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Personal Mastery And Organizational Performance

Personal mastery is not something you can accomplish overnight.

It is not just going beyond what you can do with your skills and talents. Personal mastery is how you understand and direct your life.

For an organization to succeed, each person member of the organization has to be part of the organization purpose and make it their own personal purpose.

When each member of the organization adapts the organization purpose as their purpose, personal and organization growth increases.

Imagine the power of an organization whose member believe and are committed to one idea? This is the deepest commitment an organization could ever have.

On a “journey” towards personal mastery, you are in search for your life direction and purpose. You are aware of your personal weaknesses and strength, responsible for your actions and accept who you are.

Followers of personal mastery are capable of accepting the harsh realities and learn to adapt with the changes happening in their surroundings. Those who have high level of personal mastery are able to commit into their lives and see themselves as part of the whole.

These people when combined with the members of the group or an organization, can influence others to have the same thought. They can influence but not control.

Since they are grounded to reality, they can objectively identify the areas where improvements are needed in the organization. They become a part of the system and see themselves as part of the holistic development of the organization.

Not only do people with high level pf personal mastery able to influence others, their commitment could also be an example and they could also take on leadership in the organization.

Effective managing is one of the necessary methods that can be performed to help other organization members to commit into the organization’s purpose. Simple act like coaching and counseling can be a great help for promoting personal growth.

Personal mastery also helps organization members to step out of the box or their comfort zones. Some organization leaders are not comfortable would this idea sometimes, especially if the activities in the comfort zone are those that have produced success. But stepping out of the comfort zone strips people of the self-imposed limitations.

Personal mastery is about expressing your talents and yourself in creative manner.

Growth and development are the concepts encouraged by personal mastery. When organization members are working to attain personal mastery, their personal vision clears and starts getting fulfilled.

There are changes that can happen when organization members work for personal mastery like easy resolution even in hard issues and cases, teams and groups work easily even if they do not belong in the same department and accomplishments is starting to be common in the organization.

An organization can help their members to attain personal mastery, there are training’s, consultancy and coaching which can be provided to individuals, teams and even to the whole organization.

Training and consultations could include self-leadership, stress- management, well-being, emotional and social intelligence and other related disciplines.

Dealing with these different aspects would surely improve the organization performance. Organizations should capitalize on their most important asset, their people.

Organization members who have attained personal mastery would understand the organization’s strategy, how their own actions contribute to their colleague’s and superior’s performance, and how their tasks in part of the whole performance.

Body Language for Confidence

There are many different things that will both influence your confidence and also be influenced by your confidence.

Confidence is often a somewhat circular subject matter and this can often make it hard to know where to start.

This is the case with body language. Being confident gives you better body language. But having better body language also makes you more confident!

What Does Confident Body language Look Like?
Confident body language basically involves looking relaxed and calm.

Many of us assume that confident body language will necessarily involve looking menacing or intimidating, but the reality is that this makes us look defensive.

Likewise, attempting to look aloof or cool will simply make you look like a try hard. Remember the kids at school who smoked in their leather jackets and were just kind of tragic?

Being truly confident means you have nothing to prove, it means you aren’t overly concerned what other people think and it means you’re able to relax because you feel threatened.

For instance, while some people might think that having their arms crossed makes them seem aloof and indifferent, the reality is that it makes them look guarded and uncertain.

In contrast, if you have your arms apart and your legs apart, you are allowing yourself to be vulnerable.

This instantly makes you seem far more confident because you aren’t concerned about threat from others and because you’re allowing yourself to take up lots of space!

Look comfy and you look calm. Look calm and you appear confident!

More Signs of Confidence
There are other signs that you are confident that go beyond comfort of course.

One example is the subtle indication of ownership.

There are many ways you can subtly imply ownership but the most common is touching.

If you learn against a doorway, or if you put your arm across the back of the sofa, it creates the impression that you feel almost as though you own that thing.

That’s why leaning on a wall or door frame is a surefire way to communicate a lot of self-confidence.

The same actually goes for touching people.

And this is why touching someone on the shoulder can make you seem much more confident – especially if it is done in an encouraging and non-threatening way.

Remember though: body language is best read as a whole.

