5 Tips to Increasing Your Self-Reliance

Being self-reliant is a valuable skill that nurtures a successful life. Most high achievers understand that they need to be independent and self-sufficient. Unfortunately, friends and family won't always be there to help or be supportive, making self-reliance a crucial element of surviving and succeeding.

Here are some tips for you.
1. Make Your Own Choices

Even if you make a mistake, accept responsibility for your choices and actions. Don't let others make decisions for you. Being self-reliant is about making your own decisions and being responsible for them regardless of the consequences. This helps you learn from your mistakes, while developing or perfecting your skills and knowledge.

Increasing Your Self-Reliance
2. Highlight Your Responsibilities

It’s a fact of life that adults have personal responsibilities. Most adults must pay bills, keep their house clean, and hold down a job. Highlighting your responsibilities, being aware of them, and developing a plan to meet your obligations is a significant step to ensure you take care of your individual needs.

Increasing Your Self-Reliance
3. Be Informed and Mindful

Be aware of your surroundings and essential information. Learn how to manage your money responsibly, maintain your physical and mental health, be aware of local news and laws to ensure you know how to handle various situations.

4. Understand Your Purpose and Path

What is your purpose in life? What goals do you hope to achieve? What do you want to gain from your life? If you were to die today, would you be happy with your accomplishments and everything you have done in life? The more you understand where you want to go in life, the more confidence and self-esteem you will gain, ensuring your ability to be successful on your own.

5. Develop Beneficial Skills and Habits

When you know what you want to accomplish you can easily assess what knowledge, skills, and habits you have and what you need to develop or enhance. Having a well-rounded education, can be beneficial in times of crisis. The broader your knowledge is, the safer you’ll be and the more confidence you will gain.


Being self-reliant is about gaining knowledge, skills, resources, and experience, as well as learning and practicing new skills to ensure your success. Remember though, everyone needs help from time to time. Ask for help when you need it, you will likely learn new skills that will help you be more independent in the future.

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About Gilly Hughes

I'm Gillian Hughes and I’ve had a long-standing passion for self-discovery, self-development, spirituality and many other things considered ‘woo-woo’! I love the endless possibilities available to us through developing our hearts and minds. And through my ongoing learning I have become a jack of all trades and a MASTER in bringing them all together to help people like you create a more fulfilling and happier life.

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