Dec 30, 2009

Is there a personal improvement process?

SelfNew year is always time for resolutions. And most resolutions are around improving some aspect of life. But given that many a resolution get forgotten by the middle of January, I need to ask; is there a proven approach for sticking to resolutions? for self improvement?

Though I am not an ardent reader of self improvement literature, I am sure most of the self improvement 'gurus' and books provide some sort of an guidance to establish and implement an improvement approach. But, how prespcreptive can then get? How comprehensive can they be?

For one looking for a 'process' or a step by step approach to self improvement I can think of Covey's Seven Habits. From establishing overall goals, thinking of one as performing multiple roles and planning actions Covey probably provides a thought through step by step approach to self improvement.

Manyother 'step by step' approaches, I have come across, typically focus on time management or personal efficiency improvement .They talk more about time allocation planning,files management etc etc

In my profession, there is this concept of 'personal software process" [Humphrey].This talks about how a software programmer can plan-do-check and act as an approach to improve his/her productivity.

Is there an equivalent 'self improvement process"?

1 comment:

  1. Dear Habeeb,

    This is a definitely a great start to a topic that the Top HR Consultants will be eager to respond.

    However, comimg from within and based on my professional experience, Self Improvement Process is a continuous activity where potentially all the principles of Process Improvements and beyond are applicable. Personally, I have always treated the A-PDCA cycle for self improvement. Thus, by incorporating the "A" that stands for "Accept" a threat; challenge; discomfort and all those negatives that one encounters as we pass through life,I have always seeked for the 'opportunity' that becomes the 'driver' [outcome focus] for self improvement. The PDCA is then the familiar part, although, the effort is to achieve the 'driver' and while improving it, keep on looking for the next bigger "A" [motivation to move ahead].

    Thanks Habeeb for starting on this topic as it will be great to hear more from the larger 'bloggers' community'.