Are You Consciously Incompetent…You SHOULD Be!
by Michael S. Tyrrell
July 20, 2021
Hey there Wholetonians!
Are you Consciously Incompetent? It doesn’t sound like a positive affirmation, does it? Not exactly something you would want to announce about yourself in a room full of people.
But being Consciously Incompetent is actually a good thing! All it really means is that you are conscious of and acknowledge that you don’t know everything about everything; and that you don’t possess all the skills you need in order to accomplish everything you’d like to accomplish.
Conscious Incompetence is the precursor to change.
It is the crucial first step to bringing about a positive change in yourself and in your personal and/or professional life. Once you come to terms with the fact that you don’t know everything, then you can be teachable. Your eyes and mind will be open to a whole new world of possibilities and opportunities.
Oftentimes, this comes easier to the novice musician, business owner, artist, or professional because he won’t have a problem stating the obvious: “Can you help me because I don’t have a clue what to do next.”
Usually it’s the person who has been working his craft for a long time and enjoyed some measure of success who has the hardest time coming to terms with his incompetence.
It’s called pride. And pride will keep you stuck right where you are. Stagnant.
Have you ever been around stagnant water? It stinks. Nobody wants to be around it, much less partake of it. In the same way, if you have a stagnant mindset, you will stop moving forward or have a willingness to learn something new. You will repel good opportunities. Your attitude will stink because pride is afoot!
A consciously incompetent individual is a humble person who sees his or her limitations and is willing to submit to others in order to broaden their understanding. There’s nothing shameful or denigrating about that.
“When pride comes, then comes shame; But with the humble is wisdom.” ~ Proverbs 11:2
Once you can acknowledge it, you can make the change.
So you see, it’s a good thing to be Consciously Incompetent as long as it’s accompanied with a healthy desire to not stay there.
Are you ready to join the ranks of the CIA (Consciously Incompetents Anonymous!)? Then say it with me…
“I am Consciously Incompetent but I don’t want to stay here!”
Now you’re ready for change and growth!
Michael S. Tyrrell
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