It’s not so much a matter of each individual aspect of your body language that will convey a sentiment as it is the entire package.

Personal Mastery And Leadership

It is also a responsibility of a leader to be a role model.

How can leaders be great role models?

Personal mastery can help individuals be a better person and also help leaders become role models. According to Peter Senge, “The core to leadership strategy is simple: to be a model. Commit yourself to your own personal mastery.”

Personal mastery helps an individual to acquire self-knowledge and at the same time promote self-development and growth.

Personal mastery helps an individual to develop the following characteristics:

  • Understanding the direction of their life and therefore the direction of their group or organization
  • Recognize reality and remain grounded on it.
  • Think creatively and out of the box.
  • They understand and work with change.
  • They view themselves to be a part of the whole system and feel connected to others.
  • They understand that they could influence others but are impossible to control them.

It is important for a leader to understand the vision and the mission of the organization. A leader who has achieved personal mastery would be able to identify the methods on how to effectively achieve the organization’s goals.

Personal mastery helps a person identify what are their guiding values and their goals.

Personal mastery allows people to deal with change. Change is one thing constant in this world.

Leaders and organizations should be open to change. Accepting that change is inevitable prepares leaders and organizations to also change their methods to be able to achieve their goals.

Personal mastery allows a leader to develop characteristics that would help them deal with difficult situations and pressures. It also helps a leader to understand and deal with the team members’ weaknesses and strengths.

Effective leaders should understand how to give feedback and criticisms without sounding as if to chastise the person. The intention behind providing feedback is giving support, it is never intended to be an order or to control the person.

Personal mastery helps individuals develop an effective way of managing their emotions. This would help leaders when they are giving criticisms, they would learn to respond instead of reacting.

Personal mastery instills integrity, authenticity and confidence in a leader. These are the characteristics which would help a leader to have a clear vision and at the same clearer and more decisive action.

Personal mastery could increase the potential of a leader. Business leaders have been testifying that stepping towards personal mastery can provide changes in the leadership, performance and have decisive and significant results.

It is important to get back to the basics. The core for an organization and business success relies on human capital. A leader should think that he or she is capable of influencing change.

The benefits of personal mastery for leadership have broad and deep effects. Its effects can also be felt for a long time.

There are countless leaders who have testified that undergoing personal mastery programs have enabled them to maintain balance in their lives and at the same time shape them into becoming effective leaders.

There are great benefits if all the members of the team would undergo transformation because of the personal mastery program.

Personal Mastery And Effective Communication

Success is not only dependent on your own skill, proper attitude and effective communication are also important contributing factors.

Personal and career mastery can help a person a lot in improving their growth and development and succeed in the chosen field.

Effective communication is not determined by how well we speak in front of many people or how well we write documents, effective and good communication relies on how well people have understood us and how well we have expressed ourselves.

They say that communication is the most important source of power. Many businesses and organizations almost collapsed because of many failures due of the poor communication between business executives and employers.

To achieve effective communication, it is important to increase and attain personal mastery. To increase personal mastery would mean changing your attitude and perspective. It is important for leaders and organizations to maintain openness to engage their colleagues, employees and customers.

Communication is an important part of relationship building. The most important relationship is our relationship with our inner self. Therefore, communication with the inner self should be maintained. How we communicate with our inner self determine how we communicate with others.

Positive thinking and reinforcement would help us deal with difficulties better. For example, if we believe something then those beliefs can either limit or be beneficial for us. A positive inner dialogue would project a more positive and supportive communication with others.

An example of maintaining effective communication is giving feedbacks or constructive criticisms. We should develop effective feedback. We should give and receive criticisms openly. Aside from that, when giving feedbacks we should take into consideration our emotions.

Dealing and taking care of emotions is one of the methods that personal mastery can achieve. Aside from that, personal mastery also helps an individual to look at things objectively.

