“Learn to do common things uncommonly well.”- George Washington Carver
Competence is possessing skill and knowledge that allows us to do something successfully. It usually increases over time as one acquires more information and ability through inquiry, observation, and participation. Competence is by choice. When you feel competent, you can greet new environments with calm and confidence. Competence helps those around you feel more comfortable and secure and further inspire them to seek knowledge and skill in their own domain. This is a deliberate process anyone can go through.
Competence is the shining armour of a successful person. Skills, ability, proficiency and capability go hand in hand to describe competence. Hard work without any competence is a painful and only guaranteed way of not bearing fruits proportionate to the labour. You can only be competent if you have the desire to excel in any special field.
Competence, the commitment to becoming excellent in your chosen field is the indispensable pre-requisite for success. If you are not competent in what you do, you really do not stand a chance of being happy in life let alone being successful.
In psychology, there are four stages of competence relating to the psychological states involved in the process of progressing from incompetence to competence in a skill. This four-stage model suggests that individuals are initially unaware of how little they know, or unconscious of their incompetence. So, as they recognize their incompetence, they consciously acquire a skill, then consciously use it. Eventually, the skill can be utilized without it being consciously thought through – indicating that an individual has acquired unconscious competence, which is the final stage of this competence model.
The four stages are: 1. Unconscious Incompetent. 2. Conscious Incompetent. 3. Conscious Competent and 4. Unconscious Competent. The point I must emphasize here is that the vast majority of people give up on stage 2, when it occurs to them how little they know about something, hence people embrace comfort zones. The main reasons for giving up is ego and low self-esteem.
Commit to excellence in your career and that approach will positively affect all other areas of your life. Start by reading books written by top people in your field, attend seminars, workshops, conferences, and listen to audio materials and network with those who are doing so well in your field. It is very important to understand that excellence is a journey, it’s not a destination, so you never get there, and you must keep on going. Complacency and satisfaction are the key enemies of excellence. The path to excellence is simple but not easy and requires commitment and sacrifice. Competence is a sure way of setting yourself apart and attracting best opportunities into your life.
Veli Ndaba is a leadership and Insightful Speaker, Life-Coach and Neuro- Linguistic Programming Practitioner, Author of three books (You Are Born to Win, Your Dream is Calling You and Switch ON!), Newspaper Columnist and Entrepreneur. To book him to help you and your team unleash your greatness, contact him on email@example.com, www.velindaba.com and 083 304 9773