Some people spend their whole lives thinking about how to be successful in life and want to have a happy, healthy life, do meaningful work, and be financially stable but never figure it out. Everybody wants to be noteworthy, positively affect people around him or her and want to accomplish something magnificent with his or her life. Critical self-review, self-management and life-long learning are the keys to be successful in the professional as well as personal life.
Self-review is always a challenging task and many people fail to succeed in this regard due to a lack of self-esteem. At the same time, it is necessary to conduct self-review in order to identify the self-improvement over the course of time along with the problems, weakness and strength of the individual. Critical self-review can be done through the continuous process of self-evaluation, self-monitoring and self-reflection. Self-evaluation is the basic assessment of one’s execution, in which we can do through rounding out self-assessment forms, journalizing, taking examinations, making inquiries, and through discussions. When we evaluate ourselves, we can have a brief detail about what we know, don’t know and able to perceive our own qualities and shortcomings which eventually helps in gaining new knowledge and set the goals that we believe and can do. Self-monitoring is the continuous process of observing one’s task through the detail observations and recordings to pick up the understanding of our quality and shortcomings. Self-reflection is the conscious exploration, analysis, and judgment about one’s experience which eventually helps in problem-solving and a basic reasoning ability. In Dewey’s words critical reflection is an “active, persistent and careful consideration of any belief or supposed form of knowledge in the light of the grounds that support it, and further conclusions to which it leads” (Dewey 1933). Over the span of our lives, we are evaluated by many individuals and in some cases, we may observe that we didn’t get a decent result, or the judgment was one-sided. In any case, when one assesses oneself, there is no extension for any bias and there might be some new parts of our identity that we might be familiar with. It is imperative, in this manner, that we energize the idea of self-assessment in foundations with the goal that each individual gets a genuine opportunity to examine himself.
To lead our life towards the path of success, we need to develop the art of self-management which eventually makes our personal and professional life productive, fruitful and happy. The world’s most prominent pioneers are specialists at self-management. Any position of specialist or duty regarding others expects you to have the capacity to oversee yourself, before overseeing others. Self-management is defined through six competencies which are self-control, transparency, adaptability, achievement, initiative, and optimism (Daniel Goleman and his co-authors, 2015). This can be calibrated as in order to acquire self-management skill, we must have control over our emotions, maintain trustworthiness act harmoniously with one’s qualities, adaptability in taking care of progress, readiness in improving to meet the standard of perfection, readiness, and persistence to grab opportunities notwithstanding obstacles and problems. “Learning is not a product of schooling but the lifelong attempt to acquire it” (Albert Einstein). Life-long learning is the continuous process of developing skills and knowledge for the duration of the life of a person. The primary characteristic of life-long learning is that it incorporates both formal and non-formal/informal education and training. Formal learning incorporates the progressively organized educational system that keeps running from grade school through the college and sorted out school-like projects made in business for specialized and proficient preparing. While informal learning depicts a long-lasting procedure whereby people secure attitudes, qualities, abilities and information from the environment, daily activities, family and work. It not just upgrades social incorporation, active citizenship and self-awareness yet in addition competitiveness and employability. It encourages individuals to accomplish different objectives, such as taking a functioning part in civic life, leading to a more sustainable lifestyle, and enhancing their well-being and prosperity. It likewise benefits society, by lessening wrongdoing and encouraging community activities (Dunn, E., 2003). Globalization and the development of the quick changing learning economy imply that individuals require updating their abilities all through their adult lives to adapt to present-day life, both in their work and in their private lives. Nowadays, there is an increasingly important basic skill in the ever-changing technological universe: the ability to learn and adapt to the needed new skills and training (OECD, 2007).
Self-assessment is a vital device for the constant personal development of an individual. During my internship program, the employee of my company used to give a review sheet paper to fill up the achievements and what I have learned or done in a daily basis from which I can easily do self-evaluation and the manager can also give feedback for the improvement. In this way, self-review helped me a lot to know about my personal development.
Effective self-management and self-assessment have a huge impact on the professional work. To be successful in professional work, everybody must develop the skills and attitudes about figuring out how to deal with your responsibilities and time; developing the inspiration and capacity to learn new things all alone in the work; and constructing and sustaining own personal network Robert Kelley, 1998. Long-life learning is a persistently strong process which invigorates and enables people to procure all the information, qualities, aptitudes and understanding they will require all through their lifetimes and to apply them with certainty, inventiveness and delight in all parts, conditions and environment. It is seen as including all techniques that are set up to made open doors for individuals to learn all through life. It, in this manner, ought to be a procedure of conscious persistent learning that goes all through life and coordinated towards giving both the individual needs and that of the relevant society, that won’t just create people to end up capable to themselves and their societies, however comprehend and involve effectively at all levels of their social orders (Abukari, A., 2004).