10 skills that are hard to learn but will pay off forever

Based on an article we came across on Business Insider, here we round up 10 skills that are hard to master but will pay off forever.

1:Time management

Mastering time management pays dividends in both your work and personal lives – being effective and efficient with yours and others time; completing tasks, reaching personal goals and generally being less stressed!

It may well involve lots of trial and error to find systems, tools and processes that work for you. Check out our previous blog on managing your time more effectively

2: Empathy

Empathy is the ability to feel what others feel.  It’s what makes good sales and service people truly great. Empathy works as a team spirit; motivating people to try harder. It drives us to push beyond our own apathy, to go bigger and ‘do the right thing’.

 3: Listening

The first step to listening is to stop talking! Listening isn’t just hearing but actively taking in what the other person is telling you.
Firstly, pay attention, mentally screen out distractions, like background activity and noise to allow you to fully focus – engage with the other person being watchful of demonstrating positive body-language.

Listen without judging the other person or mentally criticizing the things they are trying to tell you. It is hard, but listen without jumping to conclusions.
It is so important to let the person talk – don’t try and finish their sentences as you’re assuming they’re on the same thought path as you and this is where miscommunication stems from!

4:Knowing when to shut up

Following on from listening is the art of knowing when to zip it! Once you’ve blurted something out, you can’t take it back.
Knowing when to keep your thoughts to yourself or to perhaps adjust the delivery of what you are trying to say will ensure you minimise conflict in your life and lead to more positive relationships.

5:Mastering your sleep

The effects of sleep deprivation are far-reaching and very detrimental to your general health and wellbeing. Without sufficient sleep you cannot function at your optimum and every area of your life will seem harder.

6:Positive self-talk

Positive thinking doesn't mean that you ignore reality and live with your ‘head in the clouds’. Positive thinking just means that you approach the less pleasant aspects of life in a more positive and productive way.
By reducing negative self-talk you improve your self-confidence and performance, better control your emotions and actions and reduce stress and therefore risk of cardiovascular disease.

7:Staying in the moment

Be focused in whatever you are doing. To ease feelings of stress and anxiety, try not to dwell on what has passed, what could have been and try not to fret over what might happen in the future – keep you attention of what is actually happening now.

8: Consistency

This could well be the key to every area of your life! Rather than trying to achieve perfection, focus on trying to achieve consistency.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit.”- Aristotle

9: Asking for help

Asking for help doesn’t mean you are weak and incompetent. Asking for advice is actually well received and makes you look more, not less, capable. By asking for advice, you acknowledge the other person’s intelligence or expertise, which makes them feel good.

10: Learning a new language

As well as providing you with the ability to communicate in another language, learning a second language benefits cognitive abilities like intelligence and memory, while lowering risks of brain aging, dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Those who are able to speak a second language have better listening skills, sharper memories, are more creative, are better at solving complex problems, and exhibit greater cognitive flexibility.

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