Effective communication with the help of personal mastery can assist with the following:

• Effective problem solving. Since you would be able to communicate to your employers and co-employees about the real issues and problems, this can lead to a deeper understanding of the problem. A deeper understanding could lead to quicker and more effective problem solving.
• Effective leadership. For a leader to set direction and influence the team and the organization, he or she should be able to develop better communication with them. Criticisms should be given as a form of suggestion and should be served as support not as chastisement.
• Effective planning. Planning involves understanding the mission, vision, and the goal of an individual, department or organization. Planning should be guided by the guiding principles of the group. However, people may have different approach to everything, it is important to properly communicate with each other to create and draw up an effective plan.
• Effective organizational development. Personal mastery is not only about personal and professional development and growth. An improvement in the personal and professional path of a person can have significant effects on the improvement of the group or organization.

Personal mastery helps a person develop themselves and be able to interact effectively with other people. It could actually help you become successful in life.

The great thing about personal mastery is that helps an individual develop a healthy communication with their inner self and at the same reflect this changes on how they interact with others.

The application of personal mastery in a person’s life can make dramatic and great changes.

If We Can Figure Out What Really Matters, Maybe We Can Find our Passion

A majority of us confess to experiencing a disconnection between having a job and doing what we are really passionate about. Many of us are experiencing irregular sleeping habits, stress, and left wondering what really matters in our lives.

Since our work is not just an eight-hour interruption in our day and we spend most of our waking hours on it. Either on the job, prepping for it, or trying how to figure out how to get to the next level.

It’s important to start finding our passion and incorporating it in our jobs. Whether you like it or not, we are affected by the choices we make in our jobs. In fact that job was our first major choice.

Many of us land at our first job through mysterious ways. Recruited in college, took over family business, or discharged from the military. For me after graduating from college and two weeks of bliss my mother told me, very eloquently I may add, that is was time to get a job. Oh and by the by, go here and apply, Mrs., Church Lady from church’s son can get you a job. What could I was still living at home at the time.

So I went down and took what I called at that time; a dummy test at a major corporation. I passed, had an Interview and started as an entry-level trainee. Mrs. Church Lady’s son didn’t know me from the preacher’s daughter. Anyway that’s another story.

How we act at work is often the most documented record of who we are, what we stand for, and what we believe, from our employers perspective anyway. Or better yet other perceptions of who we are, based on how we’ve interacted with them in our professional environment. Hum!

For us to know what really matters and is important for us, we need to discover the secret. The what i[‘’ call the who, what, when, where, and how of finding joy, serenity, and fulfillment in our life.

Firstly, we must find ourselves! Many of us already know what really matters to us, but we are conflicted with priorities of this chaos we call life, that restrict us from following our lifelong dreams. I personally feel that, if we want to find our passion we must let our hearts be our guide.

We can never get back the time you we’ve spent so far. Time is our most precious non-renewable treasure we have.

Every day we are asked to make thousands of choices that defines who you are. Finding the choices that really matter to us can hopefully help us not to waste this most precious commodity. So we must choose wisely!

Be aware and clear. Know and claim the choices that lead us to our passion. If we want to live our lives to the fullest, we need the courage to be true to our passion and find the opportunities that gives us the ability to do that.

Follow your heart and dreams and strive on finding your passion. When we do this, hopefully we can experience a transformation leap of knowing ourselves and our connection to the universe.

Each of us has a unique final discovery of our passion, but that discovery truly determines who we want to be.

Maybe these can help;
Who influenced you the most?
Who do you feel is most important to you?
Why was your greatest experience so great?
What made your worst experience so bad?
What do you feel is the most important thing missing from your life right now?
What lesson has served you best throughout your career?
What message has been bouncing inside your head for the past year or longer?
The answers to some of these questions may help us re-find our passion.

 

Passion

Personal Mastery And Improving Your Life

There are a lot of people who have recently discovered personal mastery as a method that could improve their way of life and deepen their perspective and outlook.

What is personal mastery and how can it improve your life?

Personal mastery is about deepening our understanding and expanding our perspective about life.  Personal mastery develops vision, energies and enables us to determine what direction we are taking in our life.

People who have achieved personal mastery testified that they would feel a positive change in their life.

