Article Contributed by Michelle Desaulniers
Most everyone has been a passenger on an airplane and heard the safety talk. Very often the “put your own mask on first before helping others” analogy is used to remind people, in a myriad of situations, that it is ok, in fact, it is preferable, to practice self-care. Most of us push self-care and everything that goes along with that notion, to the bottom of our to-do list – and we just keep on flying. But what if at the beginning of 2022, you decided to put yourself and your career first? Start this new year on a different note by taking a personal learning inventory. What kind of shape is yours in right now?
We are challenging our members to bring their personal development to the number one position on their to-do list for 2022 by asking themselves these questions:
- How will you make next year count?
- What will you do to take your career to a new level?
- How will you challenge yourself in 2022?
What will it take to get you into a personal growth mindset? Start by thinking about the last time you took a class, attended a training session or went to a conference. Remember that feeling of accomplishment, the renewed sense of purpose and engagement that you felt afterwards? It was great connecting with peers outside of your organization and sharing ideas, wasn’t it? Wouldn’t you like to feel that again and really get into that forward-thinking, growth mindset?
EANE offers a variety of formal opportunities and options to refresh your attitude and to add substance to your learning inventory. The coming year should be punctuated with your own personal learning events that will enable you to return to your daily challenges feeling refreshed, re-energized, and ready to tackle those challenges with a new outlook and armed with freshly minted skills. Not only do you owe it to yourself, but you owe it to your coworkers. They will see your example and they will follow-it.
No doubt everyone is feeling the weight of the world lately, and no one wants to poke their head up for fear of flying objects. But allowing your professional growth stagnate for yet another year is like putting someone else’s mask on before your own; on an airplane – and in your career – that could lead to disaster!
Need a hand? Start a conversation with one of EANE’s Learning & Development specialists about how to add to your personal learning inventory!