Over the holiday weekend, I took my oldest to get a new pair of sneakers. He is in such a growth spurt that we are buying shoes every three months. It’s always a process picking out a pair that has enough cool factor for him that is also in stock in his size. We lucked out pretty quickly with this trip and found a pair that was just right.
While a growing adolescent’s feet give definitive reminders that growth is occurring, we often forget the need to focus on growth in our careers. We get busy in our day-to-day work and overlook our need for professional and personal development. However, you don’t have to set aside a lot of time to ensure you are growing in your career journey. Here are 3 easy steps to keep you focused:
1. Seek new information and new ideas. In today’s technology age, we have ample opportunity to gain new information in short bursts of learning. Articles and videos are available at the click of our fingertips, and exchanging ideas with other professionals often sparks more creativity and innovation.
2. Employ those new ideas. Now that you have new information, it’s time to put it to use. Find ways that you can apply the information or try out those ideas in your work. Otherwise, you are allowing the information to simply gather dust.
3. Consider the outcome. Take stock of what you have learned and how you have used it. Look at the impact of the outcome. Consider what worked and what did not. Determine what to take forward with you to use again.
Professional development can mean going back to school or it can be subtle like I described above. The important key is that you are intentional about your growth. There is an old saying that if you are not moving forwards, you are moving backwards. Make sure you are moving forwards to pursue the path most meaningful to you.
Lesley provides individualized coaching to professional moms who are seeking greater satisfaction in their careers. She helps working mothers uncover their God-given gifts, name their non-negotiable values, and align their career path with those gifts and values to have a greater impact on the world. Lesley has helped professional moms from many different fields, including IT, healthcare, and education. Access Lesley’s free self-assessment to determine how well you recognize and use your God-given gifts!