Accomplishment seems to be a natural result of internalization and coordination (sometimes conscious but mostly unconscious) of Effortful control + Creative release.
Effortful control is the holistic capacity to operate the human machine — all systems: physical, mental, emotional. It is to Know thyself & Heal thyself. It is both the knowledge and habituated action to maintain an internal state of control. And until the actions are largely habituated, the coordination is sloppy — and not in control.
Creative release tends to follow effortful control — it might even be considered its reward. Effortful control is consciously employed by high-performers to consistently “set the stage” for creative release. The best of the best are well-tuned to perform because they are buffered internally from the outside stimuli by way of their habituated effortful control mechanisms.
Creative release is observed from the outside as equivalent to the accomplishment itself. It is the culminating performance on the reality tv talent show. It can appear effortless, magical, astonishing.
On the inside, from the performer’s PoV, creative release is observable in each small breakthrough leading up to that culminating performance. It is the daily cleverness to overcome a select set of difficulties and the parallel consolidation of a “second nature” tool set of concepts and skills.
The outside and the inside briefly join together in that culminating performance. And we call that accomplishment. And it sets a new precedent in that category. Collectively, we shift the adjacent possible upwards and there is a new field of potential targets for our ongoing study and practice.
This cycle is observable in any domain area — though it’s not usually a public, worldwide performance as in the Olympics. Often it is far more parochial — inside a company or possibly an industry.
The cycle feeds affect back to both the performer and the audience, which elicits further action to achieve higher accomplishment: “The tribe is pleased, and I am honored.”
Thus, it is only natural that children would be trained to exercise effortful control, afforded opportunities for creative release, and ultimately to experience accomplishment.
Properly coordinated, we would expect any child who is reasonably well-tended to initially cultivate a broad set of skills, and experience junior-level accomplishments — entirely parochial, but nevertheless induces the necessary affective feedback.
Gradually, there would emerge a set of skills and activities which more readily lead to accomplishment, either due to better training from the adults tending the child or due to the child’s own aptitude. And voila — we have uncovered a body of skills which, if the child carries on as they have been, will likely be cultivatable to higher and higher accomplishment — possibly even on the world’s stage.
Currently, this intuitive model for cultivating human accomplishment seems to be an add-on to the institution of public education. Naturally, the more involved (and typically wealthier) parents will ensure their children are engaged in extracurriculars — which typically do conform to this model.