Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
We have seen that athlete who makes it look easy, that actor that just seems so natural that he’s not even acting any more, that artist who’s brush strokes make masterpieces to simply appear, or that musician who can make his instrument to speech a language of its own. These people make it look so easy that what they do seems to require no skill at all…till you try to do it. (Yes, Bob Ross…I am talking about you.)
But like every good magician, what the public doesn’t see is the countless hours of training and practice, the discipline and dedication to the preferred art. You have to realize and understand that their supernatural confidence in their skill comes precisely from that discipline and training. And that is what you have to apply.
Train and practice everything you want to do right, specially thing that you think would require no training. Do you think a person is just born with a charming smile? With a proper walk? With a firm handshake? Every time you do these things, take it as training. Focus on what you are doing, till you don’t have to focus any more, till it becomes as automatic as breathing. Then, when it is ingrained into your being, can you stop training.