The 4 Step Blueprint To A Smaller Waist And A Bigger Smile

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*Image from Wikipedia

Today's post is IMPORTANT. 

It's a 5 minute read, and if you never read anything from me - please read this. 

This information could be the missing piece of the puzzle when it comes to making all your wellness dreams a reality. (I'm not even exaggerating)

In psychology, there are four stages of competence, or the "conscious competence" learning model. This relates to the psychological states involved in the process of progressing from incompetence to competence in a skill. 

Now, remember, eating healthy is a skill. Working out consistently is a skill. Putting yourself to bed at night is a skill. Taking care of yourself is a skill! So if you don't learn the mini-skills required to do these things you're going to have a hard time making those changes. 

This 4 step learning model is like a blueprint to a smaller waist and a bigger smile.

Here are the basic stages:

1) Unconscious incompetence - when you're a heavy smoker, live off McDonalds, and haven't walked past the end of the driveway in 2 years, but in your head, you are the picture of perfect health. 
The individual does not understand or know how to do something and does not necessarily recognize the deficit. They may deny the usefulness of the skill. The individual must recognize their own incompetence, and the value of the new skill, before moving on to the next stage. The length of time an individual spends in this stage depends on the strength of the stimulus to learn.

2) Conscious incompetence - when you wake up one day and realize "holy cow... I am 20 pounds overweight, my doctor told me I need to start taking a blood pressure medication, and I've got to get healthy - and I'm not sure how I'd even do that!" 
Though the individual does not understand or know how to do something, they recognize the deficit, as well as the value of a new skill in addressing the deficit.The making of mistakes can be integral to the learning process at this stage.

3) Conscious competence - when you start to dial in your life choices and they reflect who you want to be. You take care of yourself. You make it a priority to eat well, to workout frequently, and to put yourself to bed at a reasonable hour. Sometimes, things get out of hand and it's not perfect, but you try to stay aware of it and when you do, you feel great. 
The individual understands or knows how to do something. However, demonstrating the skill or knowledge requires concentration. It may be broken down into steps, and there is heavy conscious involvement in executing the new skill.

4) Unconscious competence - this is where I want every one of my clients to eventually live their life. This is where healthy is a fully integrated part of your daily lifestyle. Healthy food choices just happen. You know how to workout well for your body and how often to do that and it's no longer an obligation. You feel great, you like the way you look in the mirror, and your doctor always comments on how incredibly healthy you are. 
The individual has had so much practice with a skill that it has become "second nature" and can be performed easily. As a result, the skill can be performed while executing another task. The individual may be able to teach it to others, depending upon how and when it was learned.

When I work with clients we have to first identify what level of competency they have. That doesn't just differ from person to person, but also in different areas for different people. 

You may have your workout routine down pat but be totally clueless when it comes to ordering healthy options off a menu. You might be a nutritional rockstar but you're super stressed and can't sleep at night. 

It's going to be different for everyone. 

But if you know where you're starting from then you know where to go next. And knowing what to do next is the NUMBER ONE problem I solve for people. 

Information overload is REAL and if we simply needed more information to get healthy google would have solved the problem years ago. But the incidence of health issues and obesity continue to rise.

Most of us are living our health in stage 2 or 3.
Stage 2: we know we could do better, and we aren't quite sure what to do to fix it.
Stage 3: We might have a general idea how to be healthier (drink less wine, drink more water, eat more veggies) but we can't execute. We can't follow through. We don't know the best way to get there and certainly haven't found a way that will actually fit into our lives. 

That's where I come in. That's my speciality. It's not about information. It's about implementation. 

I want to point out one more *BIG* thing before I go... 

Did you catch that bit up there in italics? Under stage 2...

"The making of mistakes can be integral to the learning process at this stage."

Wherever you might be in your journey - remember this!

You will make mistakes.

You will be uncertain.

You have to be bad at something before you can be good at it.

You will get where you want to be, and you'll get closer with every little mistake you make. 

They aren't failures. Every time you make a mistake, you learn one more thing that isn't the right thing for you

You absolutely CAN reach the end goal of unconscious competence. Just keep going. And remember I'm always here to help.

Have a healthy day!

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Ashley Brown