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• Personal Skills - What You Bring To Life
• Personal skills - what are they and do we have them?
  We may not think we have values in life yet we have
  the principles and standards that we live by. We may
  not think we have talents but we have strengths, and
  those we bring to life.
• In the same way we have our strengths, those things
  we enjoy, those things we are good at. And we also
  have personal skills, and those we bring to the table of
  life, too.
                 Personal Skills

Personal skills are those concerned with how people manage and
   express themselves. They are revealed in those attitudes and
   behaviors people bring to their work, study and daily activities.
 Personal management skills include:
 positive attitudes and behaviors (e.g. taking initiative and doing
   your fair share of the work)
 strong sense of responsibility (e.g. setting goals and priorities;
   fulfills obligations; can be relied upon)
 adaptability (e.g. carrying out multiple tasks or projects; being
   innovative and resourceful; being open and responsive to change)
 an interest in lifelong learning
People with well developed Personal skills are easier to work with and
   contribute towards a productive and efficient environment.
   Consider the following:
           A definition of a skill

• How can we define these personal skills that we all possess - (or the
  ones we are yet to discover)?
• something you practice, for what is a skill if never used?
• something you enjoy, for if we cannot enjoy our skills what can we
• something that is productive - and this can mean many things; we
  can make something, adapt something, contribute to something,
  share something
• something of use - both to others and ourselves; and let us think of
  this in an easy going sense; contributing by helping or assisting
  others is just as important as leading the way
• something that can be developed further
• something for which other uses can be found
• New opportunities
           What can they be?
• What personal-skills can we have? They can be many
  and varied
• they can be an ability you have that you can use
• they can be an aptitude we show for something
• they can be a capability that we discover and add to
  our arsenal
• they can be something that we find that we are
  competent at
• they can be something that utilizes our manual
• they can be something that our experience enables us
  to utilize
                   Our contribution
• Making a contribution to life through our own individual efforts can bring
  many benefits and its own rewards. Here are some of them
• the confidence to try new things
• the motivation to back up our confidence
• setting goals and achieving them becomes part of our everyday life
• the realization we can put our talents, strengths and skills to good effect
• the understanding that continuing our self development will open up new
  avenues and opportunities
• the discipline and control to use our time and skills to best effect
• our behavior will reflect our confidence and esteem in life
• we will be happy that our personality is nicely balanced and in tune with
  our life
• we will reap the benefits of our continued growth
• we will feel better as a result of our enhanced self worth
• we can achieve the balance in life that we have always wanted
• personal skills are to be used
       Dormant or fully used?

• What is the point of having personal skills if they
  lay hidden or unused? Do we not lose a little of
  ourselves in not utilizing our skills and strengths?
• Doing something on our own is fine, but is it not
  better to share and contribute, to give freely and
  not just be selfish and take. Though we can do
  things on our own, teamwork is the thing that
  can get some things going. Working together with
  others, sharing the effort and hard work as well
  as the results and glory, is another experience we
  should all discover and enjoy.
   But I don't think I have any
            skills . . .
• We look around and we can see others working away, really
  enjoying themselves - and utilizing their skills and strengths
  at the same time. And we wonder whether we can join
  them. But we are not certain how we can do that.
• Perhaps we need to look at our life and see the good we
  have done. See the people we have affected by our actions,
  our deeds, our words. See the contributions we have made.
• See the things we are interested in. See the things we
  enjoy. See the things we have an aptitude for or with.
• See the direction our life is going. See the new
  opportunities ahead of us. See the areas where we can
  make a real contribution.
    Look back and realize . . .

• And looking back at what we have done and what we
  are now doing we will be able to see the skills we have
  – no matter what they are. They are our ability to make
  a difference.
• Look at them more closely and see what they are. Look
  for ways you can use them. It can be a little here and a
  little there. It does not have to be a huge project,
  though if that is your forte then go for it.
• But just see what you can do. How you can help. How
  you can direct the play of life. How you can influence
  the things happening around you.
         Make your move . . .

• Then get started - and enjoy the journey. Stretch
  yourself a little. Give a little. Give of yourself. And
  you will see how life has its way of rewarding you.
• Be it in new opportunities. Be it in new avenues
  opening up. Be it in new paths becoming visible
  or old paths becoming clearer.
• Let yourself go into this future that is yours. And
  enjoy yourself being yourself and utilizing all that
  you have been given and have developed - your
  personal skills among them. Share a bit of
  yourself and see where life takes you.
      Self Management

Self-Management is the ability to manage your
personal reactions to responsibilities and
challenges in work and life. This involves
managing your time and adapting to changing
situations. It requires you to reflect on your
experiences and their effect on your physical and
mental state. Self-Management requires the
Background Skills of Reflection, Self Awareness,
Planning and Monitoring, Time Management,
Flexibility and Self-Appraisal.
 Independent Learning

Independent Learning is the ability to recognise gaps
in your knowledge and acquire it independently. It is
the capacity and desire to continue to learn, beyond
the structured classroom of school and university. It
requires resourcefulness, drive, initiative and
planning. Independent learning requires self-
motivation and knowledge of your personal learning
styles and preferences. Independent Learning requires
the Background Skills of Planning and Monitoring,
Time Management, Flexibility, Self-Appraisal, Self-
Management and Reflection.
                   Goal Skills

    Goal Skills is the ability to create, plan for and achieve
    personal and professional goals. Examining what is
    important to you allows you to direct your attention
    and efforts towards those things, by setting long-term
    and short-term goals. Goal Skills require the ability to
    set specific, time-framed goals that are personally
    attractive, realistic in scope and that have definable
    outcomes. Goal Achievement requires motivation and
    tenacity, and the Background Skills of Goal Setting,
    Self-Appraisal, Flexibility, Planning and Monitoring,
    and Reflection.
of Personal
           Learning skills
• Seeks and willingly takes opportunities to
  learn. Shows interest in personal learning and
  development. Looks for feedback to improve
• Adapts easily to new challenges and shows
  openness to new ways of doing things.
  Effective at changing plans or actions to deal
  with changing situations.
             Goal setting
• Shows the ability to make a decision about
  what is wanted, and determine when it is to
  be achieved. Stays committed to the goal, and
  deals with setbacks realistically.
• Demonstrates ability to take the initiative in a
  situation. Shows inclination to find
  opportunities to make decisions or influence
• Able to perform tasks effectively with
  minimum help or approval, or without direct
• Shows the drive to succeed and excel at tasks.
  Shows confidence in abilities and expects to
  succeed at all tasks agreed on.
• Dependability Is reliable, responsible and
  dependable in fulfilling duties. Carefully
  checks work to ensure all details have been
• Remains calm and self-controlled under
  stressful situations. Works to deliver the best
  interests of the organization at all times, and
  maintains appropriate dress code.
• Being skilful is one of pleasures in life. And,
  remembering we are all different in our abilities
  and aptitudes, allow ourselves to let our personal
  skills be used. Let ourselves flower and blossom
  with the passage of time and our contribution both
  to our own life and also the life in which we find
• Allow your personal skills to come forth and make
  the difference in life that only you can.

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