There are many areas in our life that we should improve to grow as a professional person, but, the big question that forms in the head of almost all of us is, what are these areas?
Growing up as a professional is a longing for many people that seems to be reserved for a few. But reality tells us that those few did not have only luck, but they found the right keys to achieve it.
Improving to grow as a professional implies many factors: achieving better results or with less effort and in less time (boosting productivity), improving the working environment to achieve a better environment and cohesion of equipment, among others.
For each person it can mean something different depending on the context. Whether for your business, your business or your usual place of work, there is something you should know if you really want to improve as a professional: that, like everything else in life, depends on a process of personal change.
It is very common to ask yourself what you can do to improve as a professional, since it seems that attending courses or attending endless training is not the solution to improve your results in your work, business, projects or ventures.
What is really the secret to get it?
There is no secret, and neither does it consist in following gurus, training without stopping or reading books of financial freedom. Your professional results, whether in your work, business or undertakings, depend on your current actions.
You already know the saying: “if you want different results … it is necessary that you start with different actions”.
And your actions are a reflection of the state of personal development in which you are.
The only key to improving as a professional is actually improving as a person. Personal skills are the great tool for you to grow as a professional, since everything that happens in your work depends on how you are as a person and how you approach your work and your relationships with others.
Depending on your state of personal development, your experiences and professional development will flow. In fact, it is known and demonstrated that the success of a venture, business or company does not depend on the product, logistics or image as much as on the personal and human development status of the people who live in said work and have common objectives.
In all these years as a psychologist and coach accompanying professionals, executives and entrepreneurs to achieve it, I have discovered that all the important areas of your personality that you must work on are summarized in a few.
Here I tell you the 5 key areas that you must develop to grow as a professional …
5 key areas that you must develop if you want to grow as a professional
Knowing yourself is key to knowing what situation you are in, what your talents are, what are your limitations and what you can do to transform problems into opportunities.
A difficulty or limit can be real or relative. On many occasions, the limits are only the result of limiting beliefs because we do not know each other in depth.
But overcoming your limiting beliefs is not something you’re going to achieve by repeating mantras or listening to a guru on duty. You need a job of deep self-knowledge added to different actions, very concrete and observable.
Few trainers know how to do this (and the vast majority of coaches talk about it, but they also do not know). If you know yourself, your learning will accelerate and everything will change for the better much sooner. In addition, it will increase your well-being and your self-confidence.
2. Emotion management
Every second of the day you feel emotions, and these affect you in every decision you make. Before we thought that emotions were only our irrational part, but now we know that they are always there and that the key is to understand them and know how to manage them to grow and also help others to overcome.
Overcoming certain fears, knowing how to manage anger, impatience or anxiety are key to improving as a professional.
If you learn to understand and manage your emotions, not only will your professional life change, but your personal life and the quality of your personal relationships (also with your colleagues, team or even clients).
3. Your communication
Your communication style defines the quality of your personal relationships, both with your colleagues or partners and with your customers or users (students, public in a chat, among others.).
Assertive communication (knowing how to say no and expressing what you really feel and believe with kindness, respect and considering the real limits) and empathy (knowing how to be in the other’s place)is what helps you connect with others, really understand them and so get the right messages to the right person.
Without this skill, the professional results do not arrive or arrive too late and after too many efforts.
4. Your personal relationships (leadership or positive influence)
Leadership is not to guide, order or command, but to positively influence others in such a way that you help them grow and be leaders too.
The quality of personal relationships are key if you work with a team and want to improve the cohesion of that team and its results.
Leadership always sows in the long term, which is when the most important results and successes arrive.
How to get it? As always, with a process of personal change. If you want to promote your leadership, you should deepen in what positive influence you want to give to others and what different actions you should take to achieve it.
5. Your productivity
Your ability to organize, plan, make decisions and know how to manage time is also a personal skill.
It is not only about being effective and getting the results you have set, but about being efficient, which means getting those results with the least amount of effort and resources possible.
If you manage to develop these areas you will have with you the most important skills that a professional must have to achieve better results or overcome the most important problems or crises.
It is also essential that you focus on what is the most important area now for you and develop it.
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