How well do you know yourself and are you engaged in your personal development? I am an advocate for personal development and over time have used various self-help tests and exercises to help me learn more about myself.
When so many of these tests exist, it can be difficult to find the ones that will help you at any given time, especially since many of them can be time consuming!
Timing is crucial because you need the space and an opportunity to reflect and self-analyze, but more importantly, you need to be open to accept the results and understand the interpretations from different points of view. What is a good starting point for growth?
You must be ruthless
When you start to focus on trying to understand yourself more, and you do an introspective assessment where you are ruthless about your positive and negative attributes, you realize exactly where you are in relation to the image you think you may have been able to. display externally.
No one wants to see themselves as incapable or lacking in certain skills; However, failing to recognize your fallibility is one of the main reasons many people struggle to realize and fulfill their potential.
Recognizing where you are missing means you can then begin to tackle that area, rather than straying from it.
A good way to start this assessment is to do a personal SWOT analysis. This type of analysis is typically used in business as a strategic planning technique to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats related to business competition or project planning.
This concept is actually very useful when applied at an individual level as it helps to identify the internal and external factors that are considered to be favorable or unfavorable in themselves, then you can see where your areas of development lie. .
I was once asked to prepare a personal SWOT for an interview to help the potential business understand where I would need development. As I performed the exercise, I realized that it was a very powerful tool for self-assessment, as well as for developing personal and strategic growth goals.
The assessment allowed me to harness my strengths and build on them while working on the less developed and evolving elements.
Additionally, I have been able to take each perceived weakness and develop an appropriate improvement plan, which can demonstrate to a potential employer your proactive and dedicated nature.
Once the assessment is done and you’ve identified your areas for development, it’s easy to keep this information to yourself, especially if it’s not what you hoped for, but proactively share this information with your supervisor and close your colleagues can help you steer your development and gain their support on how to overcome some of the challenges.
Take control of your personal development
You will rarely find individuals within an organization who are unwilling to grow, but many fail to realize their potential because they fail to take control of their own development and recognize why they are where they are.
They do not proactively pursue the acquisition of the skills necessary to get the promotion they want and, more importantly, they are happy to abdicate responsibility for their development to their supervisor in the hope that they will make the connection. for them.
Many good managers will spend time helping their team, but without the right commitment and commitment from both sides, the end result is unlikely to meet the intended goals for either party.
There is no quick route to success, but personal development will bring you that much closer.
The process for each individual is different, requires hard work, dedication and unwavering commitment that begins with understanding you better than anyone else through tests like the SWOT.
With experience and a better understanding of yourself, your appreciation of a perceived positive or negative aspect will improve.
It is important to recognize that you cannot change everything overnight and that there will be things that you are not as good at, changing them is a gradual process that will require your commitment and investment in yourself.
Recognizing who you are and allowing yourself to grow helps you improve as a person, manager and leader.
The capacity for growth is available to everyone, but you can only access it from within yourself. Without enough time to assess yourself, you may act on impulse or fall back on general trends that you see others using.
Better decisions about yourself and your business are made after thinking about and understanding the positive or negative impact while considering the desired results sought in each situation.
âPersonal developmentâ is sometimes seen as just a buzzword, but it really is the key to unlocking your true potential.
Vinit Shah has over 20 years of sales experience, implementing complex change projects with a long term vision in mind, while setting rapid direction, to bring clarity and focus with a leadership style. fun and energetic.
Vinit is the author of Slice (Panoma Press, Â£ 14.99) which encourages aspiring sales professionals to harness the power of personal development.