There are four phases in the learning process that we go though with anything we learn. It starts with not even knowing you don’t know “it” to knowing “it” so well it’s almost a part of you.
I’ll share these steps for you with a real life example most everyone can relate to and with a personal example of something I’m learning.
This is the “You don’t know what you don’t know” part of the process.
There’s something you don’t know, you’re lacking a skill or awareness, but you don’t know it.
Think of an infant in a car seat. The child has no idea he’s in a car or that someone drives it or that someday he will drive one too. He lacks awareness of how a car operates and he doesn’t know it.
As personal computers were becoming a household norm, I didn’t know people were blogging. I’d never heard the word blog so I didn’t even know to look it up and learn more about them.
This is the “You know you don’t know” phase.
Now you know that you don’t know about something. You know you’re lacking a skill or knowledge but you still don’t know how to do it or understand it.
Think of a 4-year-old in a car seat. The child knows he’s in a car and that a person drives the car from place to place. He knows he’s going to drive someday, but he still doesn’t know how to drive.
So to compare this to blogs, there came a time when I heard the words blog and blogging a lot, but still didn’t really understand what they were or how people used them. I knew a blog could be a journal or article about something, but I didn’t understand how to start a blog or why I would want to start a blog.
This is the “You know it and are actively practicing it” step.
Now you know the something, but you have to work at it. You have to actively think about it what you’re doing.
Think of a 16-year-old behind the wheel of a car. He’s taken driving lessons and knows how to operate the car but he hasn’t had a lot of experience on the road. He has to consciously think about all aspects of driving: the pedals, the steering wheel, the traffic signs, other cars on the road, turn lanes, passing lanes and so on. He has to practice at driving each time he gets behind the wheel.
This is the step of learning I’m in with blogging. I have my own blog page (wink) and I know why I’m blogging, but I’m still learning to write better and faster. I’m also still learning to research and use keywords properly so I have to think about the writing structure and the behind-the-scenes activity.
Ah, we’ve arrived at the “You know it and do it automatically” step.
You are now able to do the thing without thinking. It’s automatic, like most adults are with driving.
Have you ever driven someplace and after arriving barely remember how you got there. That’s unconscious competence.
And with continued practice I’ll be in that place soon with my blogging. And with my Facebook Ads and other marketing strategies.
I hope learning about this 4 step learning process and the examples given encourage you to keep moving forward with whatever it is you’re trying to learn.
It might seem hard at times, but we learn through continued repetition.
A baby doesn’t fall down and decide walking is just too much trouble. The little one gets back up again, and again, and again.
This learning process works at any and every age.
You can learn any thing! Just keep at it!
Please leave a comment and let me know if this helped you or share with me what you’re learning now.
With LOVE, Laura