There’s no separation between professional and personal growth development. In fact, they are the same thing! When you decide to focus in on how you think and act in the world, you can realize how the process intercepts all avenues of life. So one key question you can stop and ask yourself today is: “What am I waiting for?”
This question pertains to the big dreams that have lingered in your mind for months or years, but which you haven’t yet taken action to achieve. You could also ask that question in relation to big changes in your personal life that you know are necessary or even inevitable.
What about the mile-long bucket list with not a single adventure checked off? And the raise that you know you deserve but haven’t yet asked for, the MBA program that you would love to apply for, or the amazing vacation that you would love to enjoy with someone special?
If you have unfulfilled dreams or simply know that you were put on this earth to accomplish and enjoy more, it’s time to dig deep and identify what is holding you back. You are the only person with the power to align your life to your deepest passions and your most exciting dreams. If you wake up in the morning feeling that there must be more to life, it’s time to hold yourself accountable and start taking action.
That action starts with personal development, and there are five things that you can do right now to spark incredible personal and professional growth:
1. Make yourself a priority. Putting everyone else first will drain your energy and leave you too exhausted for self-development. Put your health, wellness, and growth first, and you’ll have more to give others.
2. Identify obstacles and excuses that have been holding you back from doing more with your life. A 30-minute free journaling or brainstorming session is often enough to dig beyond the surface excuses and get to the big issues that hold you back. Set a time and start writing.
3. Commit to rising above your own excuses. Every successful
person has to identify and overcome their own weaknesses in order to achieve
greatness. This is often a matter of seeing your own excuses and overcoming
4. Don’t linger on your weaknesses. It’s important to acknowledge them and commit to overcoming them, but you want to focus your mind on your strengths and the things that light you up with passion.
5. Find the intersection between your personal passions and your professional world. The greatest success stories often come from people who turn things that they love into thriving businesses or careers.
Are there ways to use your personal hobbies and life passions to improve your communication skills, boost your self-confidence, or manage stress from your job? If so, then there are ways to enhance your life through things that you love.
Finally, don’t limit your personal growth and development to books or courses that an organization requires you to take. There are some amazing professional and personal development programs that you can take on your own. In fact, these are the programs that you will benefit from the most because you do them based on your own inspiration for growth.
Personal growth should never be something that you do out of obligation or professional duty. You will reach the depths of your true potential when you take action to make big things happen in your own life, which will reflect all other domains of work, relationships, and leisure. If you know that you’re not yet living the dream life…what are you waiting for?
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