From Unconscious Incompetence to Unconscious Competence – the Easy Way

The four levels of competence describe the way we normally learn and develop habits in our life:

Unconscious incompetence describes the fact that we don’t know what we cannot do. 

The so-called conscious incompetence is a very uncomfortable stage to be in: you know that you are not able to do it. 

If you want to develop that skill, you will have to train your conscious competence: you learn how to use the skill and still, it will take efforts to do so. (e.g. learn how to drive a car, remember all the buttons you need to push to do so). 

After doing that for a while, you enter the stage of unconscious competence and you just do it automatically, without even thinking about it. 

In coaching, you go through all these steps

You notice there is something you don’t master yet, you work through it, you practice is consciously and then you master it and do it automatically; it becomes a subconscious habit. 

And that´s the time-consuming part, regularly months at a time because you are simply missing the information that enables you to feel and perform that skill or newly developed habit. 

Quantum-physics based methods like INSTANT CHANGE are using a different approach:

The CDI process of the INSTANT CHANGE method (read more about it here) makes this conscious process a subconscious one as you switch directly from conscious incompetence to unconscious competence because the information needed to feel and perform that skill has been made available to you. 

The 4 levels of competence

What’s the impact of that  

As a client, the new information, the knowledge, is readily available for you, stored in all of your systems. 

Your learning and development process doesn’t require you to actively pushing through the barrier of fear as it is happening subconsciously.  

Instead, you behave in a way that feels familiar to you since all the information is stored in all of your systems already. You have mastered it already. 

What can you do to measure the impact and your success

 Well, it is only through the reflection in hindsight that you notice the changes.

 Three things can help you with that: 

Go back to what you have written down before your sessions, look at your mental trigger points and your fears and notice how you feel about that now and if you are still struggling with that. 

Ask the people around you for feedback. They know you best and see what has changed in you. 

Put yourself in the same situation again and notice how you react differently. 
If you are afraid of speaking in public, e.g., and you worked on that in your sessions, you will notice that the fear of doing so is gone and that´s how you experience your results.

Happy coaching! 

Katrin Bitterle & Klaus Tarrach



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