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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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
288 55
Coping with Anxiety is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Coping with Anxiety

3
283 55
Coping with Stress is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Coping with Stress

4
270 56
Not Procrastinating is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Not Procrastinating

5
251 59
Maintaining a Workout Regimen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Maintaining a Workout Regimen

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262 66
Not Overanalyzing Little Thing... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Not Overanalyzing Little Things

7
252 63
Budgeting is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Budgeting

8
220 60
Maintaining Healthy Relationsh... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Maintaining Healthy Relationships

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212 63
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
199 75
Communicating Your Feelings is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Communicating Your Feelings

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190 72
Socializing is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Socializing

12
193 75
Standing Up for Yourself is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Standing Up for Yourself

13
204 87
Making Decisions is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Making Decisions

14
174 82
Cooking is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Cooking

Things Your Mother Told You... That She Was Right About

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183 96
Time Management is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Time Management

16
172 88
Public speaking is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Public speaking

17
155 80
Remembering Details is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Remembering Details

18
158 86
Dancing is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Dancing

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90 37
Being Patient is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
RobLein added Being Patient

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146 85
Concentrating is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Concentrating

21
87 39
Learning from Mistakes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
RobLein added Learning from Mistakes

The Most Useless College Majors

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137 81
Understanding Social Cues is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Understanding Social Cues

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134 80
Receiving Compliments is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Receiving Compliments

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83 40
Making Friends is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Alaina Hillman added Making Friends

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126 77
Fixing Home Appliances is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Fixing Home Appliances

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142 92
Knowing When to Say No is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Knowing When to Say No

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118 74
Writing is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Writing

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70 51
Swimming is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
RobLein added Swimming

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104 84
Sports is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Sports

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108 88
Singing in a Wide Vocal Range is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Singing in a Wide Vocal Range

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101 82
Allotting Time for Hobbies is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Allotting Time for Hobbies

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93 87
Talking to People IRL is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Talking to People IRL

33
90 89
Being Compassionate is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Being Compassionate

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48 47
Carpentry is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
RobLein added Carpentry

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85 95
Driving in Big Cities is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Driving in Big Cities

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43 52
Making Love is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
RobLein added Making Love