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Knowing yourself is the beginning of all WISDOM

Self

Awareness is having a clear perception of your personality, including


strengths, weaknesses, thoughts, beliefs, motivation, and emotions. Self
Awareness allows you to understand other people, how they perceive you,
your attitude and your responses to them in the moment.

Self awareness is the first step in creating what you want and mastering
your life. Where you focus your attention, your emotions, reactions,
personality and behavior determine where you go in life. Having self
awareness allows you to see where your thoughts and emotions are taking
you. It also allows you to take control of your emotions, behavior, and
personality so you can make changes you want. Until you are aware in the
moment of your thoughts, emotions, words, and behavior, you will have
difficulty making changes in the direction of your life.

Self awareness is developed through practices in focusing your attention


on the details of your personality and behavior.

IMPROVE SELF-AWARENESS:

Learn to look at yourself objectively


Write your own manifesto
Keep a journal
Perform a self-review
Communication the human connection is the key to personal
and career success

Being able to communicate effectively is the most important of all life skills.

Communication is simply the act of transferring information from one place


to another. It may be vocally (using voice), written (using printed or digital
media such as books, magazines, websites or emails), visually (using logos,
maps, charts or graphs) or non-verbally (using body language, gestures and
the tone and pitch of voice).

How well this information can be transmitted and received is a measure of


how good our communication skills are.

The Importance of Good Communication Skills


Developing your communication skills can help all aspects of your life, from
your professional life to social gatherings and everything in between.

The ability to communicate information accurately, clearly and as intended,


is a vital life skill and something that should not be overlooked. Its never too
late to work on your communication skills and by doing so improve your
quality of life.
TOP 10 WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR COMMUNICATION SKILLS

1. Watch Your Body Language

2. Get Rid of Unnecessary Conversation Fillers

3. Have a Script for Small Talk and Other Occasions

4. Tell a Story

5. Ask Questions and Repeat the Other Person

6. Put Away the Distractions

7. TailorYour Message to Your Audience

8. Be Brief yet Specific

9. Up Your Empathy

10. Listen, Really Listen

We must understand before we judge

Empathy is, at its simplest, awareness of the feelings and emotions of other
people. It is a key element of Emotional Intelligence, the link between self
and others, because it is how we as individuals understand what others are
experiencing as if we were feeling it ourselves.

Empathy goes far beyond sympathy, which might be considered feeling for
someone. Empathy, instead, is feeling with that person, through the use of
imagination.

Why Practice Empathy?


Why should you explicitly work to enhance your ability to empathize with
others?

You will be more likely to treat the people you care about the way they
wish you would treat them.

You will better understand the needs of people around you.

You will more clearly understand the perception you create in others
with your words and actions.

You will understand the unspoken parts of your communication with


others.

You will better understand the needs of your customers at work.

You will have less trouble dealing with interpersonal conflict both at
home and at work.

You will be able to more accurately predict the actions and reactions of
people you interact with.

You will learn how to motivate the people around you.

You will more effectively convince others of your point of view.

You will experience the world in higher resolution as you perceive


through not only your perspective but the perspectives of those around
you.

You will find it easier to deal with the negativity of others if you can
better understand their motivations and fears. Lately when I find
myself personally struggling with someone, I remind myself to
empathize and I immediately calm myself and accept the situation for
what it is.
You will be a better leader, a better follower, and most important, a
better friend.

Guidelines to Develop Empathy

1. Experience the major differences among people.

2. Learn to identify your own feelings develop some emotional intelligence.

3. Regularly ask others for their perspectives and/or feelings regarding a


situation.

Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind
to think

Critical thinking is the ability to think clearly and rationally, understanding


the logical connection between ideas. Critical thinking has been the subject
of much debate and thought since the time of early Greek philosophers such
as Plato and Socrates and has continued to be a subject of discussion into
the modern age.

Critical thinking might be described as the ability to engage in reflective


and independent thinking.
In essence, critical thinking requires you to use your ability to reason. It is
about being an active learner rather than a passive recipient of information.

Critical thinking is thinking about things in certain ways so as to arrive at


the best possible solution in the circumstances that the thinker is aware of. In
more everyday language, it is a way of thinking about whatever is presently
occupying your mind so that you come to the best possible conclusion.

Someone with critical thinking skills can:

Understand the links between ideas.

Determine the importance and relevance of arguments and ideas.

Recognise, build and appraise arguments.

