Personal and professional development is an area in which everyone needs to improve. The most successful people continually strive to improve themselves. Your growth and development carries over in each aspect of your life. There are personal skills that you may learn that will help you in professional situations and vice versa. That is why I use the appropriate circle or wheel to create the clients vision as the starting point in our coaching sessions. No matter how much we would like to, we can’t compartmentalize the different areas of our lives.
Personal and professional development starts with identifying the areas in which you want to excel but currently are not. Take a long look at where you are now and where you want to be. This is the first step in personal and professional development. Then, discuss your goals with your employer. This is a great way to get feedback on areas of your career. It accomplishes two goals. First, it puts your employer on notice that you have goals and ambitions and that you are ready and willing to make changes to accomplish those goals. It also allows you the opportunity to get valuable feedback and possible assistance from your employer. Perhaps there are strategies your boss can recommend and ways that you can improve. This insight can be invaluable to your personal and professional development. One tool that I use is the 360 feedback tool. The client and a few select people score the client (confidentially) on different areas. This provides an honest review of where the client is.
Find ways to accomplish your personal and professional development. This is a great time to look into programs that will help you advance in your career. Courses, motivational classes and coaching will all help you in your professional career and you will also learn valuable tools that will transcend your professional life and help you with your personal life as well. Personal and professional development is a continuing process. Regularly evaluate where you are and where you want to be and make an effort to get there by setting short term goals.
Personal and professional growth can also instill a sense of self worth and increase your self esteem. It may give you the confidence you need to get your client, ask for that raise or apply for a better position. If you are a leader, it also shows that you are serious about your success. The people you lead will see personal and professional growth in you and be more willing to accept your ideas for their growth. You will be leading them by example.
You have to take control of your personal and professional growth. You cannot afford to stay where you are because if you do, others will pass you by. If you are serious about your career, your business, team or life, you will seek out ways to grow.