The initiative of mastery is important, and it's fundamental to learning and applying your craft effectively. However, equally important is what you can perform and validate right now. Spend too much time engaged in the long-term without accomplishing a purposeful short-term objective, you prevent yourself from being relevant. (This includes the effects of filling your mind with too much information at once.)
Although each have different purposes, short-term and long-term initiatives are most effective when the action you take now enables you to connect the vision of what you want to achieve. This requires a clear vision, knowledge, design, method of validation and discipline. This is a core tenet of Radius Factor and why design thinking is valued so much. The methods of how to learn and how to train coincides with the shortest path to applying a skill effectively now and how it also relates to a purposeful end goal.
Although it still requires self-discipline, the training method of PTK-SMF is a good example of the progression needed for effective skill development that can be applied in a short amount of time and why it's included as an integral part of our personal protection training process. It's simplistic, versatile, dynamic and offers a clear understanding and articulation of tactics as well as a method of validation.
With that in mind, what you can execute (and retain) in the short-term should always be reflected in the training process and method of validation – starting day one.