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Bruce Lee Language Patterns


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Most people are aware of the four stages of learning.

Unconscious incompetence, conscious incompetence, conscious competence and unconscious competence.

The final stage, unconscious competence, is when you know stuff by heart.

When you can play a song on the piano without thinking.

Or bake a cake from memory while talking on the phone.

And when it comes to getting to that last level, there are two "sub" levels.

The first is when you learn something completely new.

This is how most people think of that last level.

Learning to ride a bike, tie your shoes, drive, juggle a few bean bags, etc.

But there's another sub level many don't consider.

It's the one Bruce Lee referred to when he said (paraphrased):

"Before Jeet Kun Do, a punch is just a punch.

During Jeet Kun Do, a punch is a careful balance of energy and breathing and intention and focus.

After Jeet Kun Do, a punch is just a bunch.

But a much more efficient and deadly punch."

What he was referring to is taking something that is ALREADY at the level of unconscious competence.

Then purposely bringing it back down to the level of conscious competence.

Looking at it carefully, and improving it.

And then PRACTICING it to the level of unconscious competence again.

This is how athletes and musicians and artists make their living.

Especially if they are competitive.

They are ALWAYS trying to increase the level of unconscious competence.

The level they can play at without thinking.

The more they practice, the better they get.

Most of us don't think like this.

Most of us think in terms of learning something until we're done learning.

Then we can get back to our comfortable auto-pilot lives.

Consider, however, the importance of one skill.

One skill you have NOW at the level of unconscious competence.

And purposely downgrading that to the level of conscious competence.

And carefully enhancing it, rearranging it, improving it.

And practicing until it is at a completely NEW level of unconscious competence.

A level that Bruce Lee called more efficient and deadly.

What skill is that?

Your spoken language.

How you translate your thoughts into words.

Like a first level punch, your words are just words.

Sloppy, off balance, chaotic, and not very effective.

But after you UPGRADE them, they will be effective and deadly.

And since VERY FEW PEOPLE ever even consider improving how they think and speak, you'll have a huge advantage.

Over everybody.

On Earth.

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