It’s never too late or too early to learn new skills and to develop yourself! Self-growth isn’t just developed at work, it can be done at home too! It’s important as people we learn and grown, but how do you know if you are developing well? It seems that people are turning within them, to find the solution to their problems. They seek knowledge, techniques, workshops, lectures, and teachers, who can show them the wayPeople are beginning to understand that self-improvement and self-growth can improve the quality of their lives.
- Know your strengths and weaknesses
It’s something that not many of us like doing, and it’s not wonder why really – who wants to write down what they aren’t good at? But it’s a very important step in self-growth of all areas. You can discuss with your friends and family, inevitably they will be able to add to the list – good and bad I’m sure! Remember to celebrate and continue to develop your strengths – we all have them so don’t be afraid to put them down on paper. Then brain storm ways of improving your weaknesses – don’t just put yourself down, this is a way to develop!
- We all make mistakes
We know everyone does, we just don’t like to admit that we make them! Try not to think of your mistakes as negative situations, they’ve happened and you can’t change them, but you can learn from them! Whether it was how you spoke to a friend or how you completed a financial budget at work – they are things we can learn from and not do them again.
- Accept compliments and compliment yourself
How many of us receive a compliment from somebody else (in any circumstance!) and brush it off all embarrassed? I do! Well…I did. Until I leant to accept the compliments and thank people when they gave them to me. It felt great to know that somebody else appreciated me. It’s important to recognise in your own achievements, sometimes at work we can all get so caught up in the company goals and targets it hard to remember what you individually achieved this month. Tell your friends and family about them – be proud that you did something good!
- Use criticism as a learning experience
Everybody sees the world differently, from cup half empty to full! We have all felt the burn of someone else’s criticism and its hurt. How many of you then took on board what they had said and seen how you could improve the situation next time around? Try and be assertive when receiving criticism, don’t let it lower your self-esteem – but at the same time try not to respond in a defensive way, it’s not always easy for people to criticise you and it may have taken them a lot of courage to tell you something that bothering them. Take it on board, learn from it and start making improvements.
Start with a Plan!
Before anything else – split the plan in two – one for home and one for work!
When it comes to producing a plan for work, check to see if you organisation used performance management systems & software in order to assess your performance ready for your appraisal. If you organisation doesn’t use that system them start of by printing out a personal development plan (there are plenty free templates available online). Once you have written your target for both home and work, take your work one too work and stick it up on your desk so you can see it every day! ?Do the same with the one at home – perhaps on your fridge? Remember these goals are meant to be achievable, to make you be the best person you can! Tick them off once achieved! Good luck!