This question is similar, but I'm looking for something subtly different.
Suppose you have a philosophy describing a way of thinking and acting. Acting on this philosophy requires work: your mind will slip out of engaging it in if you don't keep up a practice of keeping to it. Over time, you also get better at understanding this philosophy and at keeping to it.
I'm inclined to say one "hones to" the philosophy. I realize this is a slight abuse of the meaning of "hone" and conflates it with "home in". I also have no interest here in whether to say "home in" or "hone in" in the usual context, because I want to say something different from what is meant by "home in".
I'm trying to express these ideas simultaneously with "hone to" or "hone toward":
- you get close to acting based on the philosophy (you are "homing in" on what it describes)
- you need to "hone your skill" at following the philosophy
- you are trying to keep close to what the philosophy describes rather than drifting
Is there some already existing word or expression which captures this idea? I have thus far not found anything.
Alternatives I considered include "follow", which I dislike because it sounds passive, and "track to", using the meaning of track here as it is used in sailing terminology (c.f. "jibe"). I'd also prefer to stick with Germanic words because I like how they sound in this context, but I'm open to alternatives.