Do you feel as if you’ve got too much on your plate to focus on personal development and growth? Do your professional commitments overshadow everything, meaning you’re too caught up in the flow of meetings, projects, travel, and other duties to focus on your own goals? If so, it’s time to take stock.
Ironically, if you sacrifice personal development, you risk your growth and career. Conversely, professionals who focus on personal development acquire new skills and abilities which help them to remain relevant in fast-growing markets. If you continue to grow, it will help you move forward in your career. These free personal development tests will help you identify the areas of your career in which there’s room for improvement. In this article, Psychology Today explains personal development and how to implement it well. Here’s how it will prove to be of enormous benefit to you:
- You’ll be Aware of Your Strengths and Weaknesses
Personal development requires you to look deep into yourself and focus on self-awareness. Through this process, you understand your strengths and weaknesses and can plan accordingly. For example, you can use your strengths to work more efficiently and take on projects or tasks you know you’ll excel in. If you’re aware of your weaknesses, you’ll be better able to correct them. You’ll also delegate work you’re not skilled in, to people in your team who can handle it. This will help improve your company’s productivity.
- You’ll Have Better Relationships with Your Co-Workers and Subordinates
People who focus on personal development are confident and centred. They are more willing to listen to input from their co-workers and help them handle challenges. Self-awareness will also tell you a lot about how you handle your professional and personal relationships. You’ll recognise your bad habits and learn to check yourself if you slip-up.
For example, if you have a tendency to be aggressive and confrontational, self-awareness will help you control the urge and think through a confrontation carefully. You’ll also be more willing to delegate tasks and learn from your co-workers and subordinates. Better interpersonal relationships in the workplace environment will have an impact on your company’s productivity as well.
- You’ll Be in a Better State of Mind
Personal development encourages you to organise your schedule so that you work steadily and efficiently. You will know how to manage your time better and limit the number of projects you handle. People who focus on personal development learn how to say no and ensure they don’t have too much on their plate. You’re stress levels will reduce and you’ll have more time on your hands to relax. Self-aware people understand how important it is to take a break and give their minds something else to focus on. Personal development is also a great way to avoid a complete burnout.
- You’ll Avoid Stagnancy and Redundancy
If you’re too lost in the daily grind, you won’t notice the world pass you by; you won’t keep up with the latest developments and progresses made in your field. If you become stagnant and don’t grow, your value as a professional will diminish. The only way to avoid this is through personal growth and development. You should keep adding new skills and abilities to your list to ensure you don’t fall behind and lose track.
Here are some statistics that will help you understand the impact of personal development. This is a life-long process and should never stop, regardless of the levels of success you enjoy.
Ashley Andrews is an Inbound Marketing Strategist at Activia Training, a UK-based training provider specializing in improving delegates’ workplace performance in business skills, management development and IT applications. Ashley is passionate about self-improvement and productivity, and regularly blogs about these – and many other topics – on the Activia blog.