Today’s letter for the AtoZ Blogging Challenge is ‘M’ for my theme ‘A to Z of Effectiveness’. You can read more about my theme here. I’m also participating in the NaBloPoMo for April.
When we hear of words like leadership and management, we often have the image of an authoritative figure, confidently guiding a team of workers. We consider these ‘business book’ terms and nothing to do with personal development.
But Stephen Covey puts a different light on these words in his book, ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’, by stressing on personal leadership and management. Going by the ladder analogy we read about here, self leadership decides where to lean your ladder against, and management is what gets you to the top. Corinne at Everyday Gyaan has some inspiring posts on Self Leadership.
Personal management is very closely tied to discipline. Mr. Covey says that when you keep commitments made to yourself, you are honoring yourself. So every time I skip my exercise routine or leave the dishes in the sink or watch mindless TV instead of reading, I am being devalued. It’s like I’m saying to myself, “Why should I bother keeping promises to you? You’re not that important anyway!”
Wow. I have to admit this was a revelation to me; I had never thought of slacking off as devaluing myself! But it makes sense; if I think of myself as important enough to deserve success, I will leave no stone unturned to get there! I have got to print that out and pin it up as a reminder!
How good are you at personal management? Do you think of it as honoring yourself?