• rogerlinpsyd

Life skills

Updated: Nov 4

Any ability that is useful in your life can be considered a life skill. Being able to tie your shoes, swim, drive a car, use a computer, are useful life skills. Here is a list of life skills:


1. Self-awareness

Self-awareness is the ability to introspect, to honestly see who you are.

Practice self-awareness by answering questions about ourselves. For example:

Why am I like this? What am I doing? Why do I do this?


2. Critical thinking

Critical thinking is the ability to organize, analyze, and evaluate information.

Practice critical thinking by finding patterns in your life and in your surroundings.


3. Creative thinking

Creative thinking is the ability to see things from a different perspective, to be able to think outside the box, and redefine and reinterpret information.

Practice creative thinking by describing a specific situation from multiple perspectives.


4. Decision making

Decision making is the ability to make a choice from options. Decision making is based on our values, beliefs, and goals.

Practice decision making by evaluating your decision making process and the results of the decision you made.


5. Problem Solving

Problem solving is the ability to manage an unfamiliar situation.

Practice problem solving skills by trying new activities and visiting new places.


6. Communication

Communication is the ability to explain and hear information clearly so each person understands each other.

Practice communication skills by making new friends and deepening existing friendships.


7. Empathy

Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another person.

Practice empathy by communicating to another person what you think they are feeling.


8. Stress management

Stress management is the ability to function well in the face of adversity.

Practice coping with stress by breaking down the situation to take to keep your stressor manageable.


9. Emotional intelligence

Emotional intelligence is the ability to tolerate distress, regulate emotions, and express emotions in productive ways.

Practice coping with emotions by keeping a feelings journal.


10. Self-control

Self-control is the ability to follow through and do what you say you are going to do.

Practice self-control by making a daily schedule, scheduling a time for each task and following it.


11. Initiation

Initiation is the ability to start a task on time without procrastination or avoidance. It is the ability to generate inertia to overcome the hurdle of inaction.

Practice initiation by setting a time to start a task, and begin the task when it is the time.


12. Focus

Focus is the ability to maintain concentration throughout the task/activity you are engaged with.

Practice focus by identifying and removing distractions and giving undivided attention to your priorities.


13. Relationship building

Relationship building is ability to make connections with people and to grow the relationship.

Practice relationship building by scheduling a meeting with someone and engaging with conversation with them.


14. Resiliency, Grit, Mental toughness.

Resiliency is the ability to persevere when you are facing a difficult situation.

Practice resiliency by setting a goal and keep working at it until the goal is reached.


15. Presence

Presence is the ability to be aware of the moment you are in.

Practice presence by intentionally engaging your five senses (Touch, smell, sight, hearing, taste).


16. Financial

Financials skills are the ability to budget, earn, and save money.

Practice financial skills by budgeting your income and expenses.



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