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The key to professional success is to not only understand and finesse the skill sets your job requires, but to also invest in your own personal development. In a society where information is always at our fingertips, it is more important than ever to continually learn and develop our key skills and abilities to achieve greater results. Below are some tips on improving your personal growth and development in your workplace and in your personal life. 

1. Find a Mentor – Many people believe that having a mentor will not benefit them at all but having a mentor plays a key role in workplace success. A mentor is someone who is open to giving you their insights, knowledge of the industry, challenges they faced, their strategies, and most importantly, they foster ambition.  Mentors will often see something in you that you may have not noticed yourself and help you build upon that. To advance in your position or in your personal life, you must propel yourself forward, continually learning and accepting new challenges, and with a mentor, they will help guide you in the right direction.

2. Continuing Education – One of the biggest benefits of continuing education is that it can improve your own skills and abilities in your current job or in your personal life. Continuing education is not directed to a certain age group, it is an opportunity for anyone to learn more about their field and increase their marketability in their profession. Continuing education can give you a boost against your competitors, it shows your interest in staying current with market trends, new technologies, etc. With our new Power Series Classes, we wanted to create a series of presentations that engages the whole person, fulfills social needs, promotes of a culture of viewing work as meaningful, and work that is psychologically rewarding. Follow the link to learn more about The Power Series and to find the closest Canyon Title class to you!

3. Create a Vision or Personal Growth Plan – Do you know where you stand at work or in your personal life? A personal growth plan gives you a glimpse into what differentiates you from others, and how to capitalize on your existing skillsets and capabilities. Development is a progressive process, by creating a snapshot of your growth within your current position, you can better identify your strengths, weaknesses, and goals you want to establish in a given time frame. When developing your personal growth plan, call on your mentor to give you insight into your knowledge, qualifications, and skills to identify the areas that might need improvement. Start small when beginning your Personal Growth Plan and as you progress, start incorporating long-term goals. The beginning of any plan is crucial, use the SMART criteria to formulate a Specific, Measurable, Applicable, Realistic and Time-bound guide. Remember it is okay to change your direction.

4. Expand your Network – Finding a mentor is one way of expanding your network, by further investing in your relationships and opening yourself up to new ones, you can gain access to resources you did not think were available. Networking in your company, personal life, or in a different field of interest will allow you to uncover opportunities, further develop your career path, and establish referrals. Keep in mind that networking is not confined to meet and greets or work cocktail parties, you can make connections at intramural sports, coffee shops, or by taking continuing education classes. Also, networking events do not need to be intimidating. Find a networking style that works for you with people who have the same common interests and goals as yourself. But remember, you need to invest in your new relationships, stay connected through Linkedin or ask for their business card to learn more about them. 

5. Allocate Personal Growth Time – Prioritize. Planning and organizing your day or week in advance will help you increase efficiency and strike a better work and personal life balance. Drawing back to tip 3 – Creating a Personal Growth Plan, identify the tasks needed to be completed first, eliminate multitasking, set goals, and find your most productive hours of the day. A balanced life starts with allocating your time to areas where it matters and eliminating any unnecessary tasks.