Our Development and Personal Fulfillment are deeply related to each other. The path to fulfillment is enhanced through our personal and professional development.
Some of the key skills that helps us attain personal and professional goals are –
1) To Develop a Definite Goal Focus
Before researching on the profession you would like to be in, ask yourself two questions, “What motivates me? What drives me to achieve what I wish to?”
The answer will be “Passion”. We all love achieving things and dreams we are passionate about.
Guy Laliberte of Cirque du Soleil was a fire eating street performer before he eventually introduced Cirque du Soleil to us.
A talented street artiste, Laliberte was a musician who had the skill to eat fire and walk on stilts. When he brought a truope from Quebec to entertain the audience at the Los Angeles Arts Festival in 1987, he was delighted to see that the circus trupe was received with a resounding applause and brought the troupe to Las Vegas. And today, they are the world famous Cirque de Solieil.
This multi talented and artistic gentleman is the CEO of Cirque and is one of the most succeesful entertainment businessmen in the world.
It was only due to Laliberte’s unrelenting passion and focus on his dream that he was willing to take risks to make his dream happen.
2) To Communicate Clearly and Persuasively
There is a beautiful quote that can be used to describe effective communication – “Speak in such a way that others love to listen to you, Listen in such a way that others love to speak to you”
Your ability to effectively communicate can help you immensely in life. This skill will not only help you get what you want, it will help you to understand others and help them too.
3) Decision Making
There may be several times in life, we may be tempted to blame anything or anyone for our dream or goal not materializing. The hard truth is as far as Personal Development goes, you and you alone is the key decision maker. Take up responsibility of your actions. Maybe you made an ineffective decision, so? You learn from your mistake and move on and make the best of the situation.
Seek guidance regarding your professional aspirations. You will be surprised that many professionals will be happy to share their learning with you should you ask them.
Developing yourself involves leadership skills. How? For the simple reason that a leader is never afraid to take risks or admit his flaws or error in judgement. Personal or Professional Development involves risk taking. You may have done your homework well regarding what you want to be at the end of your development journey but things need not always go according to our plan. What is the contingency plan of action in that case? Think and work on it as you learn and improve yourself during your journey of enlightenment.
I recently came upon a young man who despite having completed his Hotel Management degree was working in Sales and Marketing for many years. His sense of dissatisfaction with his career today has lured him back to where his heart is truly in – Hotel Management.
So what, he had ventured to work in another field than the field he was qualified in? His sense of responsibility regarding his past action is one that he has no regret about.
5) Organize your Life – Prioritize
The effective management and prioritization of our professional development goal with regard to our ability to manage our personal and professional relationships is critical.
Prioritize your life and develop yourself without experiencing undesirable stress and anxiety.
6) Conflict Management
Managing conflict is a skill that is often referred to as an art. Whether a person is involved in the negotiation process of a conflicting situation, helping others handle conflict effectively or merely is involved in the intricate study of perception and power play in a personal or professional environment, this is one area that sometimes gets sidelined.
Any conflict that is ignored would only elevate into an unpleasant and undesirable scenario. It would lead to a situation that will not only be distressful for you eventually but will bring a series of stressful consequences for you and others around you.
This is one skill that is particularly one to be respected during your efforts in the attainment of professional development. The more effective you are in managing conflicts, the more easier it will be for you to achieve your goals.
7) To Self Motivate with a Positive Mental Attitude & Handle Stress
The more we focus on motivating ourselves and the less importance we give to encouragement from others, the easier it would be for us self motivate ourselves.
Our ability to handle stress and improve our mental attitude would greatly get enhanced through this process.
8) To Inspire others & Create a Positive Atmosphere in your Environment
It is ironic on how focusing on the positive aspects of others and the environment helps others feel inspired. The more importance you give to the well being of others and the world we live in, the more goodwill and happiness you will spread around. This aura of positive energy that surround you would soon get noticed and appreciated .
Go on, today set forth on a fantastic Personal and Professional development journey that you have never ventured.
You will soon realize that it better to have dared to make your dream come true than never dream at all.
Talking of dreams and success, as the founder and chairman of the leading business group, Virgin Group, Richard Branson’s entrepreneurial achievements are unparalleled.
As a high-school dropout and one of the richest and highly respected business tycoons in the world, he termed the significance of dreams in a single line-
“If your dreams don’t scare you, they are too small”