S:0662 Distinction: Skill vs. Ability

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)


It’s now recognized that people have many more abilities than they suspect. For instance, it’s been said that “women are more intuitive than men.” What’s become clear is that everyone has intuitive ability, it’s simply that they have not developed the skill to access, utilize, and benefit from it.

An ability is innate; you have it or you don’t.

You develop a skill by learning and practicing the ability.

The problem is that most people seem to assume they don’t have an ability, when they really may. They’ve just not developed the skill to access the ability.

Coaching Point: Assume you have an ability you desire. Where can you get help in developing the skill?


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