Four Ways to Achieve Professional Growth Through Reflection
In today’s fast-paced world, most of us are looking for the quickest, easiest and most convenient way to do anything. And that includes achieving professional growth. We listen to podcasts or audiobooks while we are running or driving, we read that article while sitting at the kid’s soccer game or we sign up for a virtual class on something and multi-task throughout the entire thing.
Our intentions are in the right place, but the results of our growth and learning are often not being maximized. Growth does not come from checking boxes and achieving things. Growth comes from exposing yourself to new ideas, perspectives and beliefs and then reflecting on what you have learned and how it can help you grow and evolve. When was the last time you took 30 minutes to just reflect on something and think about where you could incorporate it into your life or career? Reflection will not just happen unless you create the space for it. We will just continue to move quickly from one thing to the next and not stop to reflect and recognize professional growth opportunities.