Thought Provoking The Things You Wish You Were Better At  

Lauren Slocum
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List Rules These should be things that humans can actually do, not superpowers.

We all have those people in our lives who seem like they're good at just about everything. They make friends easily, have successful careers, and excelling in all physical activity comes just as easily as baking an eclair for the first time. But the truth is, everyone has opportunity for self-improvement, and understanding where you need to improve is the first and most critical step of getting better at anything. If you're looking for things to improve about yourself and deciding to be better, this list outlines some of the most common challenges among your peers.

If you're looking for ways to improve yourself, you can start by looking at the relationships in your life. Do you have positive relationships with your family and your coworkers? Do you have long-lasting friendships or are you consistently having "falling outs" with people you're close with? Relationships are great indicators of where you stand emotionally and mentally - maybe you need to learn how to cope with your stress in a healthier manner or maybe you need to learn how to communicate better? 

Reflecting on your psychological well-being is a healthy and crucial way to gain perspective and create goals in your life. But not all areas of self-improvement have to involve deep-rooted emotional issues. Are you neglecting your hobbies to watch TV? Have you been avoiding the gym because you're tired after work? Many of the areas that could use improvement in our lives are based simply on desires and goals we've yet to accomplish. 

What are things you wish you were better at? If you don't see them listed here, join the conversation and add the things you strive towards getting better at. Vote up the things you wish you were better at and feel free to rerank this list based on your own personal experiences!
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429 66
Refraining from Unhealthy Habi... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Refraining from Unhealthy Habits

2
395 74
Coping with Anxiety is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Coping with Anxiety

3
392 73
Coping with Stress is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Coping with Stress

4
391 73
Not Procrastinating is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Not Procrastinating

5
358 77
Budgeting is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Budgeting

6
352 81
Maintaining a Workout Regimen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Maintaining a Workout Regimen

7
337 98
Not Overanalyzing Little Thing... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Not Overanalyzing Little Things

8
305 82
Maintaining Healthy Relationsh... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Maintaining Healthy Relationships

9
294 83
Being Comfortable in Your Own ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Being Comfortable in Your Own Skin

10
264 96
Socializing is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Socializing

11
264 99
Standing Up for Yourself is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Standing Up for Yourself

12
265 103
Communicating Your Feelings is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Communicating Your Feelings

13
264 112
Making Decisions is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Making Decisions

14
243 119
Time Management is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Time Management

15
232 112
Cooking is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Cooking

16
218 104
Remembering Details is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Remembering Details

17
149 61
Being Patient is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
RobLein added Being Patient

18
218 122
Public speaking is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Public speaking

19
200 109
Concentrating is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Concentrating

20
138 63
Learning from Mistakes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
RobLein added

21
199 110
Knowing When to Say No is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Knowing When to Say No

22
212 122
Dancing is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Dancing

23
180 98
Fixing Home Appliances is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Fixing Home Appliances

24
187 104
Understanding Social Cues is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Understanding Social Cues

25
177 101
Receiving Compliments is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Receiving Compliments

26
129 65
Making Friends is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Alaina Hillman added

27
160 98
Writing is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Writing

28
143 103
Allotting Time for Hobbies is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Allotting Time for Hobbies

29
92 66
Carpentry is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
RobLein added

30
106 82
Swimming is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
RobLein added

31
134 114
Sports is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Sports

32
128 112
Being Compassionate is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Being Compassionate

33
85 72
Making Love is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
RobLein added

34
136 126
Singing in a Wide Vocal Range is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Singing in a Wide Vocal Range

35
125 116
Talking to People IRL is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Talking to People IRL

36
115 125
Driving in Big Cities is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Driving in Big Cities