Thriving means learning and getting better at things. Moving from being clueless and/or confused to having a sense of what’s going on and a good chance of getting what you want.

A simple and popular description of this process has four phases

  1. unconscious incompetence
  2. conscious incompetence
  3. conscious competence
  4. unconscious competence

Thriving in an important sense is not just mindfulness (in the sense of paying close attention) but unconscious (doing what we wish to do without paying much attention to it). This final stage is sometimes called “mastery”; but that can have a perfectionistic and obsessive feel to it, so I’m sticking with ‘thriving’.

 

Let’s Look at This Process in Detail
1. Unconscious Incompetence
Once you know that you wish to learn something or get better at something you are already moving out of this stage. You are rapidly on the way to that difficult place of becoming aware of your incompetence. [click to continue…]

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