Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Friday, May 25th, 2018

Power of Personal Development

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Power of Personal Development

Research shows that 95% of what we do or say in our daily lives is determined by our habits; that’s why, it is very important to learn about success-creating habits and personality traits in order to get where we need to go. In the other words, the mighty people are not those who are good knower but good actors. Most achievements of the human society are the result of the initiatives of pragmatic personalities rather than retrogressive philosophers. For example, the changes created by Thomas Edison do not have roots in the great theories of philosophers such as Socrates and Plato.
The first, personal development strategy is to get used to doing job with prioritizing skills and try to apply the 80/20 principle both in your formal and informal life.When we facing our day, we first must ask ourselves what are the 20% of the things that we have to do that accounts for 80% of the value of our work.We would be amazed with the results of the increase of the productivities throughout the day and there is a direct correlation between productivity and the amount of self-confidence we have.
In clearer terms, we need to prioritize the top 20% of our works because there is never enough time in life to do everything but there is always enough time to do the important things. We always need to work on the top 20% of the items on our list that make up for the greatest amount of value whether it is what we accomplish at home or at your job. In fact, this is one of the best personal development tricks ever vastly used by successful people.
Human habits are trying to drag us to the easy and less value tasks but by using our wisdom, we must train ourselves (cultivate the habits) to concentrate on the hardest yet most valuable tasks if we really want to achieve the type of success that propels forward in life. In reality, it is the secret of all successful leaders; for instance,I remember the speech of popular president of United States, Barak Obama saying, “we do this job because this is not easy”. Our leaders also need to remember this golden rule instead of being engulfed in ordinary activities.
The second personal development skill is goal oriented approach rather than being jack of all trades. Suppose, if we have been given a life and asked to live, what would be our first thought? The basic answer would be by doing what?what is proper for me during this lifetime to become? What is the road maps showing which mission is possible for my life? And these are the key focusing questions that set the basis for our lifelong goal! If we are unable to respond, we have no strategic goal and should not logical to expect any success.But need to note that everybody in this world  has a different set of circumstances, different set of skills, and a different set of opportunities through which they can interact with the world and identify their unique goal and sense of fulfillment. Your mission in life should be to figure out what our unique, “sets” are and how you can take action to best capitalize on them that gives all of our efforts purpose and meaning.
The next personal development skill is time management which is really life management and crucial in accomplishing the tasks at hand.Time is the pivot of life activities and the greatest asset one can ever acquire. When you miss a second, you miss a time in your lifetime! “To mind your time, mind your thought! To mind your life, mind your time.” That is why we need to make a to do list, when we make a list, it is like giving yourself a blueprint of things that must be done.
Also, we need to be aware of time dragons of the day such as face-book, twitter, instant messengers and other texting devices as they are the biggest addictive time wasters.  In fact, they are the termite-like thieves which vitiate the most valuable asset and energy of young generation. Unfortunately, these vastly used in Afghanistan including in government and non-government offices, but most destructively in schools and universities. Millions of students are steeped in using social media network; as soon as they get up, they give priority to using Facebook or twittereven if the assignments are pending for several days.
In addition, public media such as national and international T.V channels broadcast violence and time-killing movies which has negative social and psychological effects on children. One may see many children who use the freestyle wrestling actions on streets, at schools and also at homes on smaller children. Likewise, there are various family conflicts learnt from violent scenes broadcasted by unsupervised channels.
To sum up, the most important personal development skill that you may keep in mind is to concentrate on the top important tasks tailored to the long-term goals and thus the valuable way of spending time. Farther more, cultivation of a personal thinking habit, taking a few minutes to think before every idea you express, before every phone call you make, and before every task to decide so as to answer you what result you want to attain. On the other hand, you have to think, think, think and then do not think. Means, need to free ourselves from all success barriers such as chains of fear, doubt, and negativity.There is never 100% ideal way of reaching our goals, so you need to be more pragmatic rather than being hesitant idealists.Finally, all three skills are interconnected but the time management skills and prioritizing skills are like tools for goal setting skill.So, if we fail to have a realistic and measureable goal, we will fail to apply both aforementioned skills.

Mohammad Zahir Akbari is the permanent writer of the Daily Outlook Afghanistan. He can be reached at mohammadzahirakbari@gmail.com

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