There are different benefits an individual may gain from personal mastery:
  • Clear decision making – since an individual who has attained personal mastery has gained clear vision on their purpose and their mission in life, decision making would be easy and at the same clear for them.
  • Strong creative leadership – personal mastery develops strong leadership. Personal mastery can develop a person’s communication skills and confidence as a leader. Effective leaders also need to manage their emotions and not let their emotions get in the way of making judgement.
  • Increased emotion intelligence – mastering our emotions could be difficult at times especially during period of difficult and challenging times. Coaching and counselling could improve how an individual develops and masters their emotions.
  • Improved work life balance – those who have attained personal mastery testified that they can see a significant effect on how they have handled their life. What’s good with personal mastery is that you can implement this even in your career and interpersonal relationship.
  • Reduced stress levels – since personal mastery deals with understanding reality and weaknesses, it can result to lower stress levels. Aside from that, personal mastery also helps an individual accept change and be flexible about it. This could help a person deal with stress and  reduce it.

Personal mastery can even help you let go of bad habits and behavior.  For example, personal mastery can help you get over with smoking or alcoholic addiction.  You do not only address the habit but deals with the reason why you have started the habit in the first place.  The difference is when you only address the habit, it is possible for it to come back again.  But when you tackle the issues behind the habit, it would make you stop the habit altogether.

One of the great things about personal mastery is that it can be applied whether you want to improve your career, leadership or your organization.

Personal mastery can even help you with career, whether you would like to change your path or would like to improve your performance in the current career you are in.

Business organizations have cited different benefits when their leaders and their members have achieved personal mastery. Studies and statistics showed that companies and business organization were able to think creatively about resolving issues.

Personal mastery is also able to bring out the best from the employees and also able to have higher staff retention.  Employers also comment on the strong relationship among the workers, personal mastery could encompass teams, departments and even workers and senior relationship.  Business statistics also showed that personal mastery showed an increase in productivity, profit and customer service performance.

Personal mastery, contrary to what it literally means, is not just for your own person. Improving yourself could mean a lot, you are a part of a whole (another personal mastery key principle).  Your improvement can influence others and eventually change the world into something better.

 

Personal Mastery And Your Kids

Why is it important to teach personal mastery to your children?

Our children nowadays are the next generation.  They will be facing a future that could hold immense possibilities and opportunities.  But even with this bright future waiting for them, there is also a sad future waiting, a future where uncertainties and materialism can be prevalent.

How can we prepare our children to face this kind of future?

It is beneficial to teach children a set of values and attitudes that are good for the family.  Helping children develop personal mastery at an early age will help them have a mindset and develop habits that could be an instrument for their success in the future.

Personal mastery will help an individual to develop skills and behavior that will help them deal with difficult circumstances.

Personal mastery enables an individual to understand the strengths and weaknesses of other people and deal with their emotions.  Aside from this, personal mastery encourages thinking outside the box and ability to take responsibility for their life.

These attitudes would be very beneficial for our kids.  Personal mastery can also help children develop confidence grounded on reality, different from arrogance, live life and inspire other people and the world.

How can we start teaching our children about personal mastery?

We could start teaching our kids early, with the current environment, the chances that our kids would get affected by depression, anxiety, physical and mental health problems are also high.

Attitude changes attained through personal mastery are not innate.  It is important our kids learn to keep their self-confidence and stay positive to be able to fulfil their dreams.

Start with telling your children about the facts of life-like failure.  You could share your own failures and disappointments.  To help children deal with anger and frustration, you can start letting them know that failing is part of achieving big dreams.

When you share experiences about failing something, make sure that they see the point that you continued with your dreams even if you failed once.

It is okay for your children to experience setbacks and unwanted outcomes.  Personal mastery is about being grounded to reality and dealing with difficult situations.

This experience will help your children understand how to deal with their emotions.  Do not try to interfere too much, provide breathing and learning space for them.

For children to be successful adults, they need to be able to face challenged independently.  Children need to know that setbacks and anxiety can be normal, but they are there for them to overcome.

It would also be helpful if they would be able to identify themselves as a part of a whole.  Encouraging them to participate in extracurricular activities and team activities would help them develop their methods of interacting with peers and seniors.

But if they have joined groups and extracurricular activities, do not interfere or even provide your opinion.  Let them talk about it, like how they feel about being part of the team, how could they help or interact with each other.

But otherwise, keep the opinions to yourself.

