An active decision
I think there comes a point where a chess player just doesn't get any better without devoting time to study the game on their own. I've played against people that got really good by just playing someone really good. I may not be that good in retrospect, however, I gained a lot of chess skill regardless just by playing someone a lot better. But regardless, there is a limit to how "good" you can get without proper study, in my opinion. Sure I noticed things I can do to improve my game. One being stoping to think more often rather than just blindly castling, developing, etc, especially at the point where you have to decide if it is time to castle. I know I have to learn to create traps for my opponent, as my tactics seem to stem from my opponents making mistakes, weither posional, blunders, or just simply not seeing a continuation. So yes, part of it is learning to create my own chances by getting better at setting trap. Also to do what my friend told me to do every so often a long time ago after we have played each other for awhile, To Stop, and Look. I also need to learn how to manage my time better. Not only that, but I know if I do not study the game I will be at a big disadvange if I someday decide to play tournament chess, as I one day hope to do. I don't really have the desire to be a grand master or anything like that. I just desire a rating of at least 1800, someday.
So the time must come for a chess player to make a decision. Do you want to become a serious player? That involves a lot of study, and learning about things you never thought existed in chess, as I am learning now...
Like anything else the decision must also follow through to a plan, and action has to happen, and you have to stick to it. There is a saying, "A thousand mile journey begins with a single step." My journey to become a tournament player has just begun.