The only one that cares about the effort it took to get where we are is us 🙂
Nobody else really cares.
The shortest path between two points of learning is not to grind repetition after repetition or using effort and resistance.
The shortest path is that of deep learning. 1o,000 repetitions of a sword stroke, a roll, a strike or a choke are nothing but honing a position in time. Good for conditioning and great for building spirit but they are not advancement in skill. 10,000 slightly different repetitions of a direction or getting from A to B are accumulated learning and as such serve as a force multiplier or in economics as a compound interest where every repetitions amount to more than what it is and serves as a learning moment.
We will most likely not have those 10,000 repetitions one after the other. Many will just be empty or at the same place we were yesterday, but the aim to make each repetition, unique in some way. That is what makes us excel over time and see more than what our yesterday eyes could.
Be different constantly and enjoy the moments of joy in learning.
The blood flows either way, why not learn during the ins and outs of our breath.