The auditor is essentially a technician.
Existing techniques are such as to determine a scathing fact: An auditor who cannot achieve results does not know his tools.
Existing techniques are tools. Any tool requires intelligent handling and a deft-ness in application.
The user of any tool, whether it be a stone axe, an adze or a Geiger counter, must acquire confidence in that tool and confidence in his ability to use that tool.
An auditor is most successful when he has achieved an inexorable self-confidence in himself, in his tools, in his attitude toward the preclear and in the results he means and determines to achieve.
Any science is to some degree an art. The less variation in its results, the less it is an art. A perfect and “invariable” science still would contain the variable of its applicator. However, for the first time in the history of Man, we have achieved minimal variation of application for we can restore the native ability of the individual applicator to be self-confident. There is no argument about the exactness of our processes.
Nothing, tritely and truly, succeeds like success in auditing. Restored confidence in self aided by success in results markedly shortens for the auditor the time he will have to spend on any preclear and increases his level of success.
An auditor should attain personal and general self-confidence. He should then attain a good theoretical knowledge of his tools. He should have a period of application wherein he gains an excellent practical knowledge of those tools. He should then have several signal successes. If these steps are followed, an auditor’s use of his science should be certain and broad.
LRH, book: Advanced Procedure and Axioms