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The Key Influencing Factor in your performance at work is not your skills, your status, your experience. It isn’t even who you know, or who knows you. All these things are important, but there is something fundamental that is required to make all these things attain value. It is your Self-Esteem.
When we feel that we are adding value to our organization and that the value is created as a direct result of ourselves and the collaboration with colleagues, we have a healthy self-esteem. There is a direct link between the results of our performance review and how highly we believe that our work has caused good external results (sales, volume, customer satisfaction, etc – the things that our objectives are measured against).
So it’s no wonder that the people who are seen to perform the best are the people who appear happy, confident, charming and relaxed.
Get this: Some people think that it is the reward of great performance that creates these things in people. But it is the other way around – these things create the great performance.
In fact an acquaintance of mine who considers himself to have experienced some bad luck lately looks at my own personal success and reward as falling into my lap. He is a skeptical, generally negative person who tends to see the bad in things before he looks for the good. He sees the happiness I exhibit being a result of my rewards (e.g. bonuses). It has been tough to explain that one leads to the other, but not in the way he thinks.
Perhaps he is right, to a certain extent (what do you think?) My belief in myself and high self-esteem must have started somewhere – perhaps by encouragement from my parents or a mentor – but the difference between me and him is that I deliberately shift myself into a ‘virtuous cycle’ where every success creates further opportunities to grow, learn and take on new challenges with confidence. My self-esteem is both a cause, and an effect!
I was looking around to see what is available for people who have a nucleus of enlightenment that their own self-esteem can be a cause and effect too, but are not sure how to develop it. The ACE Your Performance Review Crash Course doesn’t really help in that space.
Instead, I found an excellent course on DVD by Jack Canfield (author of Chicken Soup for the Soul, and The Success Principles) who talked me through his ‘proven recipe’ to approach the building of self-esteem. I was on the road for a few days, so I whacked it onto my iPod and off I went. I was totally engaged – mostly because it shares real stories from real people – so it’s easy to relate to it. Especially as Jack Canfield is humble and down-to-earth. There isn’t a shade of consultant-speak (which I abhor!)
It is very inspirational for people on all stages of their enlightened journey.
If you’re ready to take your journey, this is what you’ll learn:
- BUILD YOUR SELF-ESTEEM HIGHER THAN EVER
- CHANGE YOUR RESPONSES TO CHANGE YOUR OUTCOMES
- TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES
- CREATE A VISION AND FIND YOUR PURPOSE
- CREATE MORE BALANCE & LIVE A MORE FULFILLING LIFE
Perhaps the short statements above don’t do it justice…
Jack Canfield – Peak Performance Principles – How to Boost Your Self-Esteem and Discover Your Purpose – Personal Development DVD Training Video