It is not the understanding part but it is in the doing.
You must understand that it is a process. It does not disappear immediately, it is something you work on daily so that it starts to reduce.
My personal thief that I have a bug bear is Krodh.
It is something that I am trying to deal with but it is through Bani, Ardaas, Naam which through Maharaj's kirpa helps me find ways to deal with Krodh.
It is through Maharaj's Kirpa which makes me think "Aah, I see where I am going wrong Guru Ji, let's try it this way"
You have to train your mindset. Think of the vice as a challenge that needs to solved and challenged and overcome.
No, it makes perfect sense. I think this style is specifically written for western raised Sikhs and uses english syntax.
How old was you when you landed in Canada. I also came here at a very young age btw.