult to achieve a goal when you don't do the work that needs to be done to get there.
I remember my first chess coach telling me that his coach wanted him to work on basic tactics for an hour a day "just to stay sharp." He told me that he wasn't going to do it because he felt that his tactics were good enough as is.
At the time I was thinking to myself "What's the point of having a coach if you're not going to listen?" And yet here I am not listening.
Now it's true, I can't guarantee that doing this tactical work will make me a master. I don't know what it will take because I'm not there. But I do know that my tactics need work because I am overlooking simple tactics.
So I guess this week will be about self reflection to determine how committed I am right now.