Self Motivation – Tips to Motivate Yourself

Self-motivation is a process wherein a person develop ways on how to keep his or her self motivated at all times despite challenging times and without direct help from other people. Experts say that self-motivation is a very important factor in a person’s life because this will help him or her see things in a positive way. This will also enable him or her to overcome challenges by developing an attitude that could withstand trials and failures.If one is able to develop a good outlook in life, everything will start falling into their proper places. In fact, he or she might even be surprised of the things that were able to accomplished in that span of time.

The ABCs of Self Motivation

If you are one of those who have just realized the importance of self-motivation and would want to start it but you just don’t know how, here are some of the things that can help you:

  1. Re-assess yourself. Many people think that they know themselves already that is why they decline to do self-assessment regularly. Experts say that these people don’t realize that the more that they decline doing self-reassessment, the more that they get stuck to their own routine which leaves them lesser room for improvement. If you want to start with constant self-motivation, it is best that you know yourself very well. If you know yourself well, you will know your weaknesses as well as your strengths. Once you were able to identify all of these, it will be easier for you to set goals for yourself that are within your reach and your capabilities.
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Human Resource Management (HRM) Best Practices

In recent years business environment has become highly competitive. It has forced the manager to develop different strategies to cope with competitiveness. These strategies help organizations to survive in competitive environment. One area that has been important as a means of providing a competitive advantage is the management of the Human Resource function. Over the past decade there has been a dramatic shift in the field of Human Resource Management, with great emphasis being applied to the human resource management function and its significant contribution to organisational performance. However in order to influence organisational performance it is required that there are certain ‘practices’ of human resource management that must be abided by in order for improved performance to be achieved.

Unfortunately there has been no authoritative definition of best practice that has been agreed by academics or practitioners. This leads to a lack of conceptual clarity of the HRM best practice definition. HRM best practices are designed to increase the overall performance of employees within the organisation, ultimately resulting in increased organisational performances. Commitment shown by the employer with regard to areas such as training and development for example, is ultimately reciprocated by the employee, with this increased commitment toward the organisation, performance enhances as employees are more skilled and committed to the profession, resulting in a win win situation for both parties.

In simple terms, each best practice technique is aimed at developing the employee, increasing commitment, with the resulting intention to improve the organisational performance ultimately create a sustainable competitive advantage.… Read the rest

Stress and Personality

Stress is very personal as it depends on how you perceive events.  One of the factors that influences your perceptions is your personality.  Depending on your personality you may be more vulnerable to stress than some of your friends or colleagues.  It is important to understand this as many people wrongly think they are weak or at fault in some way because they feel stressed by something others appear to take in their stride.

There are in fact individuals who psychologists have termed ‘hardy’, because of their higher level of tolerance to stress.  A ‘hardy’ person has a particularly strong belief in their ability to control events, even when in reality they have limited control.  They also tend to believe that stability is unusual in life and that constant change is normal.  Having these kind of beliefs makes the ‘hardy’ individual more able to cope with excessive pressure and higher than normal levels of uncertainty.

Another personality type classification is the A and B personality.  Type As tend to have less patience than Type Bs and as a result appear to be more ambitious and competitive.  Type Bs on the other hand are much more laid back and accordingly tend to suffer less from stress.  For many years it was wrongly thought that you had to have a Type A personality to be a high achiever.  However, modern thinking is that the Type B personality has an advantage over the Type A personality.

The reason for this is that whilst Type Bs are more laid back, they do still get the job done, and because they are in less of a rush they create less stress for themselves and others. … Read the rest

Performance Under Stress Pressure

The difference between Pressure and Stress

It is important to understand the difference between pressure and stress.  When you are faced with a challenge you are confident you can meet, it is normal to experience positive feelings such as excitement and motivation.  This results in higher than normal levels of energy and an enthusiasm to work hard and succeed.  On the other hand however, when faced with a challenge you believe is beyond you, for whatever reason, you are in danger of experiencing stress.  Any level of pressure you perceive as excessive, may, if not reduced within a reasonable period of time, turn into chronic stress.

When stressed, your overall performance will reduce.  If you feel that you are not capable of meeting a challenge, you experience negative thoughts, feelings and physical sensations that drain your energy and lower your mood and desire to work.  A stressed person will want to withdraw energy from a pressurized situation and give up the battle.

Pressure can cause High Performance or Stress

It is important to understand that we all need to experience sufficient pressure occasionally to stretch us out of our comfort zones.  If we don’t stretch ourselves we will not grow.  However, as the pressure increases there will come a point where it is too much for us and instead of responding with improved performance we will start to show the signs of stress.  This is true of anybody and anything.  If you put too much pressure on a bridge it will start to show the signs of stress and eventually break. … Read the rest

Developing Self-Management Skills

Sometimes we believe our environment is responsible for our mood. For example, some people are troubled when it rains, and blame it for affecting their temper. Others have an early morning mood when they “get out of the wrong side of the bed.” Others are troubled by the shortness of winter days…..And yet others need alcohol etc to feel okay.

A very common way people express themselves to describe the impact of this external environment is by using a technical metaphor, such as:

  • “He just knows how to push my buttons,”
  • “It’s a grim day,”
  • “What a depressing environment,”
  • “When they do such and such a thing, they make me mad!”

However, when you ask apparently absurd questions, such as: “How interesting, where is your buttons? What shape are they? How many have you got? You get very interesting results…..

Indeed such questions enable people to realize that these “buttons” are, in fact, figments of our imagination and don’t actually exist. We respond to others or to our environment in a certain manner because, unconsciously, we choose to, usually as a result of previous conditioning.

Thus:

  • A grim day is a day during which we choose to feel grim;
  • A depressing environment is an environment in which we choose to feel depressed;
  • When he/she does such and such a thing. He/she makes me mad! Actually means: When he/she does such and such a thing, I choose to become angry.

Although this is easier to say than to achieve, realizing the choices we actually have at any one time frees us from investing other people with some power they have over us.… Read the rest

Introduction to Emotional Intelligence

Classic Intelligence and rational thinking have dominated Western Society for centuries. It was Freud who showed, through his analysis of the unconscious, that there is more to us than rational thinking. Since Freud, the development of psychology has brought the insight that a person’s actions are not just rational or logical, Emotional Intelligence seems a good name to name our “non-rational” way of thinking and being.

“In the last decade or so, science has discovered a tremendous amount about the role emotions play in our lives. Researchers have found that even more than IQ, your emotional awareness and abilities to handle feelings will determine your success and happiness in all walks of life, including family relationships.” (John Gottman, Ph.D)

What is Emotional Intelligence?

Quite simply, emotional intelligence is the intelligent use of emotions: You intentionally make your emotions work for you by using them to help guide your behavior and thinking in ways that enhance your results.

  • Emotional Intelligence is a way of recognizing, understanding, and choosing how we think, feel, and act. It shapes our interactions with others and our understanding of ourselves. It defines how and what we learn; it allows us to set priorities; it determines the majority of our daily actions. Research suggests it is responsible for as much as 80% of the “success” in our lives.” (Freedman)
  • Emotional intelligence is the ability to sense, understand, and effectively apply the power and acumen of emotions as a source of human energy, information, connection, and influence.” (Dr.
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