Four stages of Competence

Learning to walk was one of the hardest things you’ve done in your life.  Learning to stand, to balance, to fall and get up again: watching a child learn this skill is endlessly fascinating.  Most of us give no thought to the process, and would be hard-pressed to describe it to someone. Experts say that we move from a state of unconscious incompetence, to conscious incompetence, to conscious competence to unconscious competence, as part of a learning pyramid, or hierarchy of learning.

Some would argue that unconscious competence is the pinnacle of the learning process. It seems to me that conscious competence is the highest level of mindfulness. At this stage, you are conscious of each step, with active attention involved with executing each skill.

Take time today to go for a walk, being conscious of each step, and of your surroundings.