Best time to plant a tree is yesterday
The best time to plant a tree is yesterday, the second best time is today. -an old proverb
You can’t training montage your way to the top like it is a movie, but you also don’t need to cancel all of your commitments and devote yourself to a sensei at the top of a mountain. A little bit of progress ever day goes a VERY long way over the years.
I call it “progress through endurance” – show up a little bit every day and the dividends down the line will be huge.
Open up that educational book and read a chapter a day. Go for a short run after work. Pursue that extra certification.
Big or small, find something to work on ever day and you can go far.