31. Mar, 2022

I didn't know, I didn't know

Have you ever wondered how you got from "I don't know", to "Oh, that's how to do it"? In other words, how you learned to do something you'd never done before?

You and I, everyone, begins the process of learning to do something new from a position of UNCONSCIOUSNESS; a mental state of, "I don't know, I don't know".

Further, if we have not practiced a particular skill before, we must also be in a position of INCOMPETENCE, which sounds a tad harsh. But, in this sense, it is the right word to use when we have never applied a particular skill before.

Whether it's learning how to tie a shoelace, ride a bicycle, drive a motor vehicle, or split an atom, the Conscious Competence Learning Model, first widely promulgated in the late 1960s, explains the stages by which everyone acquires all new skills

So What?

From a coaching perspective, every instructor must understand the application of the model; that every learner travels their personal journey of acquiring new knowledge/skill as an:

  • Unconscious Incompetence (I didn't know, I didn't know), passing through
  • Conscious Incompetence (I know I don't know) then 
  • Conscious Competence (I know what I didn't know) before arriving at
  • Unconscious Competence (I intuitively know what to do)

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Complicated IS Easy! Simple Is Hard!