The only seven skills you’ll ever need.
There are seven skills, which are going to help you succeed, get or create that job, find your true strengths and fulfill your potential.
We all like to think we are adaptable but the reality is that we like to stay in our comfort zones where it’s safe and just easier. Our fast paced work and lives require us to be more adaptable than ever. The only way that’s going to happen is by placing ourselves more in “stretch”
How often do we question our assumptions, judgements and thinking skills? Not often enough. True critical thinking means less justifying of our actions and acceptance of information at face value and more curiosity and getting in the habit of asking far more questions than we do.
The ability to focus and give the gift of attention is one of the skills we are in danger of losing. Empathy is about listening, and being present in order to do this well. If we could put our empathy skills into action every day, we’d notice a massive surge in understanding, productivity and effectiveness.
Practise integrity and you will have great relationships, make decisions much more easily and sleep well at night! Living your values day-to-day is what integrity is all about. It’s so easy to break promises, tell white lies and hide behind technology. You could even say integrity is a fast-route to happiness.
Glass half full or half empty? Actually that does not matter. Optimism is less about positive thinking and much more about positive action. From finding reasons to be grateful to getting outside for a walk there are a hundred ways to build your happiness levels every day.
Research shows that optimism has a strong connection with being proactive and resilient. Focus on just one of these three will lead to strength in the others.
When something is bugging us we’ll naturally put our energy on all of the things we can’t control. Being proactive and placing energy onto our attitudes and actions will influence the outcome though. As 98% of us are natural procrastinators the only way forward is to take action – even the tiniest step forward has an impact.
Do you stand or do you fall when setbacks and disappointments strike? Do you need to go through adversity to be resilient? That will depend on your unique genetics and life experiences. Build resilience by embracing failure and rejection and building strong networks. In a world of uncertainty your ability to be resilient is crucial.