Every day is a good day to learn something new. Some skills are useful in all ages of your life. There are some things which you should know as a toddler, if possible, and as a grandparent and anywhere in between. Here are those skills and how to obtain them.
Knowing Your Limits
This isn’t really a skill that someone can teach you. You could find some tips and tricks in self-help books or lectures, but other than that, this is something best learned on your own. If you know what your upper and lower limits are, you also know when to start and when to stop. This is a valuable skill, as it translates to every area of your life, especially work. This is where you will get the most benefit from learning your limits, at least financial.
Learning to Focus
Focusing your attention on something means that you can do it properly, efficiently and without distractions. If you have way too many ideas or you want to check out that news feed while working, chances are that you are not going to get it done in due time and that you are going to end up spending a lot more time than you would’ve by focusing.
If you learn to let go of the many ideas your brain comes up at every moment, which is probably most noticeable when doing work or other repetitive actions, you can end up making a lot more progress. This isn’t just work-related, as you can do that while exercising, practicing an instrument, walking, reading articles about football like this one, or just socializing with people. You will get much more experience from every moment if you focus your attention on it.
There are some courses regarding focus, as it is often referred to as mindfulness. In the east, many train their focus through meditation. Mind you, you do not need to focus on the philosophical or religious parts of meditation to meditate. Doing, rather than thinking, will get you further.
Separating the Doing from the Goal
If you focus on your goal too much, you will spend your time not being in the process of doing, which is the most important process. Focusing on the goal of 10 pull-ups will probably net you 10 pull ups but you might end up having a terrible form. A terrible form could lead to multiple injuries and non-symmetrical muscle development.
Likewise, in any part of your life, if you focus on the process, you will find more efficient ways of getting to the goal and quite possibly find pleasure in doing it. Playing an instrument shouldn’t be a tedious exercise, but if you just want to get fast, you will most likely not have fun while playing. On the other hand, focusing on the route, on the music itself, you will get to your goal without even noticing it, while at the same time prospering in so many different ways.
Any athlete or professional can teach you this, almost any coach should know this, so this is a relatively common and necessary skill to obtain. It is invaluable and you can use it in any period of your life.
These skills are some of the most important ones that you can learn, which will, in turn, enable you to learn a lot more and experience a lot more.