When teaching your children about personal mastery, do not teach them as if it is a lecture.

It would be less effective if you ask them to sit down and take down notes.

Introduce the concepts gradually and in different ways. You can introduce it while talking over dinner and family activities.

Children would absorb them easily since they are integrated in their daily lives and it becomes natural learning.

 

Personal Mastery Why Bother?

Do we fully understand how important it is to develop our skills, know our strengths and weaknesses in able to deal with our own personal growth and development?

When we know and develop personal mastery, we may be able to listen to ourselves and ideally obtain balance in our life. Well, if you’re like me, you don’t know and haven’t developed personal mastery.

So why bother? What’s in it for me?

In theory personal mastery can enable us to manage our energy levels and put more fun back into our lives. Remember Fun? It can help change our vision of life. It can even make us a happier person and fun to be around. Wouldn’t that be a pleasant change? If think you don’t you need to be a happier person and more fun to be around, ask somebody close to you.

For some of us it can be the beginning of a personal vision. But, that’s a topic for another post.

In able to obtain personal mastery, there are principles that can be a guide for us on our quest for growth and maturity. Principles behind personal mastery are actually fundamental concepts that are essential when building professional, social and spiritual relationships.

A principle behind personal mastery is understanding that what happens in our lives is based on our own choices and not from anybody else. We should take responsibility for what has happened in our life. Therefore, decisions about our lives should be made by our own will. We have to know our strength and weaknesses.

In personal mastery, the internal change we make now is actually more important than what has happened to us in the past. For the record we CAN’T change the past!

The only rule: YOU HAVE TO GET PAST THE PAST! Otherwise you energies are spent on things you CAN NOT CHANGE. Their done. LET THEM GO! Oh! If it were only so easy.

Personal mastery is also based on reality. It is important for searchers to spend time and energy in things that can be controlled, like the present and the future. It is important to let go of reactive attitudes like resentment, complaint, blame and just wishful thinking.

Avoiding the trap of someday I’ll be great, successful, and happy ya know. When I bet if we took the time to reflect, we have it now.

Hopefully, this will enable us to change how we think, feel and behave.

Having a clear vision of what we want and what we have to do to achieve it. Having a clear definition of success are also principles behind personal mastery.

With a vision we can identify our goals and the steps necessary to attain our goals. Then it is time to translate them into action.

If we can attain personal mastery we should be able to raise our self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-responsibility.

What it great about personal mastery is that we can recognize that we are part of a system. We know that we are able to contribute and influence through our creative ideas. While realizing that controlling the situation or the system is impossible, we’re less likely to stress over it.

Personal mastery is something that does not happen as an accident or overnight. It requires hard work, courage, perseverance, discipline and reinforcements. It also takes faith in ourselves.

Those of us who are on the path to personal mastery should often times attend training’s, seminars, coaching and counseling sessions to make sure that what we have learned in personal mastery is not  lost again in the midst of selfishness and materialism.

Or as some would say Pay It Forward!

These principles may help searchers on their path:
• Learning how to deal with difficult and challenging situations.
• Isolating positive behaviors and feelings and working on them.
• Accepting the difficult and harsh realities of life.
• Let go of negatives like resentment and blame. (Easier said than done!)
• Understand the importance and freedom that comes with responsibility.
• Setting goals for yourself. (No easy task. See future post.)
• Identify your principles in life.
• Prioritize what is more important to you.
• Make a commitment.
• Develop self-confidence and self-esteem
• Accept imperfection and build on one’s strength.
• Feel the connection between oneself to others.
• Develop an inquisitive mind.
• Adapt and work with change.
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This should be the application of the vision, values and principles that we choose to follow.

Personal mastery can help us all understand that life is full of opportunities for expanding our vision, skills, and prosperity.

Thanks,
Pablo

Procrastination

Accepting You to Improve Your Personal Life

Do you have the ability to accept the things you can change and the things you cannot change?

Do you accept that you are who you are, regardless of what others think? Can you accept the many changes that take place in your life?

If you answered yes to one or all of these questions, then you are off to the start of improving your personal life.

