Knowing and doing. Knowing and not doing. Not knowing and....
Several years ago I wrote a series of articles that I eventually published as a book. Each article came not from 'knowledge' or 'wisdom' but from inspiration. They each spoke about energy and universal principles - long before "The Secret" movie and law of attraction teaching became so popular.
Recently I re-read the book (typos and all!) and realized that I had been operating at an unconsciously competent level. In other words I did not know what I knew!
There are four levels of competence - according to Daniel L Kirkpatrick - Professor Emeritus, University Of Wisconsin. In differing areas of our lives - we all operate at one of these four levels. In business it is essential to know what level we are working at.
Here are four levels:
1. Unconscious Incompetence = you don't know that you can't do it well.
2. Conscious Incompetence = you know you can't do it well.
3. Conscious Competence = you do it well, and you think about the work as you do it.
4. Unconscious Competence = you're so successful it's "automatic" -- you do it well, without thinking about it.
Understanding these four levels can be insightful for anyone doing almost anything.
In fact all of our failures occur in level number 1 - Unconscious Incompetence.
But when we are in level 2 - where we know we don't know how to do something and we do it anyway - this is where the real problem lies. This is the area where we need to ask for help.
If we are operating at level 3 or 4 - we really are working in our area of genius! This is where we should all be working - and delegating the other things.
How do we know what level we are operating at?
Slow down. Stop and think. Is this your area of skill and talent? Does this come easily to you? Do you have a lot of success in this area? Chances are you are competent - in level 3 or 4. (In the zone!)
If we slow down enough and are truly honest with ourselves about our skills and abilities - and ask for help when we need it - we will propel ourselves to success much faster.
So what I am really saying here? If you start to do something and make multiple mistakes or start getting frustrated - get someone to do it - where this is their level of genius. It will save you time and money. I guarantee it.