Personal Leadership Development
This article is the consequence of many conversations that I have had with people carrying out a recent 2012 court decision by the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals. The court returned a discovering that Illinois’ statewide ban on concealed carry (of the firearm) was unconstitutional. Skill Performance (Conscious vs. 8, 16, 32, or even 40 hour format.
There is merely not enough amount of time in those formats to execute enough appropriate repetitions, at a proper level of strength, in order to construct “unconscious competence”. Most “qualifications”, however, are structured around set time constraints such as those explained. In fact, it has been my experience in 3 decades of combatives training nearly, few people develop “unconscious competence” in physical skill units because of the sheer time commitment required to perform the volume of repetitions needed.
In addition, the magnitude of mental exertion required to perform each repetition properly is beyond most exponent’s level of personal discipline; that is particularly true if they’re “self-coached”. “Unconscious competence”, additionally, is not and end point; it is a continual process needing regularly applied “maintenance repetitions” in order to keep the expertise from degrading or perishing altogether. Does that mean that a skill that is not internalized at the level of “unconscious competence” cannot be used?
Absolutely not. Actually most physical skill models, if you ask me, are employed at varying examples of “conscious competence”. Which means that some degree of “thinking” through the “how” of some or all elements of “the action” occurs while performing the skill. What am I making that assertion on? Simply this: vibrant analytical recollection of the precise mechanical aspects of a physical skill after its application suggest a mindful thought processes traveling the expertise; hence the ability to vividly remember it.
Conversely skills performed at a rate of “unconscious competence” have a tendency to leave only an intuitive sense that some elements of the skill set were applied. When combined with a practitioner’s understanding of what mechanics “must have occurred”, that intuition is verified by the practitioner’s “general feeling/state of awareness” that the sequential technicians did take place, but without specific recollection to “doing them” through the incident.
- Laxatives (also known as “cleanses”)
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Task specific action without cognition indicates an “unconscious mind” is generating the expertise. As an analogy for the latter scenario, you can think of locking a door that one hair every day. Since the daily locking of the entranceway is routine, it occurs while considering another thing often. As a result, after a few minutes, one starts wondering if one locked the door or if the “memory” of locking the entranceway was from a previous ‘repetition’ of locking that door.
Since the locking of that door is habitual, the majority of the action is powered unconsciously thus making mindful recollection of a particular ‘locking repetition’ difficult. I want to offer a comparative analogy to help describe the above mentioned and show the “higher utility” that “unconscious competence” is capable of producing: think back again for a moment to the earliest recollections you have of driving an automobile.