Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Ten Tips to Personal Effectiveness

How much closer are you to achieving your goals this year than you were five years ago? If you were to look back on where you were five or even ten years ago, did you plan on being further along than you are now? Would you like to make sure that in five years you will get where you are now planning to get? If the answer is yes then you owe it to yourself to learn what is going to put you on the right path today. Here are ten of the most effective strategies for personal effectiveness:

o Personal Value

Being successful requires you to value yourself enough to where you will not sabotage your own success. A high sense of personal value requires that you not measure your own worth by the opinions of others or by circumstances.

o Focus

Focus comes from acknowledging limitations. If you chase two rabbits you will lose both of them. More often people do not get what they want because they want too many different things. There is nothing which is more exhausting than a lack of focus.

o Compassion

In order to get what you need out of life you have to willing to make some kind of an investment in other people. Far too many people fail because they are out trying to receive something for nothing. Having compassion for other people will assure you that your willingness to give will help you to get what you want.

o Self-control

Being able to set aside what you want right now for what you want in the future is something which you must master in order to get what you want. Without self-control, you will be forever enjoying the benefits now but paying a much higher price later on.

o Perseverance

A quitter never wins and a winner never quits. The great basketball player Michael Jordon said: "I never lost a game, I just ran out of time." People who succeed have learned to continue to play until they win or until all their options are completely exhausted. Even then, they always get back in the game as soon as they can.

o Humility

The willingness to admit that you do not have it all figured out will help you to make the most of all the resources available to you. Humility is what empowers someone to learn from failure instead of being defeated by it.

o Decisiveness

Without decisiveness you can fall prey to one of the greatest enemies of success: procrastination. Decisiveness comes from determining in advance what you are after and basing all future decisions on that goal.

o Resourcefulness

Lack of money, time and energy is not anyone's problem. What is the problem is resourcefulness. Most of us only tap into our true resourcefulness in times of crisis. Better to use this great power to get what you want instead of to avoid what you don't want.

o Urgency

It is tempting to put things off until a more preferable time. The truth is that this time will never come. Having a strong sense of urgency is the key to building the momentum which will empower you to overcome procrastination.

o Enthusiasm

This is the fuel which keeps your fire burning, some may say that acting enthusiastic can make a person enthusiastic. In reality, it is a better idea to find something which you are enthusiastic about so that you do not have to waste your energy forcing yourself to be enthusiastic.

Take these principles one by one and put them into practice today. As they become habits, you will slowly move towards your goals until you build up the momentum to keep you going even in the most difficult of times.

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