James Maddison says patience has been key for him on an individual level, and that Norwich City will need a similar collective approach throughout this season.
The creative midfielder has had to bide his time for a first team opportunity since signing from Coventry City in the 2016 winter transfer window, but is now very much part of the senior picture.
Having started each of the Canaries' opening three games, Maddison is determined to keep his place when QPR visit Carrow Road on Wednesday.
"When I came to Norwich I didn't necessarily hit the ground running," he told the media on Tuesday afternoon.
"I've had to be patient but came back in pre-season feeling in good shape. Everyone had a clean slate and I want to continue playing as many games as possible.
"The Championship is a long, hard season. I'm only 20 and am still learning all the time. As long as we stick together it can be a positive season.
"I just want to keep playing well. There's tough competition in my area of the pitch but that's good. It's healthy.
"Against QPR we have to be patient. We've got to keep believing in what we're doing and I'm sure it will work out for us."
City's meeting with Ian Holloway's side comes following the weekend defeat to Sunderland; a match which Maddison himself has analysed thoroughly.
"Sunday was a disappointing result but the way we played was ok," he added.
"I've watched the game back myself and on reflection it wasn't as bad as we thought. The result doesn't flatter us but if we have that performance regularly we'll win more than we lose.
"I love the game. I like to watch games back to reflect on my own personal performance and how the team did.
"We have meetings and go through elements of the game. The boss is open and we can talk as a squad, which is the best way to go forward."