Patience you must have...

...my young Padawan. Yoda said it, I believe it, that settles it. Patience isn't just a good idea, it's practically a law of physics. If you attempt to shortcut the process, any process, you will surely find yourself back along the path you just travelled with a lot of make-up work to do. 

There are a hundred ways to say this. See which one rings true for you:

Festina Lente (Make haste slowly) - Ancient Latin
Slow is smooth, smooth is fast - Navy SEALs motto
The two most powerful warriors are patience and time - Tolstoy
Patience is the companion of wisdom - St. Augustine
Genius is patience - Newton
The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg not by smashing it.-Glasgow
Do it the hard way first and be done with it. - My dad

One aspect of patience is the ability to bear tedium: the DMV website, other people's stupidity, growing up and winter. The more important side of patience is being patient with oneself while working through the learning and growth process. This is especially true when practicing high level physical skills. It's easy to do a pretty good barbell clean, let's say, and much harder to do that same movement really well. (We get into the 80/20 rule here. Read more.) Without the right amount of the right kind of patience one of a couple things can happen; You can get frustrated that you're not good enough and quit or you can accept crappy movement, do "pretty well" and eventually hurt yourself.

Not cool.

The acquisition of skill, any skill, is based on practice. Practice can only happen when you're calm, focused and attentive. Not a bad definition of patience. Giving yourself over to the moment, being immersed in what you're doing and really letting progress and growth happen will get you where you want to go. You'll certainly get there faster than you will by thrashing around and grumbling about "how long this takes".

Life, health, fitness, longevity, skill in complex areas require concentration. Despite what you're led to believe these things are not well served by shortcuts, hacks, bypasses, end-running and evasive maneuvers. They're best served by patiently doing the necessary work in the right order, and the appropriate amount of grit. 

Enjoy the process. You'll enjoy the end results more, too.

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