3 key skills you will need in 2021

3 key skills you will need in 2021. Image: Unsplash
3 key skills you will need in 2021. Image: Unsplash

Relationship expert and author Paula Quinsee tells us which three skills we should all be investing in this year for personal and professional growth 

A lot of us thought that things would return to normal once we made it in 2021, but this hasn't necessarily been the case. 

Over the past few weeks and highlighted again in the President’s most recent national address, many parts of the world have gone back into lockdown or had restrictions imposed on them again with the second wave of infections.

As we continue with the need to social distance and work from home, it will be necessary for us to continue to take care of our own and our employee’s wellbeing in order to function and remain productive.

“Coping skills and tools that worked last year will perhaps not be as effective this year as reality sinks in and we experience more of the same conditions going forward” says Quinsee

3 key skills that you should look to develop going forward are:


Find compelling reasons to do something and commit yourself to see that task or activity through to the very end.

Consciously influence your own thoughts and behaviour in order to achieve your personal goals or an organisation’s goals and objectives.

Adapt to difficult situations, manage your emotions and keep functioning at a good level.

Why are these skills so critical?

They empower us to manage our mental health, our motivation, energy levels, and enhance our ability to adapt, be creative, and be productive.

“Never before has mental health been under the spotlight as it has now due to the pandemic – one of the few positive outcomes of the pandemic," Quinsee says. 

On a personal level – these skills help us to manage ourselves, our emotions, our personal relationships and our home environment. They also aid in anxiety and stress levels, help us work through challenging situations, adopt a positive mindset and help us implement boundaries where necessary.

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As we’ve come to realise over the past few month, change is the only constant and the more we become comfortable operating in an ever-changing environment, learning to be adaptable and flexible, the better off our wellbeing and the more we will be able to cope going forward.

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