This is a perfect analogy for your practice. Sometime we are so eager to progress forwards, to "leap" to the next step that we will ignore some of the basic fundamentals. We move ahead so quickly that we short cut building a strong foundation for our practice on which to build from. It's easy to get "good" at doing things "sloppy" that we might not realize just how important one small thing is until we really need that one small thing to engaged properly to continue advancing.
Sometimes slowing down is the most important thing for continued growth and learning.