For any individual, advancing in the different aspects of academic and non-academic endeavors is of utmost importance. Self-improvement can help them to unlock their true potential and achieve various goals. We all may have come across the quote, “What a man can be, he must be.” This gives us the very basic idea that one has to explore their limits to achieve excellence in their endeavors.
For achieving success in their efforts, any individual has to possess the mentioned qualities:
- An individual should be efficient enough to perceive a situation correctly and honestly and come up with a feasible situation.
- They should be comfortable enough to accept their own nature with all the flaws and take corrective steps accordingly. Similarly, they should also perceive shortcomings of others and their contradictions positively, while accepting them with humor and tolerance.
- Individuals should be engaged, active, and spontaneous to ensure better outcomes.
- They should be prepared to accomplish tasks outside their comfort zones, and adopt out-of-the-box methods to complete the same.
- Such individuals do not depend on external authorities or other people; rather, they act independently and are resourceful enough to accomplish the desired objectives well in time.
- They accept things wholeheartedly and constantly renew appreciation of what life is offering them.
- They should possess a deep sense of identification with others and the human situation in general.
- Individuals also have to nurture interpersonal relationships and develop deep loving bonds.
Self-Realization and Analysis of an Individual’s Abilities
An individual can assess one’s potential when they start self-analysis. This procedure involves the following:
Having self-belief is essential for achieving career excellence. Having faith in one’s capabilities, along with the positive attitude of ‘yes I can’ can bear wonderful results. It helps to realize that every obstacle can be overcome and the impossible can be achieved. Self-awareness helps people to develop a proper understanding of their strengths and weaknesses. Strengths as personality traits can help in accomplishing the desired goal, while weaknesses are the obstacles.
Additionally, individuals can employ self-management to organize their strengths and weaknesses to transform disadvantages into favorable situations. Strengths can help one to explore the available opportunities, while they should make sure that weaknesses should not limit them to explore their potential. The dedication for improvement can help them to constantly improve themselves, while developing the system as well. It is also very important that people maintain high levels of personal integrity and ethical code of conduct. This will help in achieving the set targets efficiently. However, one has to be cautious about upholding the principles of fairness, accountability, transparency, and honesty.
Putting the Plan into Motion
For better outcomes, individuals have to devise foolproof plans, which can be implemented to ensure flawless results. To ensure better future results, people have to prepare themselves, hone their skills, devise a master action plan, and design a vision for the desired future. Maintaining intellectual flexibility is helpful; it assists people to receive fresh insights and perspectives from diverse internal and external sources. For this, they have to understand that change is radical, as a result of which they have to be innovative, creative, and experimentative.
Moreover, it is important that people take sufficient amount of time to gather proper information from various sources about the threats and opportunities. This will help them to take informed decisions and act accordingly. Leaders need to self-evaluate their current way of doing things and figure out innovative ways to introduce new procedures, while enhancing creativity and productivity.
Another essential aspect is to be politically clever, that is, to hone the ability to manage a political dimension. People have to develop the skills to see and communicate the big picture, develop the right connections, and maintain credibility among different groups and in strategic relations. Individuals have to make sure that their actions are a combination of dedication, hard work, and stress handling abilities. This will help them to tackle various challenges effectively and meet their standards for excellence. As such, the concerned person should have the ability to plan activities and be persistent about completing the objective, no matter what the obstacles are. It is important for them to review tasks and prioritize to meet objectives and deadlines. Accordingly, they have to take the initiative to stay positive and motivated even under pressure situations.
Delivering for Improved Results
For bringing change, it is essential to communicate the vision and work dedicatedly to achieve the same. This calls for empowering people, encouraging them to participate, and work together as a cohesive unit. Accordingly, leaders should be strong enough and hold participants to account for achieving the desired targets. They should also motivate participants to deliver a high level of performance. It is essential to set clear targets and standards for performance and behavior. Moreover, concerned persons should make sure that processes are taking place properly and individuals are supported dedicatedly in achieving the standards. Creating a climate of support and accountability can be helpful, rather than a climate of blame.
– Ananda Kamal Das