This is from another forum post I made recently. For anyone new to this website, I encourage you to click on "Forum" on the upper left corner of this webpage to see much more mnemonics community discussion. Now on to the topic below:
If you approach learning The Art of Memory with the idea that you will try to learn everything at once and get extremely good in the matter of one week, then you are simply asking for failure. There is no extraordinary skill that can be gained by ordinary efforts. If you want to develop a super memory, you need to put in the small amounts of time everyday. You need to practice that 20 or 30 minutes a day learning how to be more creative and imaginative in how you go about using mnemonics. You need to read the books, blogs, forums, and you need to teach and talk to others about these mnemonic systems. I advice you to teach them to others for free at first, because the enthusiasm you get from other people will so inspire you and ignite your passion for Mnemonics that you will have gained significantly from giving. That is my experience.
Don't wait for life to change before you change your life. Easy come, easy go. The more value you put into it, the more value you will get out of it. Don't wait for circumstances to be right, but make the circumstances right by your dedication, persistence, and effort. Even if the mental images you create are difficult at first, even if it seems to take you a long time to use the techniques to remember even a few things at first, keep at it, and day by day, inch by inch, it's a cinch. If you try to learn it by yards, however, it is very hard indeed. So remind yourself that life is short, the memory is stubborn, but your efforts are eternal and rewarding.