LIFESKILLS and Lifelong Guidelines

The 19 LIFESKILLS

  • caring: to feel and show concern for others
  • common sense: to use good judgment
  • cooperation: to work together toward a common goal or purpose
  • courage: to act according to one’s beliefs despite fear of adverse consequences
  • creativity: to generate ideas; to create something original or redesign through imaginative skill
  • curiosity: a desire to investigate and seek understanding of one’s world
  • effort: to do your best
  • flexibility: to be willing to alter plans when necessary
  • friendship: to make and keep a friend through mutual trust and caring
  • initiative: to do something of one’s own free will, because it needs to be done
  • integrity: to act according to a sense of what’s right and wrong
  • organization: to plan, arrange, and implement in an orderly way; to keep things orderly and ready to use
  • patience: to wait calmly for someone or something
  • perseverance: to keep at it
  • pride: satisfaction from doing one’s personal best
  • problem-solving: to create solutions to difficult situations and everyday problems
  • resourcefulness: to respond to challenges and opportunities in innovative and creative ways
  • responsibility: to respond when appropriate; to be accountable for one’s actions
  • sense of humor: to laugh and be playful without harming others

The 5 Lifelong Guidelines

  • trustworthiness: to act in a manner that makes one worthy of trust and confidence
  • truthfulness: to be honest about things and feelings with oneself and others
  • active listening: to listen with the intention of understanding what the speaker intends to communicate
  • no put-downs: to never use words, actions, or body language that degrade, humiliate, or dishonor others
  • personal best: to do one’s best given the circumstances and available resources