Mastery requires the exercise of your gift- the DOING of the gift.
The acclaimed pianist Paderewski practiced musical scales for four hours a day, even after he was recognized as being one of the foremost musicians in the world. He said that if he failed to practice for two weeks, he could tell the difference in his playing. A few more weeks, he noted, and the critics would notice the difference. And a few more weeks of not practicing, he mused, and the world would know he had not practiced.
What was true for Paderewski is true for all of us. Mastery is not a matter of wishful thinking. Mastery is rooted in practice and more practice and still more practice.
taken from “Living the Life You Were Meant to Live” — Tom Paterson (pg. 168)