Identify inconsistencies and errors in reasoning.

Approach problems in a consistent and systematic way.

Reflect on the justification of their own assumptions, beliefs and


values.

THE SKILLS WE NEED FOR CRITICAL THINKING

Think about a topic or issue in an objective and critical way.


Identify the different arguments there are in relation to a particular
issue.
Evaluate a point of view to determine how strong or valid it is.
Recognise any weaknesses or negative points that there are in the
evidence or argument.
Notice what implications there might be behind a statement or
argument.
Provide structured reasoning and support for an argument that we wish
to make.

Sympathy is feeling bad for someone else because of something that has
happened to them.

We often talk about it and feel sympathetic when someone has died, or
something bad has happened, saying Give them my sympathy, or I really
feel for them.
In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the
rustle of a wing.

Showing Sympathy

Because sympathy is indelibly linked to bad experiences, for example, the


death of a family member, it is often appropriate to show your sympathy
with someone else.

While this can seem like a formality, the idea is to help the other person to
feel better, by showing that you understand that they are having a bad time,
and may need some help.

Sympathy may be expressed either verbally or non-verbally.

Examples of sympathy expressed verbally include:

Speaking to someone to say how sorry you are about their situation;
and

Sending a card when someone has been bereaved.


Examples of sympathy expressed non-verbally include:

Patting someone on the shoulder at a funeral;

Putting a hand on someones arm when they tell you their bad news; and

Dropping your tone of voice when you speak

Causes of Sympathy
For people to experience sympathy towards someone else, several elements
are necessary:

You must be paying attention to the other person.

Being distracted limits our ability to feel sympathy.

The other person must seem in need in some way.

Our perceptions of the level of need will determine the level of


sympathy. For example, someone with a graze on their knee will get less
sympathy than someone else with a broken leg.

We are also much more likely to be sympathetic towards someone who


appears to have done nothing to earn their misfortune.

The child who falls while running towards a parent will get more
sympathy than the one who was doing something that they had been
specifically told not to do, and has fallen as a result.
Creative thinking inspires ideas. Ideas inspire CHANGE

Creative thinking means thinking about new things or thinking in new


ways. It is thinking outside the box. Often, creativity in this sense involves
what is called lateral thinking, or the ability to perceive patterns that are not
obvious. The fictional detective Sherlock Holmes used lateral thinking in one
famous story when he realized that a dog not barking was an important clue
in a murder case.

Some people are naturally more creative than others, but creative thinking
can be strengthened with practice. You can practice creative thinking by
solving riddles, by becoming aware of and letting go of your assumptions,
and through playanything unstructured and relaxing. Even daydreaming
can help.

Creative people can devise new ways to carry out tasks, solve problems, and
meet challenges. They bring a fresh and sometimes unorthodox perspective
to their work and can help departments and organizations to move in more
productive directions.

7 IMPORTANT CREATIVE THINKING SKILLS


1. Suspending advocacy of your own idea to push for another persons
concept
2. Putting your own idea to the same test you apply to an idea from someone
else.
3. Combining two different ideas and making them better (not muddled) as
one idea.
4. Letting someone else take ownership of your idea in order to build
support for it.
5. Displaying the patience to wait for someone else to say what needs to be
said so all you have to do is agree.
6. Sticking to your guns amid challenges to a creative idea which makes solid
strategic sense.
7. Always looking for new creative skills to develop in yourself and those
around you.

In its simplest sense, decision-making is the act of choosing


between two or more courses of action.

In the wider process of problem-solving, decision-making involves choosing


between possible solutions to a problem. Decisions can be made through
either an intuitive or reasoned process, or a combination of the two.

Intuition

Intuition is using your gut feeling about possible courses of action.

Although people talk about it as if it was a magical sense, intuition is


actually a combination of past experience and your personal values. It is
worth taking your intuition into account, because it reflects your learning
about life. It is, however, not always based on reality, only your perceptions,
many of which may have started in childhood and may not be very mature
as a result.

It is therefore worth examining your gut feeling closely, especially if you have
a very strong feeling against a particular course of action, to see if you can
work out why, and whether the feeling is justified.
Reasoning

Reasoning is using the facts and figures in front of you to make


decisions.

Reasoning has its roots in the here-and-now, and in facts. It can, however,
ignore emotional aspects to the decision, and in particular, issues from the
past that may affect the way that the decision is implemented.

