and self-improvement are very important for the individual. They are in essence taking charge of your life, relying on yourself
in solving problems, and taking the initiative to improve. It is only emotionally mature individuals who can rely on themselves.
Dependency is childhood. Self-help and self-reliance should however not be taken to the extreme. There are occasions when
you need help and must have networks for providing this help. Refusing to ask for help when needed is a cause of stress and
is not wise.
self-reliance is necessary in order not to be a burden on others and also to assert your self-esteem. However the need to
keep your self-esteem should never make you refuse to seek help when you actually need it.
2.0 PROJECTING A POSITIVE IMAGE
a positive image helps build credibility and leads to success. We are not talking about a phoney image that is discovered
sooner or later with disastrous consequences. The image must be backed up by real achievements. It is better to under promise
but over deliver.
are very strong determinants of behavior. You have to keep away from negative perceptions and cultivate positive ones. Two
individuals looking at the same reality have different perceptions because of their prior life experiences. Always evaluate
yourself. The perceived image may not be the intended image. The difference is crucial.
confidence and self-discipline are ingredients of a positive image. You have to start by discovering your strengths and enhancing
them. You have to acknowledge your weaknesses and compensate for them. A positive image needs maintenance by regular self-evaluation
and taking corrective action where needed. A positive image must be maintained in difficult times; this will require extra
company with people who have a positive self-image will help you develop your own image. Positive thinking is contagious;
it spreads to those around.
communication with others (letter, fax, telephone, and conversation ) is an exercise in image projection. Physical appearance
(clothes, hair, cleanliness) also project image. Dress well but not for arrogance. Good manners, correct etiquette, and sensitivity
enhance the image. Your voice, handshake, smiles, body language, and eye contact can make or unmake your image. Your posture
and manner of walking can tell a lot about you. Solving your personal problems and keeping out of depression, anxiety or stress
help maintain your positive self-image.
ENTREPRENEURIAL ATTITUDEYou need to develop
an entrepreneurial attitude. This requires developing initiative, optimism, and self-confidence in order to bolster your creativity.
Take calculated risks. Look for opportunities and exploit them. Perseverance and determination are necessary for continued