When you first start exercising, you focus on speed and numbers. How fast you can go and how you can rack up the numbers. Externally focused.
As you progress in understanding, you slow down, realising that a measured pace and form are more important. How slow you can go without losing balance and the right body shape to avoid long-term injury. Internally focused.
The same applies in many aspects of life. The beginner is hurried and focussed on lifting numbers. The sage is unhurried and focussed on sustainable shape.
They both go far, but one goes farther.
All start as beginners, few become sages. Because slowing down, however fulfilling, is boring.
– Osasu Oviawe