Personal Growth: 4 Levels of Competency

Personal Growth: 4 Levels of Competency

Part of understanding Personal Growth is understanding the 4 Levels of Competency and where you are in these 4 levels.

Personal Growth is one of those things that we all know we have to do, but we do it kicking and screaming.  If you start to embrace the growth and the change it will be not only enjoyable but downright addicting.

Part of your personal development should be to become more competent in all areas of your business.

So in today’s post I just want to go over these 4 Levels of Competency and let you decide where you are and what you need to do to move the next level.

Here Are The 4 Levels of Competency

1.     Unconscious Incompetence

At this level, you don’t even know how incompetent you really are.  It’s kind of a state of bliss.

This is the level where you’ve heard people say I just don’t have a clue and you don’t know how big and much that is.

Being competent at this level just doesn’t happen.

Wikipedia defines this stage as The individual does not understand or know how to do something and does not necessarily recognize the deficit. They may deny the usefulness of the skill.

2.     Conscious Incompetence

At this point the individual knows they have a deficit but they are not certain what to do to correct this.

Making mistakes and learning from them is integral for their learning at this level.

Wikipedia defines this stage as Though the individual does not understand or know how to do something, he or she does recognize the deficit, as well as the value of a new skill in addressing the deficit.

3.     Conscious Competence

This is the stage where the individual understands what they have to do and that they have to do something, but it doesn’t come as second nature to them.

Something like when you first start driving.  You know all the rules and mechanics behind driving, but you still have to concentrate on what you’re a majority of the time.

This is where people might look at you as being competent.

Wikipedia defines this stage as The individual understands or knows how to do something. However, demonstrating the skill or knowledge requires concentration. It may be broken down into steps, and there is heavy conscious involvement in executing the new skill.

4.     Unconscious Competence

This is where the individual becomes the expert.  They make what they do look very easy.

It’s like watching the figure skater and you are thinking to yourself, I could do that.view-of-windshield-while-driving-image-927x548

It’s when you drive from point A to point B and don’t really remember it, but you got there safe and sound.

Wikipedia defines this stage as The individual has had so much practice with a skill that it has become “second nature” and can be performed easily. As a result, the skill can be performed while executing another task.

The individual may be able to teach it to others, depending upon how and when it was learned.

So now the question is how to get to level 4 and become more competent in your business.

Consistent learning is the key.  Whether that is from taking courses or on the job training you have to be learning all the time.

My mentor and friend Ray Higdon has a multitude of free and paid courses that are worth their weight in gold and help in your personal growth.

I hope you have learned something from the4 Stages of Competence.  Would love to hear your thoughts on these levels.  Please share and comment below.

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