5 stages of mind transformation.

This is what I want to talk about today!

Most of us grew up, being taught that the world is what the world is. We have to learn this, do that, get a job, start a family, make some money, be happy, respect the elders, grow old. That kind of story. All this are internal representations, absorbed by us, but, created, generally speaking, by the people from around us.

We get internal pictures, internal sounds or dialogue, and internal feelings. Everything is inside us, literally, before we get any solid results in life out of these interpretations.

We get the results after we filter the internal interpretations.

Filtering means deleting, distorting and generalizing reality. Through the filtering process, we form our paradigms, personal maps of reality, our version of reality.

We can help ourselves succeed in anything we do, consciously acknowledging the 5 stages of mind transformation I’ll tell you about, or we can fail, miserably, not knowing about them.

So, our internal representations are our map of reality. In there we have something called self-image. If our self-image is built in an un-resourceful manner, we hurt. And, we will continue to recreate that self-image automatically by deleting, distorting and generalizing reality so we match that self-image we may have. In cases where the self-image is hurting, it will seem as if nothing is working for us, regardless of how badly we want to change.

We always conform to our current paradigm.

No 5 stages of mind transformation in such case. The good news is we can change the paradigm, and our self-image, as we become aware of the filtering-opening-understanding-perceiving, ultimately thinking processes. How so?

One day, we start to wonder! We realize that everything we call life and the world is just stuff that other people made up. Other people who are not necessarily smarter, or better, than us. They are just other people probably using consciously the 5 stages of mind transformation, I’ll describe.

As we continue to wonder we may realize all the people we admire are not smarter than us: all the artists, all the leaders, all the business captains, all the inventors and all the rich and famous. We notice they just express themselves differently than we do.

They work with the same stuff we work.

They have the same stuff we have: the earth, the soil, the water, the seeds, the plants, the minerals and animals, the sun and the light, the rain and the wind, the sounds, the tastes, the smells, the feelings and our minds, and, that is all. All the information we can also perceive, but, put together in endless new ways.

As we begin to observe these things, as we become curious, and we feel ready to learn and be like the high achievers, we also discover a fascinating process we go through whenever we learn something, anything. Yes, I call this process: the 5 stages of mind transformation.

For starters, we are lousy at whatever we are learning!

We don’t even know we are not good at it. We are like little babies bumping into walls, and falling, until we can walk, regardless of how long it takes. This is the first stage: unconscious incompetence.

Then, as we start to learn something and pay attention to what we are doing, we become conscious of what we don’t know. This is the second stage: conscious incompetence.

While we continue to be curious and learn, things begin to fall into their right place, and, start to make sense, giving us a sense of familiarity and safety. This is the third stage: conscious competence. We know we are good at whatever we are good at.

Now we feel better and better because we get better and better. We continue to be good at whatever we are doing and we became unconsciously competent, which is stage four.

Now, we are great at doing whatever it is, without even paying attention to it anymore. That’s when we achieved excellence in whatever it is that we are doing, excellence being stage five.

So, work on yourself, pace yourself, be persistent, take the extra mile!

You can only get excellent!

You have my love! Please comment, share, and if you have questions: ask me your questions! I can help you.

Let’s do something together. – It is a little gift as a token of my appreciation for your time.




Sandi Dragoi

Informal Educator, Author of "Think Zing! How to be YOU!", "Transformation Inside-Out" online course, and other self-awareness courses and books. The Host of The Zingnificent Show, Speaker & Personal Instructor. Above everything, Dad, in Love! ❤️

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