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Stage Three: Conscious Competence

Stage Three: Conscious Competence

During the conscious competence learning stage, you know how to reach your goal but have to concentrate hard on your task. Nothing is automatic.

In this stage, your new learnings are still fragile and not yet cemented in your neural circuits — meaning you haven’t committed your new learning to your long-term memory. Because of this, you have to practice diligently and often or risk forgetting what you’ve learned.


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The Five Learning Stages

The Five Learning Stages

Beginning a new learning journey can be exciting. Beginnings are full of hope and possibilities. Starting something new can give us a glimpse of what could be if we stick with something long enough to see it through.

Becoming aware of the following five learning stages and knowing that what...


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Stage Five: Conscious Unconscious Competence

Stage Five: Conscious Unconscious Competence

The last stage of learning is when you can teach what you do unconsciously to others. It requires a deep understanding of what you’ve learned and an ability to communicate it to beginners.

Many people never get here, and the reality is that the younger you learned, the less likely you will ...


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Stage two: Conscious Incompetence

Stage two: Conscious Incompetence

This is the rude awakening you get when you realize all you don’t know. For many people, if they didn’t already quit in the blissful beginner stage, this second stage — or the suck — does them in.

The suck is where it slowly dawns on you just how much you don’t know. You s...


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Stage One: Unconscious Incompetence

Stage One: Unconscious Incompetence

The first stage of learning is called unconscious incompetence. In this stage of learning, we don’t know what we don’t know.

For most people, whether you’re trying to learn a new language, play a new instrument, or learn complicated jiu-jitsu moves, this first stage of learning sta...


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Stage Four: Unconscious Competence

Stage Four: Unconscious Competence

Stage four of learning is when you fully internalize all that you’ve learned. You can execute your new skills automatically and without having to think beforehand. This is the stage of learning when you’re most likely to regularly get into the zone because you can stop thinking so much. Instead, ...


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Stage Four: Unconscious Competence, is when you are skillfully, naturally, and easily able to handle the problem, without any mental effort. The skill that you have learned are now imbibed in you.  In this stage, you don't know what you know.

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