“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom.”
Whoever he or she is, this person was right. Before you’ll be able to know other people, you should know who you are first and that is true wisdom. It is very important to have self management because it will give you more opportunities in life. If you want to be successful, you must first develop yourself, not only outside but the inner you is very important as well. For me, this is a responsibility of a person. Nowadays, young people are very fond of surfing the net (Facebook, Youtube, Tumblr, Twitter, etc.), I can say that I am one of those people, and sometimes..uh..no..MOST of the time, I forgot or disregard my responsibilities like doing homeworks, projects, reports and other school stuffs. I can totally say that I still don’t know how to manage myself.
After reading Managing Oneself by Peter F. Drucker, I can say that I am ‘somehow’ motivated to do what I have to do. I need to know my strengths in order to know where I belong. Where do I belong? Equally important, knowing the answer to this question enables a person to say to an opportunity, an offer, or an assignment, “Yes, I will do that. But this is the way I should be doing it. This is the way it should be structured. This is the way the relationships should be. These are the kind of results you should expect from me, and in this time frame, because this is who I am.” Asking for feedbacks is a good way to know your strengths and weaknesses. If there are bad feedbacks, don’t be discourage, instead you should think of a way on how to improve it. According to Drucker “Nobody learns except by making mistakes.” and I believe that, we should learn from all our mistakes. If you have not done any mistake, then wake up! You are not progressing or learning. Definitely, you won’t be a better person. Self management is also self discipline. Self discipline must be developed in order to succeed. As a manager or a leader, a person should know how to discipline his/herself before he/she’ll be able to discipline workers,employees, or members of a company or an organization. Another thing is, If you want to have a healthy life both physically and mentally, you should learn to manage yourself. Everyone speaks of stress management now, but what is more important is self-management. Some people say it’s about time management, the idea of time management has been in existence for more than 100 years. Unfortunately the term “Time management” creates a false impression of what a person is able to do. Time can’t be managed, time is uncontrollable we can only manage ourselves and our use of time. Time management is actually self management.
You are responsible for everything that happens in your life. Learn to accept total responsibility for yourself. If you do not manage yourself, then you are letting others have control of your Iife. Look at every new opportunity as an exciting and a new-life experience. Get into the habit of finishing what you start. Agree with yourself in advance that you will have a good attitude toward the upcoming task. Frequently ask, “Is what I am doing right now moving me toward my goals?”. Plan the future, but live in the present. Make a list of your accomplishments as you go through the day. Practice concentrating on your work or what you’re doing, do not multi-task. Do not view things you do as a “job.” view all activities as a challenge. Reward yourself after doing a hard task. Act with enthusiasm in all that you do. Practice self-determination, wanting to do it for yourself. Recognize not all days will go as you desire. Be kind to yourself on days when your self esteem is wavering. Remind yourself that you are good and can stand up to any obstacle. Never criticize yourself as having a weakness. There is no such thing. You are only talking about a present undeveloped skill or part of yourself that if you so chose, you can change. You do not have any weakness, only untapped potential. Bottom line is we are the CEO of our lives. It is up to us to develop ourselves.