If you are willing to accept, that you have the ability to laugh, even when something is not funny. For instance, if someone pushed you, you could stand back and laugh. The push is only a threat to your emotion, which you will see, accept and find a way to gain control of the situation.

When you can accept things in life, you find a way to take control. When you are in control, it helps you to see how you can improve your personal life. When you learn to accept you will learn to discover you.

Individuality is personal, yet philosophers over generalize this subject. Many people in the world believe that when we act the same way at all times, we have established our identity. That’s incorrect!

We have emotions, thoughts, behaviors, and have been plagued by a world of influences both good and bad. Each day we see and feel something new, which causes our personality to reflect on these changes.

Therefore, when we see someone laughing one minute and crying the next, we are seeing a shift in emotions, which is a normal pattern of identity for this person.

We live in a world that desensitizes us.

We are surrounding by billions of influences on television, in the media, on radio, at home, in government, school, and so forth. Each to their own, but everyone is judging someone at some time, which is something we have to accept.

We cannot change these people’s behaviors and way of thinking, but we can change ours.

This is a part of learning and accepting. The best way around this world is to become our own influence and allow other influences to make someone else’s life miserable.

Only rely on sources that prove truthful with their actions, behaviors and words. Positive reflections are the key to living happier.

Once you learn to accept you will be eager to laugh. For instance, if someone makes you mad you will see the humor in his or her actions. You may see the humor in your actions if you make the mistake and feed into their stupidity.

Once you start to see the humor in life, you will feel better inside. We are involved in an unruly world filled with greedy people, envious souls, lusty tigers, and so on.

We have to learn how to work around these people, accept us and move on. Once you learn to change to a better you, other people may follow. Good conduct has proven far more effective than words to encourage others to change.

As you grow you will feel a new hunger, and that hunger will guide you to discover new ways to better you. In time as you start to feel better, you will see a need to exercise, eat right, and hang out with positive influences and so on. Once you feel this hunger, you will feel inspired to labor to achieve your goals.

 

Stress And Personal Mastery

Stress is an emotional and physical response that we show towards different pressures from the workplace, school and other institutions.

Stress reactions would include inability to focus, concentrate, headache and fast heartbeat.

Almost everybody develops stress, but how we deal with it is important. Personal mastery is something that can be done to help deal with stress.

When overcoming stress with personal mastery, it is important to recognize first the stress in a present force in whatever career we choose. But stress can be dealt with.

The work environment can be a major stressor, but this is something which you may not be able to control. But instead of trying to control the work environment, you can try to work out of it. You can take one step at a time towards your goals.

The question is, how do you work around stress?

You can reduce the risk of stress by seeing things in a new perspective. What are examples of these perspectives? An example would be learning to let go of situations where cannot have any control over it.

Stressing over things which we cannot control should be transformed instead to positive energy. You can just focus our energy to other things which we can control.

Personal mastery also helps you to be familiar with our emotions and learn how to control them. This attitude could also help a lot in overcoming and managing stress. There are things which we can change, while there are things that are beyond our control.

Actually there are simple steps and tips that we can do to deal with stress. Failing to deal with stress during its starting stage can eventually lead to chronic stress.

Chronic stress is one of the reasons for frequent headaches, ulcers, indigestion, high blood pressure and heart issues.

• Saying no to commitments that would require time and energy.
• Regular exercises, especially stretching and breathing exercises.
• Meditation
• Eating healthy food
• Asking help from other people to lessen the burden.

To deal with stress, you can reduce the stressors in your life to avoid feeling the effects of stress. Aside from stress reduction, you can also stress prevention.

Stress prevention removes the possibility of stress to happen. With these two methods, it is important to identify which emotions are attitudes stressors or what really irritates you the most. You can isolate those attitudes and learn how to react to those stressors.

You have to know and understand your limits. After understanding your limits, you would have to learn how to say no. As you learn your limitations, you can easily accept whatever other people say to you.

Succeeding with personal mastery will help you to work and focus your mind and spirit on your quality of life and other things. You’ll be able to remove stress and encourage peace, tranquility and spirituality within our lives. We can incorporate stress reduction and prevention in our daily lives.

With personal mastery, we change our entire outlook and perspective in life that guides us to avoid anything that could stress and wear Us out.