Thought Leader

Characteristics and Habits to Develop for Professional Growth

Professional growth does not just happen. It is something you must strive for. However, by developing these habits and characteristics, growth can become an automatic thing in your life.

Goal Setting

Learning how to set realistic and effective goals is an important step in both personal and professional growth. You have probably heard many times that your goals should be SMART goals, but one of the most important things to remember when setting your goals is to make sure they are true to who you are.

It is difficult to stay motivated to reach goals just because you “should”. However, by setting goals that revolve around your desires, you are giving yourself a higher chance of success.

Lifelong Learning

The passion for learning goes hand in hand with a growth mindset. Leaders who work to develop a growth mindset know that complacency is an enemy to progress, and this leads them to learn all that they can.

You, too, should always be looking for opportunities to learn. This can include anything from books, positive role models, conferences, speakers who have thought leader qualities and skills to professionals, courses for specific skills, or other opportunities that are available to you.

Achieving Balance

Being successful in your professional life is nearly impossible without balance. It is imperative that you take care of your health and well being. You should also make family and loved ones a priority. Otherwise, you might find that your professional growth came at a very high cost.

Welcoming Discomfort

Growing is not comfortable. Just as children find themselves uncomfortable, awkward, and a bit frightened as they grow into teenagers, so will you as you grow in your personal and professional life. It is important that you not run away from this discomfort but rather welcome it, knowing that it will result in something amazing.

Rewarding Yourself

When you reach goals or milestones on your way to those goals, be sure to reward yourself. When you have a reward to look forward to, even if it is just a small one, you will be more motivated to keep pressing on.

Analyzing Problems

Growing requires change, sometimes more than we expect. Still, without those changes, we continue down the same path getting the same results. Years down the road, we realize that we have not grown a bit at all because we were not willing to adapt.

Don’t let this happen to you. When you see that things are not going well, stop and analyze the situation. Determine what is going wrong and why it is happening, and then make the necessary changes.

Looking Within

Always keep an eye turned within. You must know yourself in order to leverage your good qualities and improve any negative ones. Pay attention to what motivates you, what triggers negative or undesirable behavior, what your priorities are, and why you make the choices you make. Only by knowing yourself can you truly create lasting change.

Looking Without

Sometimes you cannot find the answers you need inside. When this is the case, do not hesitate to seek help in the form of a mentor, a coach, a class, a conference, or a wise friend.

The Red Tulip can be your friend, mentor, coach, and wise friend rolled into one. Reach out today to take full advantage of the benefits you can gain by working with them.