open mind/receptive spirit
i've started several new activities over the last six months and the common thread is :
its not just going to learn..its being ready to.
All it takes is one 'click' type moment for it to become easy and understandable. Sometimes its something the instructor says/does...sometimes its watching another student. There are days when everything is understandable and clear. Others where people are there in body only. Literally there for activity rather than practice.
While trying to figure out how to learn, I've come to the conclusion that its a personal thing - much like the brick wall thread. Maybe sometimes we just don't know its there.
The wall/the stubborness or even fear.