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Ten Most Important Life Skills

February 14, 2017
by Anesa McGregor , Emmetsburg News

You've heard the saying, "The best things in life are free," but what it doesn't say is that it takes time, effort, dedication and commitment to obtain the best things.

Learning important life skills can be difficult, but a very wise person once told me there are ten skills that everyone should learn. Learning these skills will be one of the best investments you can ever make in yourself.

1. Time Management Anyway you look at it, there will only ever be 24 hours in a day. Learning to take control of your time improves your ability to focus. You will eliminate that feeling of not having done enough in your day and you will feel more calm, relaxed and in control of your life.

2. Empathy - The ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Empathy is the key to success, and it has the power to transform the way we think, work and lead.

3. Ask For Help This is one that is hardest for most people. We try and do everything on our own because we think of asking for help as a sign of weakness. In fact, asking for help is really a sign of strength. This gives others the chance to show their talents and you're more likely to learn something new. When you ask for help, it shows that you are imperfect just like everyone else.

4. Consistency Being consistent is very important to maintaining any kind of success.

5. Listening This is very important to prevent miscommunication. Effective listening can make a message more clearly understood and can help reduce the amount of frustration for the speaker. Listening is important in personal lives, daily activities, careers and employment environments.

6. Mind Your Own Business When you mind your own business, you will feel lighter; you're not in charge of the universe. You will become more at peace just by being concerned with your own life, free from expectations and disappointments.

7. Resist Gossip It is important to resist the urge to gossip because there is a lot of mistruth that come from gossiping and it can cause quite a bit of drama. By gossiping about others behind their back, we prove we cannot be trusted.

8. Stay Present In The Moment This can be difficult especially for those of us who overthink everything. We are either analyzing the past as if we can somehow go back in time and change something. Or, we think about the future so much, we ruin the present. Spending so much time thinking about things that haven't happened yet or events from the past will ruin your ability to enjoy the present for what it is and what is being offered.

9. Master Your Thoughts Stay in charge of your thoughts. We are products of past experiences and choices but this doesn't mean that our past reflects the future. Begin every day with a clean slate. As each day passes, you are evolving and changing into the person you're meant to be.

10. Speak Up One of the biggest fears in life for many is speaking in front of others. The reason varies from person to person; however, the main reason is our fear of being judged. Learning to speak in front of others gives a person a big boost in his or her confidence. If you wish to lead, you must learn how to communicate.

These are only a few of the life skills t we all learn as we grow. The wise person who originally gave me the list also said as long as one could master these skills, everything else falls into place. Although I have learned these skills, there is always room for improvement. As I continue to get older, I hope that I continue to improve in these skills and be able to share what I have learned with others.



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