I don’t know if you’ve noticed lately, but more and more focus is being placed on awareness of emotions and mental health, which I don’t just equate to psychiatric disorders. In order to deal with the daily stressors we face in our jobs, we need to have good mental health so we don’t fall into a stressful, or worse, state.
That is why working on your personal development is critical to having a positive attitude and being able to deal with whatever comes in your path on a daily basis. When you have a good attitude and outlook, along with some useful ‘tools’ – or coping skills – it will lead you to having the ability to perform well, which is critical in your work role.
More and more companies are recognizing that workers are putting in more hours in at the job, while being asked to do more work with the same pay and benefits. People are not taking vacations these days, which is needed to refresh and recharge: some are afraid they will miss out on opportunities or become obsolete while gone; due technology, we can now work anywhere and anytime so a lot of workers don’t see the need in taking off; a good majority worry about the workload they have to deal with when they return from their vacation, so they figure ‘why bother.’
We can’t keep people on the hamster wheel and expect good results. Workers need to set their own boundaries and detach from work – it will still be there. Having good ‘tools’ will help you to have the ability to detach without worry. Personal development is an individual activity, although organizations can help with this through their benefits or perks, or bringing in speakers or coaches who can offer programs that fall into the personal development category.
Some areas you can focus on for your own personal development:
- read books that are focused on mindset, communication, motivation, etc.
- listen to TED Talks, webinars, teleseminars, podcasts
- attend live seminars or conventions
- join a Meetup group
- join a professional association
Elevating your own emotional level is what leads to motivation and, ultimately, high performance. Take your cue from some leaders you see, such as Bill Gates, John Maxwell, Sir Richard Branson, Elon Musk, Oprah Winfrey, to name a few; the one factor they all say the key to their success is that they focus on their personal development. If it works for them, it will work for you. There’s no better time than today to start!
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