Many of us will understand the four levels of competency..
Unconcious incompetence - when you're pants, but don't know it
Concious incompetence - when you're pants and you know it
Concious competence - when you can do it, but still
have to think about it
Unconcious competence - when it's written into your very being.
Well, I've been keeping a close eye on people's training patterns of late and I think we can find a close correlation here with consistency/inconsistency....
Consistent inconsistency - in and out of class like a fiddler's elbow
Inconsistent inconsistency - beginning to understand the need for regular training
Inconsistent consistency - regular bouts of 'I'm really going to go for it now' (interpsersed
with long absences)
Consistent consistency - that's real training - and real progress.
How can anyone expect competency in anything if they don't practice it regularly? I used to play piano quite well - then I stopped practising....and now I
can't play. That's the way it is. I have people saying 'I want to be like X, Y, Z' (insert any number of names), so I say, 'They train every day - are you willing to do that?' I then hear any one from any number of reasons why they can't do that, to which
I respond with, 'Well, you'd just better be as good as you can be - and just how good that is is down to you.' Yes - I understand that you have other commitments, but even if you can't get to class, you can practice what you know at home. Ten, twenty minutes
a day. Go through your forms. Go through your basics. Do some conditioning. Or will you sit in front of the television, telling yourself that you deserve some rest? Well...I think you deserve so much more. I think you deserve to be the very best that you can
be - and that means practising. Go do it now....