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TM Benefit 2
Self Knowledge

Question-Week ending Sunday 03/30/03:
Please describe how you regard the need for "Self Knowledge" today and in the competitive future ahead of us. Please read our Poll Commentary before taking this poll.

Pre-Poll Commentary:

I hope that you agree with me that Self Knowledge is no longer a luxury for the highly motivated, but is now a necessity to survive in the competitive world we live in. Information and technology changes the way we do things on a daily basis. Our knowledge and skills of last year can become irrelevant this year. Thus, it is everyone's critical responsibility to use Good Time Management to set time aside to educate themselves, or take the risk of becoming yesterday's news.

Last year we conducted some polls, searching into different areas of self education and discovered that time and desire are two factors that kept people from increasing their knowledge and skills. From our poll on audio tape listening, we learned that far too few people take advantage of this great method of increasing self knowledge. The number one excuse for not doing so is always "I just don't have the time." The same results held true regarding our poll on reading magazines for knowledge and lifestyle enhancement. People complain that they just don't have the time. Yet our poll on TV viewing displayed that there is always ample time for this activity. Why is this so?

The answer is directly related to the absence of a plan or a Time Management System. Television fills all the unplanned gaps in our day. It's easy to sit back and relax in front of the TV, or perhaps just doze off and then ruin a good night's sleep. If everyone had pre-planned what they were going to do each night, hours would not be wasted in front of the tube.

When there is a parent-teacher night at your child's school, it's a planned night away from the TV. Well, why not plan to read a book, magazine or listen to a tape. Put it into your PIM. Make it a priority appointment that you will keep. Then plan 30 or 60 minutes to watch only your favorite TV shows instead of wasting the whole night away.

The point here is that everyone can MAKE the time to increase their self knowledge, if they know and experience the benefits. The choices are all up to you. In this week's poll please describe how you regard the need for "Self Knowledge" today and in the competitive future ahead of us. This poll will end on Sunday 03/30/03, when the results will be displayed.

1. 63% voted- Self Knowledge is Absolutely Essential today
2. 34% voted- Self Knowledge is Very Important today
3. 03% voted- Self Knowledge is Important today
4. 00% voted- Self Knowledge is Not Very Important today
5. 00% voted- Self Knowledge is Not Necessary today
6. 00% voted- Self Knowledge is A Waste of Time

Post-Poll Commentary:
The results of this poll suggest that our respondents have a consensus opinion about the need to increase One's Self Knowledge. In the last few years, we have watched many of our top corporations shift professional job positions overseas to emerging countries. With all corporations looking to cut costs in order to satisfy their demanding quarterly results, hundreds of thousands of science, engineering as well as backroom service jobs have gone to the citizens of Asia and India. The compensation levels are mere fractions of what they are in the United States.

I believe that American workers need to constantly upgrade their knowledge and skills to become as valuable as possible to their companies. They need to be flexible enough to change careers or even consider becoming an entrepreneur if necessary later in life. Studying ones options and learning new skills takes dedicated time to do so. If one does not plan specific times in their weekly schedule for self education and learning new skills, disappointments in the work place can be devastating.

In summary, let's look at some of the benefits for Self Knowledge:

  • Adding to your value as an associate in your company
  • Possible advancement and increased compensation
  • Peace of Mind gained by knowing you are prepared for change
  • Higher self esteem associated with being more knowledgeable
There are many more obvious benefits to continually educate yourself throughout your lifetime. But as with all worthy activities, you need to plan the time and take continuous action to execute your plan. Make your time work for you and pay you big dividends in the future. Strive to be a good planner and time manager.

Master Archives of Polls

Dozen Daily Discipline Poll Topics
Dozen Daily Disciplines Introduction
1-Eating Healthy | 2-Daily Vitamin Supplements | 3-Working Effectively
4-Focused Time with Loved One | 5-Focused Time with Family | 6-Daily Exercise
7-Daily Reading For Education | 8-Daily Audio Learning | 9-Daily Financial Management
10-Sharing With Others | 11-Time for Spirituality | 12-Healthy Sleep Habits

Goal Planning System Topics
Goal Planning System Introduction
Step 1-Belief, Desire | Step 2-Writing Down Goals | Step 3-Benefits & Analysis Step 4-Listing Obstacles | Step 5-Listing Resources | Step 6-Write out a Detailed Plan
Step 7-Execute Passionately & Keep Score

Time Management Series Topics
Strategy and Benefits | TM Benefit 1 Peace of Mind
TM Benefit 2 Self Knowledge | TM Benefit 3 Health & Energy
TM Benefit 4 Loving Relationships | TM Benefit 5 Financial Rewards
TM Benefit 6 Achieving Worthy Goals | TM Benefit 7 Total Personal Fulfillment

Personal Development Opportunities Topics
PDO's Introduction
PDO's Ages 7 to 12 | PDO's Ages 13 to 19 | PDO's Ages 20 to 29
PDO's Ages 30 to 39 | PDO's Ages 40 to 49 | PDO's Ages 50 to 59
PDO's Ages 60 - Over, Plus Summary

Personal Value In The Marketplace (PVIM) Topics
PVIM Introduction
PVIM Evaluation | PVIM Increasing Your Value | PVIM Preparing And Planing Early
PVIM Start Improving Your Market Value Today!

The Qualities Of Leadership Topics
Honesty | Energy & Passion | Great Listeners | Being Decisive
Being Realistic | Great Communicator | Being Patient | Being Persistent
Being Flexible | Being Persuasive | Being Competent | Being Responsible
Sense of Humor | Great Role Model | Being Creative | Being Compassionate
Being Resourceful | Being Diplomatic | Forgiving | Willing To Take Risks

Positive Moods And Emotions Topics
Acceptance | Affection | Ambition | Anticipation | Attentive | Calmness
Caring | Confidence | Courage | Curiosity | Desire | Determination | Eagerness
Empathy | Enthusiasm | Excitement | Generosity | Gratitude | Happiness
Independence | Joy | Kindness | Love | Loyalty | Patience | Pride | Relaxation
Respect | Satisfaction | Trust

Other Poll Topics Discussed
Poll Index
Aerobic Exercise | Audio Learning | Beaches | Concerts | Cruise Ships
Financial Management | Football Passion | Internet Time | Magazine Reading
Movie Rentals | Music Listening | Nurturing Relationships | Pet Ownership
Photography | Pro Sports | Restaurants | Strength Exercise | Stretching Routine
Theatre | TV Time | Weekend Away


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