Today we’re going to talk about what to do when you feel like you’re lacking skills or you feel like you don’t have any skills. It can be extremely frustrating – feeling like you don’t have the skills to pursue the personal projects, hobbies, or professional progress or change you’re seeking. There may be something you’ve done for quite a while, decades even, and you’re really good at it, but it’s starting to feel old, you’re getting stagnant, or you’re realizing that you need to learn more to start progressing personally or professionally. Today, having multiple skills to pull from is crucial and while we’re just touching the surface on this subject, I do have three things you can do starting today to get going.
1. GET STARTED
It seems like a no brainer, but sometimes it’s easier said than done. If you don’t get started – nothing will change. Think back a year or two ago. Is there anything you wish you had started or tried out? If you didn’t do it, or didn’t stick with it, you’re no farther ahead now than you were then. Start today, and a year or two from now and you’ll be miles ahead and glad you finally took the first step.
2. GET TRAINING AND/OR EXPERIENCE
Getting started is important, but it doesn’t do much without actionable and measurable steps. If you want to learn something new, you’ll have to find someone who knows about what you’re interested in. There are a number of ways to gain training and experience, and not all of them cost money (if that’s something you feel is holding you back).Getting started is important, but it doesn’t do much without actionable and measurable steps. Click To Tweet
Depending on what you’re interested in and the skills you’re looking to acquire, here are three options for you to look into:
- Free ResourcesIf you’re looking to get into something like knitting, cooking, or handmade craftsmanship work, there are SO many places you can go to find people who know and teach what you’re looking to do. Visit blogs and articles, find videos, read books, seek hands on apprenticeships, and talk to others to learn what you need. Often times you can also find groups on Facebook and forum platforms filled with people immersed in the world of your desired skill that you can connect with and learn from. Find friends and mentors in those arenas, and don’t forget the family and friends right in front of you!
- Online Courses and Programs
- If time and location are an issue, online courses are your best friend. They also provide you with opportunities to learn from people you might not otherwise be able to connect with in person. There are some popular online course sites that offer resources on many subjects such as Udemy and Coursera. You might also find courses offered by industry experts directly, so checking their websites is a great way to see what you can learn from them in addition to the regular information they share.
- Degrees and Certificates
- Sometimes regulations require that you obtain certification of some sort to pursue and practice a particular profession or pursue a particular career. If that’s the case, there are usually ways to get involved to make sure you really are interested in pursuing that field or career. You can connect with people in the industry online or in person, coordinate a day to observe someone’s daily routine in your desired job, find volunteer opportunities within the community to get idea of the atmosphere, people, and industry, or, again, join a group online or in your community.
When looking at obtaining the degree or certificate you need, schools of all types often offer support to help individuals with a career plan based on their chosen field. If you need financial assistance, talk to your schools of choice, and find out what your option are.
Whatever you’re looking to do, you likely won’t be the first to pursue it and if you’ve exhausted one path to gain the skills you’re seeking, look around and you’ll find a few more.
3. GET ACCOUNTABLE & STICK WITH IT
You might find once you try something that it’s not for you, and that’s okay! If you’re really serious about pursing a new skill, however, it’s going to take work and you need to find some method of accountability to make sure you stick with it. There a many ways to stay accountable – through friends, family, and personal accountability. If friends are family don’t seem like the best option (and sometimes they aren’t), consider groups within the community (local and online). You’ll learn from each other and might even make a few new friends!
If you’re going to incorporate personal accountability, make sure you have another accountability plan in place (like the examples above). Some ideas that you can implement are scheduling times in your calendar dedicated to learning your new skills. You can also set alarms to remind you to take certain actions and place notes around your home or workplace to help you stay motivated.
Stay Motivated with Coaching
Another way to stay motivated is through coaching. As a Clarity Coach, I provide people with tools and support to help them achieve greater personal and professional growth. Part of that support includes accountability in coaching. It is my absolute joy to help people achieve breakthroughs and new growth in life. If you’re ready to close the gap between your desires and your reality, contact me at the bottom of the Clarity Coaching page!
Share Your Journey
I hope you found some great ideas from this post. If there’s something you wish you knew how to do – you can do it! Get started! It takes time, but in a year or two you’ll be so happy you did.
If you’re on the path to learning some new skills, what are you learning? Which options are you planning on using? Share what you’re learning (or want to learn) in the comments below!
Until next time,