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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427 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
394 73
Coping with Anxiety is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Coping with Anxiety

3
391 72
Coping with Stress is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Coping with Stress

4
388 73
Not Procrastinating is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Not Procrastinating

5
357 76
Budgeting is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Budgeting

6
351 80
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 97
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 81
Maintaining Healthy Relationsh... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Maintaining Healthy Relationships

9
293 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
263 96
Socializing is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Socializing

11
263 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
265 102
Communicating Your Feelings is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Communicating Your Feelings

13
264 111
Making Decisions is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Making Decisions

14
232 111
Cooking is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Cooking

15
242 119
Time Management is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Time Management

16
218 103
Remembering Details is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Remembering Details

17
148 61
Being Patient is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
RobLein added Being Patient

18
218 121
Public speaking is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Public speaking

19
200 108
Concentrating is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Concentrating

20
137 63
Learning from Mistakes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
RobLein added

21
212 121
Dancing is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Dancing

22
180 97
Fixing Home Appliances is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Fixing Home Appliances

23
197 110
Knowing When to Say No is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Knowing When to Say No

24
186 103
Understanding Social Cues is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Understanding Social Cues

25
176 101
Receiving Compliments is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Receiving Compliments

26
129 64
Making Friends is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Alaina Hillman added

27
160 97
Writing is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Writing

28
143 102
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
90 66
Carpentry is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
RobLein added

30
105 81
Swimming is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
RobLein added

31
134 113
Sports is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Sports

32
127 112
Being Compassionate is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Being Compassionate

33
85 71
Making Love is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
RobLein added

34
136 125
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
125 115
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
115 124
Driving in Big Cities is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Things You Wish You Were Better At
Driving in Big Cities