Small wins compounded over the course of months or years add up. The effects are sometimes subconscious and unnoticeable.
When you learn a foreign language you often spend a few hours learning or cramming vocabulary. You might do this everyday for weeks.
But when you try to use those words when your talking with a native speaker you often can’t pull those new words out of your head.
Your mind goes blank. Only until months later to those words naturally come out in conversation and you don’t think about it. This happened several times to me when I was living in Japan.
Take any skill and it’s the same story. If you play guitar and copy several blues licks, often times you won’t remember them when your soloing. But months later they appear out of no where almost like second nature.
In martial arts, you often practice a move over and over again but it doesn’t “click.” Only until weeks or months later does the move click and all of a sudden it has power and life.
Small wins are unnoticeable at first and appear much later when your not thinking about it. It’s easy to take small wins for granted because often times you don’t even realized you’ve leveled up. It may seem like you’re spending time doing nothing, not gaining any ground, until one day when things seem to be a little easier.
If I hadn’t realized this truth, I would still take small wins for granted.
If you don’t have this experience where it doesn’t “click” then keep going, and meet people who are better than you. If you still haven’t got it then it may be time to pick another skill.