Personal effectiveness is the art of balancing one’s strengths, talents and skills to achieve one’s desired goals in life. The key behavioural aspect of personal development is self-management; which includes stress management, taking account for your responsibilities, controlling one’s emotions and thoughts, also being personally accountable for your behaviours.
Experience, knowledge and skills are said to be the determinants of personal effectiveness. Experience is based on the activities we perform during our professional development phase. It includes the knowledge and skills acquired within the boundary of practical activities performed. Knowledge on the other hand is used to define the action plan, includes strategic goals and the assessment of risk. Whereas skills are the abilities required to bring the plan into action. It determines the core requirements of the individual with the task at hand.
It is important to keep a track of your performance, reactions and behaviours towards people and situations. Your skills help your self-determination process and facilitates personal effectiveness. Some of the general skills to increase efficiency are;
- Self-confidence: this includes your speech, dressing, appearance and physical condition. You need to enhance your self-confidence time to time and learn about your capabilities, having the right attitude and right path to achieve your desired goals.
- Stress management: stress is a result of not having adequate information on a matter of importance in relation to your goals. It often includes characteristics such as panicking, reduced flow of work and the desire to procrastinate. A well-focused goal and enhanced personal belief can help subside the effects of stress in life.
- Creativity: it helps you to find better ways to carry out an action. A well-managed creative idea is highly demanded by people in organisations. Nowadays, students are also trained to follow creative and innovative pathways when performing a task.
- Idea generation: generating new ideas is an exercise for your brain. It mostly develops from an early age when creativity is not hindered and acceptance is on the higher side. Mental maps are useful for generating ideas, it helps built ways, scrutinise and visualise the probability of occurrence of the proposed idea.
- Determination: it allows you to focus on your desired and specific goal without distraction in your way.
Personal effectiveness is not time bound. It doesn’t come or go in one time but it follows a continuous path which is affected by your training and development cycle. In order to achieve personal effectiveness you need to have acceptance and desire to incorporate changes in life. You need to have clarity in terms of your basic qualities. It is best to introduce yourself in a clear and positive manner in any social circle. After knowing your strengths and weaknesses all you have to do is not to hesitate to be different. Being different in your personality is what makes you stand out in a crowd. Do what you like and not what your peers like; this will take you to a different path of your expertise. Feeling good about who you are is acceptance of yourself which is very important.
Personal effectiveness appreciates your organisational skills. The primary idea is to prioritise and accomplish the important tasks first and list down all the other to-dos separately in order of importance. This may feel absurd but it matters the most to design your own strategy and be committed to it till the end.
Personal effectiveness is the exercise of your mind, body and soul. It helps you discover your capabilities and interact smartly with people to create an impressive image in a social circle. We need to take time out of our routine to monitor our behaviours and see where we currently stand in relation to where we wish to be. Hence, this power of positive thinking will enable you to master your life goals.