Capacity to do something well; technique, ability. Skills are usually acquired or learned, as opposed to abilities, which are often thought of as innate.
To acquire a skill, daily repetition must happen. But how should one acquire the discipline to do that?
The key is in realizing that discipline isn’t actually needed. Practice is. Yep, you guessed it – daily repetition is a skill in itself, and the way to acquire it, is doing daily repetitions.
I’ve tried, and am trying, to achieve many skills: martial arts, languages, programming, writing and music are the main ones. While you can definitely throw at me the jack-of-all-trades argument and say doing so many at once hurts me (which I disagree with), there’s one undisputed advantage – I’m very good at practicing.
Daily repetition is king. There’s research to show it and it can be seen through personal experience. Better ten minutes a day than seventy a week.
What’s missing is the capacity to actually do these repetitions. Here are the steps to gain that capacity:
Step 0: Understand that discipline, the suppression of your own desires, is irrelevant. What you need is the capacity to repeat, again and again, day after day, without internal resistance.
Step 1: Pick an easy skill to acquire. It should take less than a week to complete.
Step 2: Acquire that skill through daily repetition.
Step 3: Choose a skill that needs more time than the previous one. Go to step 2.
Eventually, you will reach a point where you can achieve the skill you always wanted to, by having the stamina to do the required practice. If you’re trying to achieve a lifetime skill (like a martial art), be sure to split it into equal length milestones (punching and kicking well, being able to step correctly, etc) then improve your repetition skill to the point where you can reach these milestones.
Yes, you can do it. Anyone can do anything.