Education, along with greater focus, are both important because they help you develop a conviction of the need to change, and help increase your commitment once you have made the decision to change. This conviction to change then develops into determination, which in turn leads to action. The strong determination to change enables you to make a substantial effort to implement the actual changes necessary to turn your life around.
Once you obtain the proper knowledge and information, that sense of seriousness and commitment will appear. A sense of urgency can be a vital factor in effecting change. It can give you tremendous energy AND desire to go on.
You must then exert consistent effort to establish new habit patterns of thinking and behaving. This is the way that inner change and transformation takes place.
The life you are experiencing right now is the result of the kind of thoughts you had in the past, either on a conscious or subconscious level. Most people are not aware of this, and are sliding through life on autopilot, just accepting what happens to them, and never really breaking free of the constant struggle for survival.
Life should be phenomenal, life can be phenomenal, and life will be phenomenal, when you decide to take control of your own destiny. You have the power to change your future, by making a committed decision to do whatever it takes.