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How to Take Personal Development Off the Backburner‚ Tactical Frameworks for Leveling Up

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Personal development is more expansive than self-care and encompasses the ongoing work to uplevel yourself in pursuit of learning and creeping closer towards your ambitious goals.

Put ‘It,’ ‘We,’ and ‘I’ on your to-do list

  • Regularly review your behavior and interactions to identify how and when you are standing in your own way.
  • Spend fifteen minutes a day in quiet space reflecting on ‘It,’ ‘We,’ and ‘I.’
  • ‘It’ refers to your tasks and your role at work (e.g., your goals, achievements, etc.).
  • ‘We’ is about your relationships and the quality of your interactions.
  • ‘I’ is about the attitudes and energy you personally bring to the table every day.

Utilize this prioritization matrix before burnout sets in

  • Burnout is the inability to think creatively, often signaled by overcommitment and disengagement.
  • Quadrant 1 of the matrix is tough, important stuff that requires creative, strategic thinking where leaders will spend most of their time.
  • Quadrant 2 is high yield, more straightforward projects that are outsourced to highest performers as stretch goals.
  • Quadrant 3 is low value, low likelihood of success that should be nixed.
  • Quadrant 4 is low value, high likelihood of success housekeeping tasks that can be delegated or done at the end of the day.

These two meta models will help you communicate better

  • Meta models are helpful tools for classifying individuals into broad categories that enable you to better understand what makes them tick.
  • Motivational traits show how a person triggers or loses interest.
  • Toward vs. away from people in which the former are focused on goals to be achieved and the latter are focused on problems to avoid.
  • Working traits show how a person treats information.
  • Specific vs. general people in which the former operate with details and sequences and the latter focus on the overview or the big picture.

This trust equation helps repair and strengthen relationships

  • Trust is the sum of how credible you believe a person to be on a subject, how reliable a person has proven themselves to be over time, and how authentic you think they are as a person, divided by how much you think they are acting in their own self-interest.
  • Reflect on the heart of the problem and open a gentle conversation to address it.

Focus on the past, present, and future

  • To contextualize the past, ask yourself questions, journal about decisions that have made incremental impacts on your life, and identify patterns that shine a light on what drives you.
  • Think long-term by spotlighting your lighthouse or the pinnacle of your career when you are feeling challenged, engaged, and not wanting anything else.
  • Clarify the present with a career action plan based on your key motivators and career vision.

Truly embrace criticism

  • Approach criticism with a sense of curiosity instead of being combative.
  • Focus on being respected and improving yourself instead of proving yourself.
  • Assemble a network of people who will challenge you and provide constructive criticism.
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