Unconscious Competence

February 10, 2017 Brand Direction 0 Comments

Last month’s article we looked over how to set goals and how to achieve them. This month goes a bit hand-in-hand, especially if the goals you set were behavioral changes you want to make (become a better prospector, get better at remembering names, etc).

People are born unconsciously incompetent. They do not know the right way from the wrong way, and don’t care! With clear expectations, knowledge, and in some cases self-awareness, they move to the step of conscious incompetence. They still do not know how to do something, but they do know they should be doing it differently. Through skill building, people move to the next step of conscious competence. They are able to perform a task, but they need to think about each action. It is not automatic. An example of this would be someone who is learning how to drive, and still needs to consciously focus on each part of the process – shifting gears, parking, or entering traffic. At this level, their performance is measured by standard performance indicators, such as those used by drivers license examiners. They are competent and can do the job, but not proficiently. With the right motivation, opportunity, a supportive work environment and natural aptitude, an individual can move to the highest level, that of unconscious competence. At this level, they are both competent and proficient, and no longer need to focus so much conscious attention on their actions (activities, tasks, and steps) in order to perform at a competent level.

So, how do we do this (successfully)? Same way you potty train a puppy or teach your child how to behave in public; rewards. Follow one (or a combination of) these 9 things:

  • Reward yourself
  • Enjoy inspirational messages
  • Use positive self-talk
  • Track your progress
  • Be consistent yet flexible
  • Daydream about success
  • Surround yourself with positive people
  • Forgive yourself
  • Avoid negative messages and influences

Most of all, show yourself some patience. It takes 21 days to create a new habit or break a bad habit. You can do it!


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