Three levels of skill

Beginner – I have no idea what I’m aiming at, how to improve my consistency, or the key points to my success.

Intermediate – I know how to hit a target and judge my success by it. I understands a few key points of my success though may incorrectly attribute many of them to the wrong cause.

Expert – I have a feel for what I need to do. While targets exist, I’m less stringent in my attempts to hit them directly seeing them only as a means to an end of a result.

This boils down to: First we understand the “rules”, then we break them.

That’s the process of skill development in a nutshell.