WorldExecutivesDigest.com | 8 Strategies for Leveling Up Your Professional Life | Self-improvement has grown to become a multi-million dollar industry in the last couple of decades. You are sure to find plenty of seminars, books, personal coaching programs, and creative content available online that are focused on helping people become better and self-actualized.
Such development is expected in a highly competitive world. Everybody must strive to improve, not necessarily to emerge as the best, but as a way to thrive healthily in various aspects of life.
However, in the professional realm, the commitment to become better is certainly a must because of work demands. If you do not make the effort to broaden your knowledge and polish or acquire new skills, you may not only fail to achieve your career goals, but lose your job as well.
Leveling up your professional life can be done in numerous ways, and provided below are eight proven effective strategies that you can try.
1. Identify your weaknesses.
Get real with yourself and pinpoint weak aspects in your performance and even your attitude. This can be a challenging thing to do because some people can feel quite discouraged when facing their weaknesses. Therefore, when you perform a reality check that is focused on your deficiencies, create a mindset of humility.
The true value of becoming familiar with your own weak points is that it places you in a much better position to address them. More importantly, it can help you diminish your pride, which can make you more open to suggestions and strategies for improvement.
2. Celebrate your strengths.
Establishing and celebrating your strengths as a person and a professional is likewise crucial so you can maintain them. The reality is that while you may naturally be gifted in certain things or you have exceptional skills, all these can lose their standout quality over time.
Thus, learn to celebrate your strengths by putting them to good use as often as possible. Also, bear in mind that there’s always room for improvement, especially if you want to establish consistency with your output.
3. Invest in training.
One of the best action plans for overcoming performance issues and keeping up with industry developments is training. According to career consultants from a professional development center in Dubai, signing up for enrichment courses is a beneficial idea.
There’s nothing like getting educated and guided by veteran specialists who do not only know corporate or industry trends, but actually develop them. You can train for improvement or train to simply arm yourself with new and useful knowledge.
It’s vital to note that among the best benefits derived from training is the way it can also increase your value as a professional, especially if you gain certification from it. Not only that, but it can open new career opportunities for you that may be more fulfilling and pay better as well.
4. Let your physical appearance be consistent with your improvement initiative.
When you’re working on improving your attitude, knowledge, and skills, your physical appearance should reflect that as well. Create the look of an individual who truly is growing and reaching his or her full potential.
The best transformation for improvement is when both the inside and outside elements develop for the better, together. So, try a style makeover. Get a better haircut or learn how to do your makeup differently. Perhaps improve your physical fitness, too, and invest in professional clothing that does not only fit you well but also goes better with your personality.
5. Develop winning qualities or traits.
Every business organization has a unique set of qualities that it deems admirable and an asset; identify those that your company holds in high regard.
For traditional business organizations, punctuality is considered greatly important. The same is true with hierarchical formality, which is a demonstration of deep respect. Meanwhile, newer and younger companies appreciate unconventionality.
If these qualities or traits do not go against your principles, then they are worth working on and acquiring if you are truly committed to succeeding in your chosen career.
6. Work on your communication skills.
Strong communication skills are always an asset in workplaces. They are a powerful tool that supports the goals of business organizations. According to Kompass Consultancy, communication skills are so powerful that it’s typical for anybody who wants to be a leader to invest a considerable amount of money and effort into developing them.
That is because effective communication using words and body language can boost other people’s spirits, ensure productivity, put an end to rifts and regain order, sway opinions, and foster strong relationships.
But even if you do not currently have (or you are not presently aiming for) a leadership position, it’s worth developing excellent communication skills because they will enable you to place yourself in a favorable light even in adverse situations.
7. Find role models.
It’s good to have a variety of role models who embody the different traits that you long to have. Take a cue from their success and see if their own strategies can work for you. Use them as your inspiration in achieving the goals that you have set for yourself.
And, if you’re lucky, these role models may even be able to personally help you. In a lot of small communities, role models are usually family members or friends who have made something out of themselves. And as role models, they take it upon themselves to pave the way and assist those who look up to them the best that they can. It’s immensely beneficial to have role models who possess such a sense of accountability and can be your true guiding hand.
8. Remind yourself that the journey is yours.
Remind yourself constantly that you are a unique person, and you are working on elevating your own professional life. As such, it wouldn’t be too helpful to compare your journey to another person’s. Whether you’re doing better than a contemporary or not is unimportant. What’s more valuable is the progress that you are making.
At times, the journey to achieving goals can feel frustrating because of the tendency to compare. Eliminate this inclination and concentrate on what you should be learning and doing to improve.
Consider applying these eight strategies for improvement in your own life. You can certainly explore more and other ways, but with these eight ideas, you can make it easier to create an effective action plan for reaching new heights in your career.
Leila Rezaiguia is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Kompass Consultancy, an innovative global talent management consultancy headquartered in Dubai and with offices in Abu Dhabi and Sydney, that specialises in enabling individuals, organisations and educational institutions to achieve performance excellence and career success. Leila is a multi-lingual (English, Arabic and French) PCC Coach, Mentor Coach, Trainer, Facilitator and Business Mentor who is passionate about coaching, women in leadership, talent management and organisational development.