Being able to do what you intend to do stems from the readiness to globalize what is ahead, what you want to do. Skill is often understood as an expression of gift, talent, or learning and training. When we think of skill as an expression of gift and talent, we neutralize the relational aspect of behavior and emphasize supposed causes, predispositions, and characteristics to explain and understand it.
Establishing causes, either by admitting intrinsic causes (such as gift, talent, vocation) or by admitting extrinsic causes (such as learning and training), segments the globalization of availability and creativity into skillful behaviors. In this sense, when skill escapes the artistic field, it is understood as cleverness and opportunism.
The apprehension of wholeness, of the context in which skill is exercised, goes beyond the motivations deemed necessary to accomplish tasks and purposes, since they require availability: being whole and in tune with what is happening. This attunement, this availability allows us to grasp the contradictions, continuities, and discontinuities of what is shown, and to skillfully transform and transpose it. It is this transposing that expresses, translates, and realizes the skill, thus creating efficiency, diligence, and harmony.
In ability there is no functional fixity, no stereotypy, and no mechanical repetition. Skillful behavior is congruent and always enables qualitatively integrative diversifications.
The ability to grasp the contradictions of others, their difficulties, allows transformative encounters, as well as enables fundamental departures for integrity of life and experiences. When dealing with difficulties, impasses, lack of resources, and even - on the psychological level - with individuals closed in mutism, autism, and self-referencing, or overflowing with demands and aggression, the skill can establish encounters. Finding the point of tension is one way to untense, to untie the nodes that expose openings and passages. Readiness to perceive the other, with the ability to surpass him/her (for example, when faced with a survivor needing to fulfill desires at all costs, even if it means destroying everything ahead), is a way of overcoming impasses and pitfalls. The threatening assailant, the ex-spouse who physically assaults are distanced, avoided when one apprehends the settings that situate and identify them.
To dwell on aspects, however explicit and defining, establishes cuts that mask what happens as a totality.
Skill is the well-known “presence of mind”, it is the total participation that transforms the event, enlarging its dimensions as contradictions, findings, directions, and sequences. To be skilled is to be alive, whole and participating, without a priori: no fears, no certainties. It is stop oneself back in the globalized, thus being available to reconfigure it in other dimensions and contexts. This transposing ensures change because it is structured in skill, in line with what happens.
The incredible experiences of sound, colors, and shapes, expertly synchronized in a movie, a concert, a painting, or still the execution of furniture, clothing, jewelry projects, when skillfully made, express availability and congruence, being examples that attest skill, dedication, expertise.
In mechanical and depersonalizing systems, where everything is imitated to achieve the effect that is considered good, beautiful, and useful, one always tries to have skill and dedication, but they are copies equivalent to the Köhler chimpanzees with their imitative behaviors. These animals looked but did not globalize what they saw, scurrying to do what the other chimpanzee had done, not even knowing what the problem was or how difficult it was.
To be skillful is to be wholly dedicated to what you challenge, what you intend to accomplish, do, and experience. Copies, imitations, and collages exile ability, though they often enable efficient but unskilled robots, for there is no freedom, everything is done within programmed limits and rules followed with the intention to undertake something.