cont…  There are four stages of learning that each of us goes through as we learn something new. The first stage is called unconscious incompetence or pre-change. That’s when we don’t know how much we don’t know! And, contrary to the popular saying, ignorance is not bliss – it’s just ignorance. This stage becomes a real stumbling block to people who consider themselves an “expert.” The problem with considering oneself an “expert” is that too many of us start to believe that we know all there is to know about a particular topic. And when we think we know it all, we tend to be less open to new ideas and to stop learning altogether. Now, you’re probably saying to yourself right now, “Well, I don’t think I know it all!”, so let me expand on what I mean here and you might find that you’re not quite as guiltless as you’d first like to believe. The “student” is passionate about learning and derives pleasure from growing and evolving; the “expert” uses the excuse that they don’t need to devote any of their “free time” to learning. The “student” is an ardent consumer of knowledge and information; the “expert” rarely reads books or other publications anymore. The “student” knows that learning events are fertile ground for inner growth; the “expert” seldom attends any seminars or workshops. The “student” knows that nothing works all the time; the “expert” constantly looks for reasons why new ideas or strategies won’t possibly work and often uses phrases like; “the right way” or “the best way ” which is generally the only way they know.  to be continued…

Patrick Gamboa -International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA)