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Sometimes you have to just take the initiative and motivate yourself because your biggest supporter may just be waiting on you to make the first move.

We all have some things that we can improve upon, and if you think you don’t, you are only fooling yourself. Life is a continuous learning process, and that means if there is life, we need to keep on learning. To put it differently, understanding oneself and understanding others can make our life much easier and can also, give you the edge over those who are seeking the same position as you. Soft skills, what do you mean? Well, soft skills according to the online dictionary mean “personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people.”

Remember this; there are others who are working to get the same promotion or position that you are working towards.

Let’s look at soft skills that you may want to think about honing:

  1. Communication skills – you don’t have to be the best orator or writer, but you have to be able to express yourself so that others can understand what you are trying to get across to them.
  2. Adaptability – things are going to change and those who can adapt to the change the best will have a smoother transition and at the same time eliminate the possibility of being frustrated.
  3. Teamwork – being able to work with others can make a difficult task much easier and also, enhance creativity and build positive relationships.
  4. Emotional Intelligence – is having the capability to recognize your own emotions and the emotions of others. Being able to identify the different emotions in yourself and others will help with how you respond to how someone may react to you.
  5. Networking – to network with others is a great way to increase one’s knowledge. As an individual, we are not going to see all the opportunity that is out there and at times what is available may be seen by someone in your network or seen by you that can benefit others. It’s all about upward mobility.
  6. Strong work ethic – if you work for others or yourself having a strong work ethic is vital to achieving one’s goals.
  7. Problem-solving – is the ability to use your creativity, reasoning, experience and information to find solutions to problems. Being able to work under pressure, to solve daily problems is always a plus being that you work for others or yourself.
  8. Taking initiative – it is always great to do what you are supposed to do without someone have to tell you constantly what to do. Doing so can increase your value to your organization and can also give you the edge among your peers.
  9. Decision making – don’t be the one still wondering what to do. Decision making is critical to your advancement and when we are faced different situations we have to decide what action is best to take.
  10. Inspiring and motivating others – you can be the influence to those around you, and you can do that through what you do and what you say.
  11. Critical Thinking – in today’s world we are bombarded with so much and therefore, it is imperative that we have the ability to engage in reflective thinking and independent thinking. In fact, to be a critical thinker is more than having the knowledge but to know how to apply the knowledge that he or she knows.
  12. Dealing with difficult people – understanding others will make it easier to deal with others who are difficult, and you are going to have a difficult person to deal with if you haven’t already.
  13. Entrepreneurial thinking – things have changed and even if you are working for someone you still want to be able to think of new ways to do what you are already doing. Besides, no matter what you are doing you should have a mindset of achieving greatness.

If you haven’t already, start looking at challenges with a new eye. See those challenges as opportunities.


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10 Valuable Traits That I’ve Developed by Being an Athlete

You don’t have to make it to the professional level in sports to benefit greatly from being an athlete. In fact, I can boldly tell you that being an athlete is more than pushing our bodies through exhaustion, it is more so a preparation for life. Furthermore, bear this in mind; you don’t AthletePotentialhave to have exceptional talent to decide that you want to be an athlete. I have friends who had more talent than me, but not the guts. Although I would not consider myself an athlete with exception athletic prowess, but one day I realized that I have something and that was the beginning of my quest. I say that to say, you can train in order to get what you want out of the little you were blessed with. I was able to receive a scholarship.

1.   Mental Toughness

Being an athlete mentality tough is essential in order for us to make any progress whatsoever. Being an athlete is pushing yourself beyond limitations and a weak mind will give up. I found that the body can always go a little further. Therefore, it is through a consistent effort that an athlete is able to develop his or her mental toughness.

2.    Discipline

As an athlete being discipline is essential and it is a valuable deciding factor on you getting more out of your ability. In fact, it is the bridge between goals and achievement. You may have seen talented athletes who was lacking this very important ingredient we call discipline, and they eventually missed opportunity they could have easily receive. Being discipline will give you the edge.

3.   Teamwork

We always need support and it doesn’t matter how good/talented we are. My first time seeing the real effect of teamwork was when I was in grade nine in high school. This was my third year doing track and winning was not predicted for us unless we work as a team. Unity is strength. Everybody turnout that day even athletes who said they weren’t going to take part. I won all my races that year, but I could not make the team win it was our effort that gave us victory. You may have heard the saying, Together Each Achieve More and that is true.

4.   Responsibility

You have to be willing to do your part. As an athlete being responsible is knowing that doing what is required should not be put off, just because no one is monitoring us on a specific day. A teacher in high school once told me, “if it’s to be it is up to me” and that is been responsible. I get busy training because no one was going to do the work for me.  In fact, the price of greatness is responsibility.

5.   Self-Motivation

It was being an athlete was the first that help me to realize that going beyond limitation is possible. Furthermore, when you know that you are now capable of doing and not only doing, but become more you will eventually become self-motivated. I realized that I didn’t have to be the best but put my mind to the test. The encouragement I receive always was to believe I can. Self-motivation begins when you can tell yourself that you can, but remember, you don’t to be able to at the onset, but your believe will kick in sooner or later.

6.   Goal Oriented

As athlete we always have goals to accomplish, be it large or small. There is always something to aspire to. That is, either running faster, getting stronger, being more flexible but we always have some other mountain that we want to conquer. Having the goal is what help us to stay focus and staying focus helps us to have better control of where we going. Goals are what inspires us and when we reach/accomplished a goal as athletes we set another one. Goals give you something to hold on to, something to motivate you and something to inspire you. Be goal oriented.

7.   Focus

As an athlete being focus is what prevents the unnecessary distractions. What happen over a period of time of staying focus the practice becomes a habit and it’s a habit that helps us in life after the competition ends. A focus athlete goes beyond limitations as his or her sight is no longer on the challenges at hand, but the vision that was set. As a focus athlete we don’t allowed what is not attained today, stop us from achieve what we know we can.

8.   Determination

As an athlete I have realized that you don’t have to be the best to get a more favorable result. I got more out of being an athlete because I was more determined that some of my other counterpart. The funny thing about determination, you’ll start to realize potential that you never thought you have. Being determined will expose you to yourself. There is always untapped potential.

9.   Leadership

Being an athlete teaches me to lead by example. Leading by example for me was not to be a quitter. A quitter is not a leader and even if the going got tough, as an athlete I know that I will have to get tough in return. I also know that I have no one to blame but myself especially if I didn’t do the work. It is always my responsibility.

10. Self-Belief

You will have to believe in yourself. As I was told that it is not always the most talented athlete who often does best, but the one who believe in his or herself. That can be  the differences between winning and losing. Believe in yourself!

These traits that I have learned from being an athlete are still a part of my life today. They are valuable and the thing about these traits they can be developed overtime. Remember, you don’t have to be the best in whatever you plan to when you start out doing it, but it will be left up to the traits you decide to develop over a period of time.


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