“All management starts with self-management, which is the definition of intentions, actions taken and the quantifying of those actions.”
Intentional planning leads to intentional outcomes. That is something I remember being taught early on in my teaching career and I’ve held myself to this standard in any role I have had inside and outside the field of education. Self-management is where we effectively and efficiently manage the one thing we can control—ourselves.
It all starts with an idea or plan on how you will behave when certain situations arise. You will be challenged to regulate our emotions, thoughts and actions which, if not well thought out ahead of time, can lead to missteps in the actions that follow causing unnecessary stress for you and those around you.
You need to begin with the end in mind and anticipate what may happen in a given situation (either good or bad) while properly preparing yourself both mentally and emotionally to handle the unexpected. This delicate balance between the mental and emotional sides gives us the power necessary to be in full control of ourselves and our actions. This leads us towards effectively and efficiently managing our stress, controlling our impulses and maintaining a sense of purpose in attaining the personal or work related goal that was originally set. We need to remember its all about the journey and not the destination.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards self management in your own life?