The four stages to creating skills!

So one of the things that might be handy at the moment if you're looking to keep yourself busy and if you're looking to take up a new habit or a skill, it's just understanding the basic process to taking those things on. How do we create habits?

There's four stages to habits or skills and the reason this is handy is because if you get to a stage where it's frustrating, which learning new things can be, it's good to have in the back of your mind how it works. So the four stages are unconsciously unskilled, consciously unskilled, consciously skilled and then unconsciously skilled. What does this look like? 

When you are unconsciously unskilled you don't know that you're not good consciously unskilled is where you are now aware that you are not very good. For most of us, this is a pretty frustrating stage you then move into consciously skilled where you become quite good at it, but you really need to focus on it and then the fourth stage which is where you're trying to get to, is unconsciously skilled.

What that means is that you can just do the skill without having to focus too much. Knowing these stages and having them in the back of your mind will help you stay focused on reaching that fourth stage. Especially when you're at that frustrating stage of like fuck, I can't get this right. It's good to know I will get through it.

Another great tip here is don't try to necessarily go from zero to a hundred straight away because that can also be really challenging. So if you're looking to take on a new skill, and then in turn create it into a habit try and push it too early in the day if you can so that you can just get it out of the way and move on with the day and remember it doesn't have to be massive just consistent and deliberate practice.