The 3 M's for Improving Your Work Skills

The 3 M’s for Improving Your Work Skills


Learning a new skill or improving a current one can be challenging yet rewarding. The benefits are numerous, including increased confidence, career advances, enhanced cognitive function, improved memory and decreased risk of dementia, just to name a few. If you are feeling lonely, a new skill can entertain you when you are bored. There are health benefits as well as potential career path benefits to learning a new skill. Prepare yourself with mindset, motivation and management.

1. Mindset

You can mentally talk yourself out of just about anything. The upside is you can also talk yourself into doing things you believe in. Setting a mental barrier for yourself to overcome can be an obstacle in improving your skills. Seeds of self-doubt can plant themselves and leave you questioning whether you are capable. Do not let age, education level, time or other things discourage you from setting out to learn a new skill. Instead, adjust your mindset.

How do you do that? Acknowledge that you can learn anything you put your mind to, embrace changes and adopt the mentality that change is growth. If you want to learn digital skills, disregard any self-doubt and search for ways to understand them. There are free courses, self-paced courses, video tutorials and more to help you. You just have to believe that you can learn it first.

2. Motivation

Success in any aspect of life requires motivation. If you are not motivated to learn a new skill, you probably will not follow through with the completion of the task. Place emphasis on self-improvement, the value this new skill will bring to you and the enjoyment and pride you will feel from learning something new. Perhaps what you know will benefit you in your career and result in a raise. Maybe it can help you qualify for a dream job or start your side hustle or business. The skills could even help you find a hobby you enjoy or one that allows you and your family to fix things around the house.

There is no limit to what skills you can learn or how they can impact your life if you are motivated to learn. You might want to place a goal card somewhere you will see each day that reminds you of why you want to learn this skill. Remind yourself of the pros of continual learning and expanding your skill sets when you lack motivation. You might even find that having a friend or family member learning the skill with you will hold you more accountable.

3. Management

Time is one of the most commonly used excuses. How often have you heard yourself say I don’t have time for that? The answer is probably daily, even if that thing is something you have wanted to learn or do for yourself. The truth is we have time for the things we choose to prioritize. Most times, it is simply a matter of evaluating our daily schedules and noting where we could have time for self-improvement. Waking up 30 minutes earlier each morning can give you a little time each day to learn while you have your morning coffee or tea. Cutting social media scrolling can free up more time than many individuals would like to admit. Time management is a critical skill that most people could improve.

Lifelong learning is one of the key qualities successful people contribute to their success. Knowledge is vital for self-improvement, personal growth, satisfaction, career advances and more. It can even be a great bonding experience to learn a new skill with a loved one. There are so many options to choose from that you will surely find one you will enjoy learning.