3 Skills That Will Change Your Life
Did you know that the average person has up to 700 skills ready to be used at any given time? And according to experts, you don't need to excel at a skill to claim you have it.
Throughout my life, I can say that I've acquired a lot of skills. 700 skills, I don't know, but definitely a lot. However, there are only three that I can honestly say changed my life. And that sounds clickbaity and exaggerated, but it's true.
These three skills have changed my life in interesting ways, and for each of them, I'm going to share with you why it's important to me and the life-changing lessons I've learned and continue to take away from each of them.
So if you're in the market to develop some new skills of your own or if you're just curious about the lessons I've learned over the past decade of exploring life. Then let's kick things off with skill number one.
So why is this important to me? See, patience is an exercise of self-control, and with that comes many benefits emotionally, mentally, and physically.
Now this journey of cultivating patience in my life started early on. Growing up, I understood what being patient meant and how, on the other side of patience lies progress and achievement, among other things.
But it wasn't until recently that I started to explore patience in a different light—the most interesting being through the sport of golf.
Here's what I've learned.
Learn to accept the uncontrollable
Sometimes in the game of golf, things don't always play out the way you anticipated, making playing difficult. I mean, I can't even count how many times my swing felt good, so I thought, but the ball still manages to take this awkward curve to the left.
Now, this lesson is also true in life. Sometimes life takes an unexpected curve during moments when things feel good. Maybe that moment is success within our career. Or a relationship that's just starting to blossom.
A business that's finally starting to gain some traction. Or it could be something as simple as playing golf.
Regardless of what it is, we have to remind ourselves that if life decides to take an unexpected curve—like what COVID created for many of us—all we can do is accept the uncontrollable and adjust that that is in our control.
Never stop learning
In short, golf and every sport that I've played in my life have taught me that there is always room for improvement, and no matter what you do in life, you can always learn something new, work hard and grow to become the best version of yourself.
I'm convinced that this is a skill that every young person under the age of 10 has mastered. And for some reason, the older we get, and the more experience we gain in life, the less curious we become.
This is why I've made an internal commitment that I will never lose sight of curiosity and the incredible skill that it is.
For starters, it makes your mind active instead of passive. Curious people always ask questions and search for answers. And this is particularly important to me because, think about it, life itself is all about asking questions and searching for answers.
It's how we mature, adapt, learn, and adjust. It also affects how we live.
There's an age-old idiom that says, "you don't know what you don't know." Now, why is this true? Well, because we lack curiosity.
We no longer ask questions. We're so self-absorbed in our routines that we hardly ever explore. And then we wonder why we feel stuck in life or bored all of the time.
See, life was meant to be lived, and curiosity is there to keep you alive.
3. Critical and Independent Thinking
Now critical and independent thinking is a skill that I've devoted a lot of time to developing personally. I've used it throughout my journey of exploring minimalism, building habits, developing my relationships and conversations with others.
It's also helped me build confidence in my ability to stand up for what I believe in. And that in itself is a life lesson I continue to take away from this.
See critical and independent thinking skills are at the forefront of learning how to be a great thinker and a great leader. And a true leader always leads by example.
Remember, change the way you think so you can change the way you live.
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