Do you ever struggle with confidence when you're learning something new or you're in a new situation?
Many of my clients are quite hard on themselves when they feel they don’t know something, or they don’t know it as well as they would like to. To be honest, I’ve had to work on my own ‘self-talk’ in this space at times.
Many people also suffer from ‘Imposter Syndrome’. You know, that feeling that others will discover that you’re a fraud, that you really don’t know what you’re doing and that you don’t really deserve to be in your job?
There’s a model of learning that I really love here that has helped a few of my clients to ‘reframe’ this mode of thinking. It’s definitely worked for me. It goes by a number of names, including the Four Stages of Learning and the Hierarchy of Competence. It’s a model that was developed by W.S. Howell and it highlights the journey from development to mastery. What better model for coaching!
This model highlights that to achieve mastery of a new skill, we all go through four stages of competence:
In line with this model is a common theme amongst my clients, and that is their love of learning. This makes sense given coaching is often going to challenge you to develop, to learn and to grow. The thing is that if you love learning, you are regularly going to be a novice for at least a period of time. I would therefore encourage you to:
So if you love learning and challenging yourself, Howell’s model can help to normalise the feelings you experience as you move through each stage. There are also strategies you can put in place at each stage to help you maintain your confidence, especially when the skill or knowledge you are acquiring takes a little longer to master. For help with this, please give me a call. I have some strategies in my toolkit that may just help.
Laurenne Di Salvo
Leadership & Professional Development Coach | Corporate Trainer | Learning & Development Consultant
0413 776 564
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