I first heard this phrase used by the legend that is Tony Robbins when he was talking creating habits – the more you repeat something the higher the likelihood that it will become a habit.
“Habits lead to actions, which lead to results which in turn leads us to success” is the maxim.
Whilst I agree with this theory, I disagree that repetition is the mother of all skill.
I would say that persistence is the mother of all skills.
I come across people everyday who give up on their dreams…often when they are just within touching distance they give up.
They are literally around the corner form the finish line and yet they put their hands up and stop running.
Maybe you know someone like this or perhaps you’ve even done this.
Everything started well. They had an idea, a plan and they took massive action. They kept a positive mind but eventually it had been worn down by challenges, difficulties and people around them telling that perhaps ‘they’ve tried enough’ and ‘maybe it’s time to give up.’ – even they should be ‘proud’ of how far they’ve come.
Talk to anyone who has achieved real success and you’ll find that they have been so focused on their outcome or goal that they would run through concrete reinforced walls to get there.
Even when the odds have been stacked against them they’ve been persistent – even relentless in their efforts.
To them it is never enough until the job is done.
To achieve anything in life you have to hone your mentality to create a superhero level of persistence.
Yes habits are very important but in my opinion persistency is the mother of all skill.