INTROTOPERSONAL

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Introduction to Personal Development

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  • Are you in the best shape you can be mentally, physically and emotionally? To run a successful business you need to ensure that you spend time working on your own personal development.
  • Use this section of the website to work on creating a better work/life balance.
  • Too many people spend their time being busy being busy. Stop the cycle with our proven time management tips and tools.
  • Maximise your achievements with our tools for goal setting and self-leadership. Understand that the best way to predict the future is to create it.
  • Learn skills and techniques that will help you to work with your team for effectively.

When we were designing the Absolute Best site we thought it was essential to include a section on personal development.  We believe in order to achieve business success the leader of the business needs to do everything possible to ensure they are the best possible shape, physically, emotionally and mentally.  Honing your personal skills in time management, goal setting and self leadership will enable you to not only achieve more personally but also to help your team achieve to higher levels.  This section of the site will provide you with the knowledge and tools to ensure that you are moving forward as a person and that each day, week, month and year is better than the last.

Work/life balance

There is a lot written about work/life balance and how important it is.  In small business often your work is your life and it is sometimes hard to switch off and achieve any sort of balance at all.  It is very unusual to find a small business owner who works a 9 – 5 day and you will find many who do some type of work on their business 7 days a week.  We do not believe that there is any real right or wrong in terms of the number of hours that you work, however, it is important that you structure your week for some down time either for yourself or with family and friends.

We hear you!  It is not as easy as you think!  We understand better than most the unique challenges that an owner of a small business faces and we agree achieving a work/life balance takes some patience and re-training.  The important thing to remember is that for most of us it is not about working harder that will bring us better results but working smarter.  For example many business owners will tell us they do not have time to exercise, yet we know that it is proven that if you do some form of regular exercise your productivity will actually increase and you will be able to achieve more in less time.  Use our series of articles on time management to enhance your effectiveness allowing you to fit in some time for you or your loved ones.

Goal setting

A famous quote from Abraham Lincoln tells us “the best way to predict your future is to create it”.  In business we set strategy and do business plans in an attempt to create the future for our business but often we forget about doing the same for ourselves.  Creating a personal business plan is just as important as doing one for the business.  We often see business owners who are working hard at their business only to have things go off track because they become ill or their personal situation alters dramatically.  Use the tools in our personal development section to ensure that you have set personal goals and that you are focused on the things that matter in your life.

Time management

Time is the one constant on earth.  Whatever happens we all have just 24 hours every day. The difference between us is that some of us maximise the time, making every minute count and others squander it letting the days turn into weeks and months without achieving much at all.  The great thing is that how we use our 24 hours or 1440 minutes is almost always within our control.  Have you ever heard someone say “well that is an hour of my life I will never get back!”  Say it to yourself every time you waste an hour because that person is right time is one thing we can never get back.  Now we are not saying that you cannot relax, some rest and play time should be factored into everyone’s day or week.  What we do want you to do is to make your time as effective and productive as possible.  Use our tips to ensure that you are working on what is important and that you are not getting caught in the trap a lot of business owners do of being busy being busy but not achieving a result consummate to the effort.

The owner of a business will be the most influential person to the end result so it is essential that you take the time to work on your personal development alongside working on the business.  Use this section of the website to work on developing a clear plan for your future, set some goals that offer some rewards for your hard work and work to ensure that you create a work/life balance that works best for you and those around you.

Complimentary personal development articles to get you started

Introduction to time management

Individual SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats)

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