Every professional needs self-realisation. They need to know the qualities that they are endowed with. Unless they know the skills that are within themselves, they would behave like the musk deer. That’s why possessing life skills is so important.
Without realising that the potentialities to achieve success lies within themselves, they often tend to behave like a musk deer who frantically searches for the source of the fragrance but fails to locate it. The strangest thing, however, is that the source of the fragrance lies embedded within the body of the deer.
Let us find out what is our own core value. Let us ignite the fire within us. After all, every individual himself or herself possesses the key to their own success. Once you realize yourself, the success will knock your door automatically. In other words, the professionals cutting across their areas of specialization must hone the life skills to achieve success.
In fact, a person can make his or her life as beautiful as the paintings of Picasso if he or she knows what to do to achieve the goal. One has to give full expression to his or her potentialities through nurturing the skills. A definite mind-set, however, is required to know how he or she should go ahead to be reach at the top.
The issue of life skill that we read in the management science is not a new concept, rather an ancient one. Hundreds of years back, the issue of life skills used to be taught as the success mantra for the youth and young professionals in ancient Greece by the philosophers. They developed their own concept of “human excellence” through self discovery and self estimation.
Let us have a look at what the famous Grecian philosopher Aristotle had to say on this issue. Aristotle had said: “Personal development is about desiring and pursuing knowledge”. What he said nearly 2400 years ago, still stand axiomatically true. Yes! Human beings, indeed, have desires. In fact, a lot of them. But to achieve them, one has to have knowledge. Through knowledge, one can embark upon the task of “personal development”.
Why chisel life skills?
To answer this note of interrogation, what we get is yet another question mark. Can anything be made perfect without chiseling? The answer to this question is an emphatic no.
No! Nothing can be shaped without chiseling. In fact, even the diamonds need cutting and polishing to attain their sparkle. Every human being is an uncut diamond. But to shine, they need to hone their life skills. Yes! Life skills do have core value.
Before we dribble further on the essentiality of chiseling the life skills as a tool to personal development, let us make it clear that by developing the personal skills, one can understand himself or herself in a positive manner.
Now that we know that development of life skills are essential in igniting the fire within us, let us venture to define it.
What exactly do we mean by life skills?
Interestingly enough, the WHO (World Health Organisation) has made a very bold attempt to define it. The WHO very aptly defines life skills as “abilities for adaptive and positive behaviour that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life.”
Yes! Indeed psychosocial and interpersonal skills need to be developed as they are prerequisite to achieve the goal in life. As we know, we all have to take vital decisions regarding our own lives. If we know our core values, it would tell us where do we actually stand. This will help us to take a decision. Subsequently, we can go ahead with what we have decided. The concept about our-selves must be crystal clear. It will help us to know where we belong to in the yardstick of capabilities.
The management science also tells us that we can set our target of life once we know life skills or capabilities. We must know our full potentialities to the fullest extent possible. Personal development is the pursuit of developing, honing and mastering the skills that help us become the best that we can, with all that we have. It is the reaching for, and realizing of, our full potential as human beings. We all want to live full, productive lives but, sometimes we just don’t know where to begin.
How UNESCO Views Life Skills?
Before we further delve deep into the realm of life skills, let us have a glimpse at what the UNESCO has to say about it. The UNESCO’s view on this issue is: As children grow from infancy to adolescence and young adulthood, they need to learn many kinds of skills. Language, reading, writing and mathematics are considered the most basic of the skills children must master.
In addition, they must learn a great variety of practical skills, like tooth brushing, how to drive a car or use public transportation, food preparation, and basic safety and survival skills. They also need to learn skills associated with work, income generation and money management.
Meta-psychological Aspect of Life Skills
Life skills are directly related to meta-psychological aspects of human life. This particular issue has been explained in a very vivid manner by the famous American author Marian K. Volkman in her book “Life Skills: Improve the Quality of Your Life with Meta-psychology”.
The applied Meta-psychology guide us to know how one can, particularly the youth, tap his or her full potential in practical, pragmatic, easy-to-follow steps.
As you continue on the journey of personal development, you will realise that there is much to discover and uncover about yourself. You feel that you’re your knowledge about yourself is really inadequate. Suddenly you understand that you should have more knowledge about yourself, knowledge about others, knowledge about life and the world around you.
It is here where your urge to hone life skills emanates. You now understand that to become successful in life, one must know himself or herself. He or she must have a crystal clear perception about his or her own capabilities and shortcomings.
Once we know our shortcomings or where do we lack, we can make it up by efforts launched to fill this gap. Therefore, the factor “you” becomes very vital. “You” must know who you are, what you want, and what you are capable of.
You must then determine which values, goals and principles you will set up to guide your actions. As “You” know life needs to be planned and implementation of plans need formulation of “strategies”. Once you know the “You”, you can draw “strategies” accordingly.
Assess Yourself Through Life Skills
Knowing this “You” factor is important because it will contribute to your personal growth and development. Life skills are a set of human skills that are used to handle problems and questions commonly encountered in our daily life. They are matters of everyday life.
Knowing oneself is very vital as it acts as a decision-making tool. You know what are your options and what is important to you. In addition, it also sharpens you self-management skills and interpersonal skills. Let us not forget that ultimately, the interplay between the skills is what produces powerful behavioural outcomes.
(By: Amlan Home Chowdhury)
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