The festive season is the perfect time to reflect on the year gone by and your personal growth in that time. Look at the goals you set at the start of 2023 and how you did in terms of achieving what you set out to do.

It’s important that we learn from experience by looking at what is working for us and what isn’t. The best way to reinvent ourselves going forward is to make new plans that incorporate what we have learned from our experiences in the past.

The secret to employability lies in investing in your skills and improving your knowledge around what the marketplace will need in the future. In order to grow and develop at work it’s important to pursue development that facilitates personal growth and enables greater meaning and purpose.

Reflect and learn on the go

Perhaps some of the goals you set at the start of the year no longer make sense, perhaps some goals need to be modified or reframed. A lot can change in a year and it may be that you can achieve much more than you thought using new ways or working and communicating.

Before the New Year, start reflecting on how things have changed, then you can make sure you put yourself on a sound footing for 2024; there’s a lot more challenges ahead.

You need to invest time and effort in things that drive your personal growth and employability.

Personal growth challenges

You may experience a combination of two, three, or even all of these at the same time.

The “when” challenge: I’ll concentrate on this when I have time. The trouble is that day-to-day concerns never recede enough for you to find the time. Make the time to address questions around personal growth and what you want to achieve.

The “who” challenge: I don’t have anyone to help me develop my skills. Feeling you are dependent on others for help is self-sabotage, you are responsible. Do some networking and call on your contacts, those who can support you in your personal growth.

The “what” challenge: I’m not sure what I want to develop. The risk is you’ll never make a start. Distinguish what you need to know from what’s nice to know, as well as what’s relevant to your current situation and what might be relevant for personal growth.

The “where” challenge: There are no opportunities available to me. The risk is you will lose motivation, so look for opportunities and make opportunities. Don’t let circumstances hold back development and growth.

Forward momentum

Consider volunteering as part of your personal growth journey. 10Eighty believe that volunteering is a huge help in personal and professional development, it’s a way of meeting a diverse range of people and encountering new perspectives and alternative opinions, so that we learn and grow as we help the community.

Take the time to reflect on what you’ve achieved in the last 12months, but more importantly make a commitment to stretch yourself, seek out new experiences and go boldly into the New Year!

Liz Sebag-Montefiore

Liz Sebag-Montefiore is a Co-Founder and Director of 10Eighty. With over 15 years of business experience, I have an extensive and impressive blue chip client base. I have worked with numerous firms working in partnership with the client to understand their needs. My current role involves managing relationships with clients, developing new business, and coaching individuals in their career. I really enjoy meeting new people and have strong client relationship and networking skills. I am passionate about coaching as a means to motivate individual performance and believe that proactive career coaching will set direction, bolster employee engagement and self-confidence.

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