They say sometimes it just takes the right moment, the right person, the right phrasing, before something just clicks. Has this ever happened to you? Have you had something happen over and over in your life and finally you understood it or saw it differently? Today we will discuss those 4 stages of learning and the revelation I had as well.
(what stage do you want to be in when you walk towards the fire?)
The fire service trains to three different levels, they are; awareness, operations, and technician. It occurred to me, these are the 4 stages of learning!!!
Stage 1: No Awareness. Unconscious Incompetence. We don't know what we don't know. Thus, we don't even have an awareness. This is arguably the most dangerous level not just for firefighters but for everybody.
Stage 2: Awareness Level. Conscious Incompetence. We know what we don't know. Now we can say "I didn't know that." It is here where we become intimidated by all the information we never knew and never knew we didn't know. People may either become paralysed into inaction by saying "well there must be more stuff I don't know, so I don't know if I should do that." or into action by saying "I better find out."
Stage 3: Operations Level. Conscious Competence. We know what we know. Here we are functional. Here we can take orders and perform them with little to no supervision.
Stage 4: Technician Level. Unconscious Competence. What we know is a part of us, a part of our nature. Here we live what we preach. In fact, this person may not even preach. People learn from their actions and behaviour. Peers understand their knowledge of the material just through the actions and through what the technician does. It is understood they know.
How can we become technicians in our lives? Masters of what we do?
Put simply, we must:
-Discover what we want to be a master/technician of
-Get past stage two where we feel incompetent and overwhelmed by all we didn't know (where most people quit)
-Repeat the proper practice until it becomes second nature. Live it everyday!
This is a perfect example of why mentors and masterminds work. You are dealing with someone who has gone through stage 2 many times. Knowing that this is normal can encourage us to continue in the face of difficulty. To feel comfortable and supported being uncomfortable!! To expose ourselves in areas we don't know so we can grow! To give us the tools to learn more quickly and make a smoother transition to stage 3.
The choice is always yours. Many people live in stage 1 and stage 2 and live in stage 1 and stage 2 lives. Join me in the quest for mastery. Let's work together in a journey to our stage 4 lives!