You learn new skills all the time: some feel completely second nature or unimportant, while others have you freaking out when you realise you’ve never mastered them (changing a tyre is definitely on my list – thanks Dad for always doing it for me!).
By the time you’re an adult you’ve probably got the basics down and are only interested in learning new skills that will better your career, wealth, relationships or personal wellbeing. So, we’ve asked five experts which life skills they think are important to learn today to benefit your future forever. Here is the life advice you need to hear now:
ALWAYS TAKE THE STAIRS
One life skill everyone should learn is to make sure you walk for at least 30 minutes everyday. Get off one bus stop early, take the stairs rather than the lift or go to a slightly further coffee shop for lunch. Dr Nicholas Kemp of the Leg Vein Doctor says small adjustments can have a big impact on those who spend most of their working day sitting down. Your body will thank you for it in the long run!
Kelly Maniatis, the founder and organisational psychologist at the Left Field Co, says to reflect and celebrate often. She says understanding how much you have achieved and being grateful for those achievements creates positivity in your life. She adds ruminating and dwelling on unsuccessful moments is depressing and unfulfilling but the more you celebrate the more life will create moments to be thankful for.
STAY EMOTIONALLY FIT
Life can get pretty hectic and situations can get on top of us. Don’t be afraid to seek guidance and counselling outside your circle of friends. We don’t generally try and fix our own car or build our own house, so why not seek an expert of the mind? Style Magazines General Manager Paul Johnston believes that to be emotionally fit allows you to be content and at peace with your decisions in life. We all deserve to be happy.
NEVER STOP LEARNING
The most important life skill Bridget Gabites from Harcourts has developed is the capacity to keep stretching her knowledge and never stop learning. She says it’s almost irrelevant what you choose to learn about – it can be work related, life related, exercise, health etc, the key is to keep stretching your brain, challenging your mindset and opening yourself to new ideas and insights. Bridget says she is currently completing her yoga teacher training, upskilling her building and architecture knowledge, as well as reading a great book on EQ (Emotional Intelligence). She says always keep learning.
BE BRAVE, NOT PERFECT
Many of us spend our lives striving to be perfect students, partners, employees and friends. But what toll does that take on our lives? Does it mean that we don’t take risks because our fear of failure is greater than our desire to try? Do we choose not to challenge ourselves because we don’t want to look foolish or make mistakes? Being brave is the only way to live a full life, free of regret. Maria Rampa from Evvoke says it is not easy to let go of fear and follow our dreams, but the cost of not doing so is never worth it! She says to start living your bucket list now!
Feature Image: Suits (2011), Universal Cable Productions