The Unconsciously Incompetent Blog

Written By: Steve Hartline


What does unconsciously incompetent look like?

Allow me to share my story.

Learning to communicate digitally is difficult (understatement) for me. The words are not the challenge.  It is the technology.  Getting the words onto a document and then onto our blog page is like learning to speak all over again.

It is not that I didn’t have the instructions to do it. (The steps were written down for me. Typed on a cheat sheet. First …, then…)

The disconnect comes from doing something new in order to accomplish something that I have never done before.  I have written the words, but I have never been the one to transfer those words onto our blog page.

This is unconscious incompetence for me. Basically, “I didn’t know what I didn’t know”. In terms of technology, I was like a blank sheet of paper. I had no point of reference. Unchartered territory. My focus was not so much on doing it right as it was to not do it wrong. Bottom-line, I kept telling myself, “Don’t mess up”.

This perspective did not serve my learning purposes.  Making myself admit that I feared the technology was the first step into awareness.  “I didn’t want to change the way I do things”.

I needed to check in on my motivation to “want” and “embrace” new ways of “being with” technology. I needed to learn the technology to be in service of others and myself. Communicating with purpose and moving through the discomfort of not knowing.

I now know more of what I didn’t know. This helps me to ask questions. The frustration I feel tells me that I am still incompetent. That is ok. If you are reading this blog, you are seeing that I did succeed in uploading the words.

Since you are still reading, I do have a question for you. What are you in fear of changing? What do you need to learn in order to be in service of who you want to be?

I must now concentrate deeply in order to move forward. What about you?

Next stop, consciously incompetent.

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