With the new year upon us, so is the overwhelming rate of marketing messages about the importance of goal setting and registering for courses, programs, and workshops, just to name a few. For some who may still be on holiday, these messages may trigger an internal monologue of all the goals, tasks, and projects that must be achieved during the year and create anxiety about the need to take instant action. My thoughts about this are: Take it slow.
Take the time to review, renew, and regenerate. Allow the mind to recover from ongoing stressors and pressures; invite the body to relax, breathe, and just be. Once in a mindful state, then slowly and steadily think about what should take priority for you this year. Ideally, consider one goal for personal growth and another for professional development.
Brown (2018) outlines the importance of taking the time to consider one’s values and to “live into them.” This focus on personal growth means that we must be clear about what we stand for and ensure that our thoughts, words, and actions are always aligned. Grant (2023) discusses the importance of professional growth and simply enjoying the work journey. The researcher is emphatic about ‘burnout’ versus ‘bore out’. He explains that burnout nestles itself in emotional exhaustion and occurs when one is overloaded. As a result, people may feel depleted and unable to turn up as their best selves, impacting their productivity and connectivity in the workplace. Bore out is a little different. It nestles itself in a non-engaging, monotonous space that leaves individuals joyless about their work. The lack of engagement also results in a loss of productivity, connectivity, and growth.
So, think about what will bring you joy in 2024.
What to do?
- Reflect on what you want to achieve in the coming year. Consider something you want to accomplish, e.g., learn a sport, develop your cooking skills, or connect with new people. Equally, what is it that you would like to achieve at work that not only meets the requirements of the vision and mission of the organisation but professionally grows you?
- Be judicious about training. Training is not about ticking boxes. Training is about ongoing learning that assists you in developing your soft skills and or hard skills. Choose your training wisely. How will it support your personal and professional growth?
- Find a mentor you can regularly meet to share your journey. Learn from others, see the world from their perspective, and then reflect upon how the learnings might assist you in your role.
Take it slow and see how you go!