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November 17, 2012 / glennlim thots

Power Mastery 2 (Forming Transformational Habits)

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In the last article we talked about the 4H Model of authentic transformation for personal development. The ultimate goal for personal mastery is to reach stage 4 – HABITS. This is where real character formation and change happens. You breed new habits of excellence as part of your pattern of life.

So the key question is: How does one form these transformational habits? This article introduces Maslow’s 4 Stages of Learning (habit-forming):

Stage 1 – Unconscious Incompetence (You Don’t Know that You Don’t Know)
At this level you are blissfully ignorant: You have a complete lack of knowledge and skills in the subject in question. On top of this, you are unaware of this lack of skill, and your confidence may therefore far exceed your abilities.

Stage 2 – Conscious Incompetence (You Know that You Don’t Know)
At this level you find that there are skills you need to learn, and you may be shocked to discover that there are others who are much more competent than you. As you realize that your ability is limited, your confidence drops. You go through an uncomfortable period as you learn these new skills when others are much more competent and successful than you are.

Stage 3 – Conscious Competence (You Know that You Know)
At this level you acquire the new skills and knowledge. You put your learning into practice and you gain confidence in carrying out the tasks or jobs involved. You are aware of your new skills and work on refining them. You are still concentrating on the performance of these activities, but as you get ever-more practice and experience, these become increasingly automatic.

Stage 4 – Unconscious Competence (You Don’t Know that You Know)
At this level your new skills become habits, and you perform the task without conscious effort and with automatic ease. This is the peak of your confidence and ability. This is where the new skill has been internalised, and it has become part of who you are. Now you are a brand new person!

More on this topic coming up on following posts…stay tuned!

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