Core Life-skills

Global steps

 

 

- Transforming youth potential

Core Life-Skills

1)Self esteem.

 

2)Self awareness.

 

3)Self control.

 

4)Decision making skills.

 

5)Assertiveness.

Assertiveness

In many cases, young people react to situations in three main ways.

  • Assertively
  • Aggressively
  • Passively

     

Passiveness/Passivity

It involves:

  • Giving into the desires of others hoping to get what you want.
  • Living it to others to guess what you want or letting them make decisions for you.
  • Making no effort to demand and exercise your own rights.
  • Remaining silent when something bothers you.
  • Apologizing all the time even when you are not on the wrong.
  • Acting submissively by, for example talking inaudibly, nervously, avoiding disagreements or looking down.

 

Assertiveness

This involves:

  • Telling someone exactly what you want in a way that is not rude or threatening.
  • Standing up for your own rights without violating the rights of others.
  • Expressing yourself firmly.
  • Acting or behaving in a confident manner.
  • Not being apologetic about your demands or over the wrong of others.

     

Aggressiveness

Aggressive behavior involves:

  • Demanding your own rights while violating those of others.
  • Expressing yourself in a threatening or intimidating manner.
  • Putting yourself at the expense of others.
  • Expressing yourself using foul language and offensive gestures.
  • Refusing to apologize even when you are wrong.

 

6) Empathy

Empathy is the ability to understand and show appreciation for another person’s circumstances and feelings. Empathy is a very important life-skill that should be taught and encouraged in schools. When we see someone in pain and feel that response in our own gut, that’s empathy. When we see someone struggling with a problem and feel an emotional pull to help, that’s empathy. Empathy is important in building close relationships, and developing strong communities. Raising empathetic youths and children might seem like a difficult task but its possible in the near future to have a generation of empathetic youths and children. It is good to remember that as we all go through life, we come across people in difficult and challenging situation. We also face such situations. We therefore need other people to show us empathy. Empathy helps build strong interpersonal relationships and instill a sense of belonging and dignity. When we are shown empathy, we begin to feel like we are cared for, important, respected and dignified. Empathy also enhances non-violence conflict resolution. It is due to empathy that we are able to see things from another person’s perspective. When we do this, then we are able to make appropriate compromises and offers, thus we are able to solve conflict and violence.

 

Living values associated with Empathy

In order for you to be able to empathize, there are certain living values that need to have.

  • a)Honesty

Both you and the person requiring empathy must be honest. Honesty is a living value that young people should have in this generation to be empathetic. Would you be empathetic towards someone you know is always lying? Would you readily accept assistance from a person who is known to cheat people?

 

  • b)Integrity

If you have integrity, then you will not take advantage of the other person in a difficult situation. You will help the person whole heartedly without expecting personal gain.

 

  • c)Simplicity

    Having the value of simplicity means that you are direct and easy to understand. In expressing empathy, you need to be simple and clear for the other person to be able to appreciate the empathy shown.

     

  • d)Humility

    When you have humility, you consider all people to be important and therefore help them and treat them with dignity.

     

  • e)Responsibility

    When you have this value, you will take it upon yourself to provide assistance to a person who needs it. Without this, you would be unable to empathize because you will leave it to somebody else to help.

     

  • f)Respect

    This will ensure that you do not look down upon other people or act in a demeaning manner as you express empathy. Being disrespectful as you express empathy may discourage the person from accepting your assistance. If you are respectful, you will offer assistance to those in need because you hold them in high regard.

     

     

7)Effective communication.

 

8)Negotiation skills.

 

9)Critical thinking.

 

10)Friendship formation.

 

11)Creative thinking.

 

12)Coping with stress and emotions.

 

13)Problem solving.

 

14)Goal settings.

 

15)Peace and conflict resolutions.

 

 

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