Perhaps the most important part of the role that your psychology has in determining your performance and behavior is the impact of your self-esteem in determining everything that happens to you. Self-esteem is the critical determinant of a healthy personality. When you like and respect yourself, you always perform and behave better than if you did not.
The more you like yourself, the more confidence you have. The more you like yourself, the more efficient and effective you are in each area of your life. Self-esteem is the key to peak performance. Your self-esteem is so important to your emotional health that almost everything you do is aimed at either increasing your feelings of self-esteem or protecting it from being diminished by other people or circumstances.
Self-esteem, the feeling of liking and respecting yourself, is the foundation principle of success and happiness.
The actionable part of self-esteem is called “self-efficacy.” This is defined as how effective you feel you are at doing or accomplishing a task or job. When you feel that you are really good at something, you experience positive feelings of self-efficacy.
The more you like yourself, the better you do at almost anything you attempt. And the better you do at something, the more you like yourself. Each feeds on and reinforces the other. This is what makes time management so important for every part of your life. The better you use your time, the more you get done and the higher is your sense of self-efficacy. As a result, you like yourself more, do even higher quality work, and get even more done. Your whole life improves.
Three Self-Esteem Builders
There are three main courses having to do with time management that you can take to improve your self-esteem.
- Determine Your Values. Living a life consistent with your deepest values is essential for you to enjoy high self-esteem. People who are clear about what they believe in and value, and who refuse to compromise their values, like and respect themselves far more than people who are unclear about what is really important to them. The very act of living your life consistent with your values, and using your time effectively and well, improves your self-image, builds your self-esteem and self-confidence, and increases your self-respect. By managing your time well, you actually increase your self-esteem, and by extension, you become better at whatever you are doing.
- Strive for Mastery. The second factor that affects your self-esteem is the sense of being in control of your life and work: your feeling of mastery in whatever you do. Everything that you learn about time management, and then apply in your work, causes you to feel more in control of yourself and your life. As a result, you feel more effective and efficient. You feel more productive and powerful. Every increase in your feeling of effectiveness and productivity increases your self-esteem and improves your sense of personal well-being.
- Know What You Want. The third factor that directly affects your self-esteem is your current set of goals and objectives, and the activities that you take to achieve those goals. The more your goals and your activities are congruent with your values, the better you feel. When you are working at something that you believe in, and which is consistent with your natural talents and abilities, you like yourself more, and you do your work better.
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