Intuition is a perfectly acceptable means of making a decision,


although it is generally more appropriate when the decision is of a
simple nature or needs to be made quickly.

More complicated decisions tend to require a more formal, structured


approach, usually involving both intuition and reasoning. It is important to be
wary of impulsive reactions to a situation.

Sometimes it is the smallest decisions that can change your life


forever

DECISION MAKING

What Can Prevent Effective Decision-Making?


There are a number of problems that can prevent effective decision-
making. These include:

1. Not Enough Information

2. Too Much Information

3. Too Many People

4. Vested Interests

5. Emotional Attachments

6. No Emotional Attachment

Sometimes its difficult to make a decision because you just dont care one
way or the other. In this case, a structured decision-making process can often
help by identifying some very real pros and cons of particular actions, that
perhaps you hadnt thought about before.

Many of these issues can be overcome by using a structured decision-making


process. This will help to:

Reduce more complicated decisions down to simpler steps;

See how any decisions are arrived at; and

Plan decision making to meet deadlines.

Many different techniques of decision making have been developed, ranging


from simple rules of thumb, to extremely complex procedures. The method
used depends on the nature of the decision to be made and how complex it
is.
Most people spend more time and energy going around problems
than intrying to solve them.

PROBLEM-SOLVING

Problems are at the center of what many people do at work every day.
Whether you're solving a problem for a client (internal or external),
supporting those who are solving problems, or discovering new problems to
solve, the problems you face can be large or small, simple or complex, and
easy or difficult.

A fundamental part of every manager's role is finding ways to solve them.


So, being a confident problem solver is really important to your
success. Much of that confidence comes from having a good process to use
when approaching a problem. With one, you can solve problems quickly and
effectively. Without one, your solutions may be ineffective, or you'll get stuck
and do nothing, with sometimes painful consequences.

Whatever issue you are faced with, some steps are fundamental:

Identify the problem

Define the problem

Examine the options

Act on a plan
Look at the consequences

This is the IDEAL model of problem-solving.

The final stage is to put the solution you have decided on into practice and
check the results.

There are several stages to solving a problem:

1) Evaluating the problem

Clarifying the nature of a problem

Formulating questions

Gathering information systematically

Collating and organising data

Condensing and summarising information

Defining the desired objective

2) Managing the problem

Using the information gathered effectively

Breaking down a problem into smaller, more manageable, parts

Using techniques such as brainstorming and lateral thinking to


consider options

Analysing these options in greater depth

Identifying steps that can be taken to achieve the objective

3) Decision-making

deciding between the possible options for what action to take

deciding on further information to be gathered before taking action


deciding on resources (time, funding, staff etc) to be allocated to this
problem

See our page on decision-making skills

4) Resolving the problem

Implementing action

Providing information to other stakeholders; delegating tasks

Reviewing progress

5) Examining the results

Monitoring the outcome of the action taken

Reviewing the problem and problem-solving process to avoid similar


situations in future

At any stage of this process, it may be necessary to return to an earlier


stage for example, if further problems arise or if a solution does not appear
to be working as desired.
Reflexology

Reflexology is the application of appropriate pressure to specific points and


areas on the feet, hands, or ears. Reflexologists believe that these reflex
points correspond to different body organs and systems, and that pressing
them has a beneficial effect on the person's health.

For example, reflexology holds that a specific spot in the arch of the foot
corresponds to the bladder. When a reflexology practitioner uses thumbs or
fingers to apply appropriate pressure to this area, it may affect bladder
functioning.

Although reflexology is not used to diagnose or cure health disorders,


millions of people around the world use it to complement other treatments
when addressing conditions like anxiety,
asthma, cancer treatment, cardiovascular issues, diabetes, headaches,
kidney function, PMS, and sinusitis.

Benefits of Reflexology

Cure colds/minor ailments

Increase energy

Prevent injury

Successfully treat liver dysfunction, constipation, IBS, chronic


headaches, and skin allergies

Eases side-effects of cancer such as chemotherapy

Speeds up healing of wounds

Helps to improve cognitive health

Aids in elimination of toxins from body

Stimulates blood circulation in body

Helps to improve metabolism and energy creation process in body


Beneficial in stimulating nervous system

Helps to improve bodys metabolism

Reduces severity of migraines and headaches

Gives relief from stress, anxiety, and insomnia

Beneficial during pregnancy and reduces risk of post-partum


depression