For the few skills at which I excel, I noticed that I never viewed the intense hours I devoted as “practice”. I obsessed over the activities themselves and became interested in the challenge. There’s a reason you don’t hear: “Gimme a minute mom, I’m working on video game skill acquisition!”
The quality of hours spent mastering a skill is influenced by what we believe we’re doing during those hours. It’s all practice of course, but doesn’t “playing” and “doing” feel like something we’ll continue long-term?
You will persevere and excel if what you’re doing is an enjoyable challenge and not an obligation.