Content provided by the Health & Wellness Team at GBS Benefits
It’s important to continually build on the meaning, happiness, and health in your life. Personal progression is a lifelong process that requires moments of reflection and evaluation to ensure you are living with purpose. Often, the monotony of day-to-day tasks overwhelms dreams, goals, and ambitions, ultimately pushing them to the end of our to-do list.
Personal development increases self-awareness and self-esteem, improves your skills, and fulfills your aspirations. It requires being attentive and aware to evaluate thoughts, feelings, habits, actions, and reactions. Resist the urge to go with the flow. Here are a few ideas to spark your personal development journey by adding purpose and passion to your life.
Pursue What You Enjoy
Enjoying what you are doing, knowing your impact, and being your whole self are key factors in work and life satisfaction. This includes projects at work as well as activities outside the work environment, whether that’s raising a family, volunteering, or exploring hobbies. Satisfaction isn’t about time, but about pursuing something that fulfills you.
Not sure how to start? Consider focusing on your strengths and interests. Do you like to write, speak, or create? Think of ways you can incorporate these skills in and out of the workplace. Perhaps your interests mainly fall outside of your work tasks. Can you share your passions with coworkers? You may find others who want to learn more or share similar interests.
Have a Purpose That Resonates with You Personally
It’s important to have a purpose to find your “why.” Think about your personal values to help identify what’s important to you. Find your “why” for working as well as something that resonates with you outside of work hours. Spend time pursuing your “why” to advance on your personal development journey.
Personal development is just that, it’s personal. It will look different for everyone, and there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. Consider talking with family, friends, and role models to trigger ideas for next steps as you pursue your purpose and passions.