Vera, thanks for the second. On this forum we get deeply into what to learn but we tend to gloss over conversations about how to learn. I think most of us pros here follow the teach them to fish school of thought, and certainly acknowledging and understanding the likelihood of us putting up some form of resistance to the new is helpful to any self-directed learner. It's kind of zen, but once you acknowledge a wall it starts to fall away.
Yesterday I took my first-ever golf lesson, after about 12 years of playing golf about 14 days a year. It was a great lesson, with absolutely nothing not on task. When I had absorbed enough, according to the pro, the lesson was over. At the end we went back to the shop and he wrote out a card with a practice routine/summary of the lesson, gave it to me, and said he'd see me again when I had the five things down.
I showed that I could do the five things during the lesson, picked up some cues to tell when I was doing them right or wrong, and got an idea of how much change I needed to anchor before returning. I thought that was an excellent outcome.
The point I'd like to make about the golf lesson re transition is that I haven't learned anything yet. It takes a lot of reps to groove the movement into muscle memory. Transition isn't just letting go of my old way of gripping, standing, swinging, and hitting, it's doing the work to get the new movements ingrained. The golf pro doesn't want to see me again until I have both hands on the next bar.
Seems simple enough, but how many people take essentially the same lesson I did and never make the transition to the next bar? My guess is plenty. Why? Because it's HARD and requires one to summon up and use WILL POWER. Of course, will power is usually paired with denial--I use will power to not smoke, drink, overeat, have sex with strangers, etc. As a nation, evidently, we are a little short on will.
We have to will a change into being, just as the people who take the first golf lesson and never satisfy the requirements to take the second WON'T change. You either will it or you won't. In other words, it's not just taking the risk, it's covering the bet.