We all desire to achieve success in what we do. We start out with big dreams and high hopes.
Then the reality sets in that we have to work and suddenly we understand why all overnight success stories were years or even decades in the making.
The reality is that we all must go through four steps to achieve success in anything.
It is because of these four steps that learning from a guru could be a major mistake. I’ll show you why.
- Unconscious Incompetence
- Conscious Incompetence
- Conscious Competence
- Unconscious Competence
This is the first stage and the easiest stage. In this stage we aren’t aware of what we don’t know. We aren’t aware of the skills that we need, we aren’t aware of any aspect of reaching the success that we want.
For example when you decided to start blogging you didn’t know about choosing a platform, a niche, a theme or anything else involved with blogging. You just wanted to get your voice or your product out there. In other words: you didn’t know what you didn’t know.
This stage can easily be the most frustrating stage because we do know what we don’t know. This is the stage of learning what we need to learn. It can be overwhelming because we had no idea how much was involved with gaining the success that we want.
In this stage we must find the belief in ourselves in order to keep going and to learn what we don’t know. In this stage mentors can be very helpful too.
This is the stage where we begin to feel some of that success that we have had our eyes on! We begin to gain competence in what we are learning. We need to put forth effort and think about what we are doing – but we are at least doing it!
If you are learning to ride a bike you must consciously think about pedaling, consciously think about steering, consciously think about watching for cars, etc. It’s a lot of effort but we are achieving what we desire!
This can be the most exciting step in many ways because we are learning so much and beginning to taste more and more success. People in this stage are often the ideal people to learn from because they have all the steps of learning fresh in their minds and they are excited about it. They probably feel a sense of pride being able to help others experience the joy that they are experiencing.
This is the step where true success has been achieved! We are able to do what we need to without even thinking about it. You can do what you need to and have your mind elsewhere.
When you are driving home and you realize that you can’t remember driving for the last ten blocks – that is unconscious competence at work. You were able to drive safely and your conscious mind wasn’t even paying attention. Yet you made it safely through those ten blocks.
When people have achieved this level of success they don’t know what they’re doing and they usually don’t remember the process of how they learned through the earlier steps. They are in the worst position to teach anyone even though they have achieved the highest levels of success.
I have been in that position myself. I was excited to teach others when I was in the conscious competence stage but as soon as I had mastered the skill myself after a while I found myself unable to teach others how I had gotten there because I hadn’t written it down.
That is one benefit to having a blog: we can keep track of our learning when we are excitedly sharing with others. We can look back and remember how we learned so that we can help teach others once we’ve reached unconscious competence. Or we can refer them to our posts. We can also take those posts and create an ebook or a course.
It’s not useless to learn from a guru but if you do go that route make sure that the guru can adequately teach what they know unconsciously.
To Your Success,
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