You could excel at everything right from the start. If it were natural. If you had enough "talent". If you were pushed. Then what? You've got to hold the line. Keep performing. Don't slip. Feel the pressure mount.
Or you could grow gradually, letting your roots deepen as your branches reach up for balance, health, and sustained energy.
There are benchmarks and standards, but then there's your own progression. You don't want to wait to make an effort, or to be open to learning. But why push yourself into a mold not of your making?
Productive, joyful living comes from hearty effort born of curiosity. Instead of being hard to maintain, it's hard to stop. So the blooms keep coming.