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Sometimes you feel stuck in your career and seem to be clueless about where you are going. Its time you need to work upon yourself which would eventually lead to growth in your career. Following are some points one needs to remember:

1. Becoming Aware of Yourself

 It is very important to know yourself. Awareness about your strengths, weaknesses, skills, interests etc., helps you to understand your emotions. For this, you need to sometimes reflect and jot it down on paper. It also means accepting yourself the way you are and then deciding how you can change yourself for better.

​Take care of yourself spiritually. Sometimes we tend to get frustrated with our failures.

​It’s very natural, but if we reflect on the events and try to figure out where we went wrong and accept our shortcomings and work upon them, the next time our performance would be better. Most of the time we do not accept our shortcomings which hinders our personal growth.

2. Developing Emotional Intelligence

The term emotional intelligence refers to recognizing your emotions as well as other emotions. It requires individuals to be aware of their emotions and effectively expresses them toward others. By doing a self-evaluation and reflecting on how we react in stressful situations helps to develop our emotional intelligence.

​Empathy and self-regulation are core to this phenomena. It helps boost your personal as well as professional life. An emotionally intelligent person is successful in his personal as well as professional life. Developing emotional intelligence, though not an easy task, can over a period of time lead one to a better relationship at home and at work. 

​As you will be in a position to understand your emotions as well as other’s emotions, it would be easier for you to manage your stress or any stressful situation.    

3. Positive Networking 

Networking, a  very common word these days. Meeting different people surely helps in our personal as well as professional life. But at the same time, it is very important to be cautious of who we are networking with.  People with a positive attitude and optimism induce positive energy in people around them.

​Networking with such people helps in our personal growth. On the other side there are people who are just the opposite. The sooner you get rid of those negative elements around you the better it is for your personal growth.    

4. Setting Priorities in Life

There a lot many things we can do and want to do but sometimes we need to do away with few. It is always good to set priorities in life and sticking to it. When it comes to developing yourself, health is one of the most important aspects which we often neglect until we start seeing signs of it.  There goes the old saying ‘a sound mind in a sound body’.

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​Good health is the biggest asset in life.  If your health is good, it’s easier to focus on other aspects like your family and career.  Giving more attention to what you eat and a bit of exercise is surely going to pay in the long run. 

​Another very important aspect is your close relationships.  It is equally important to manage your personal relationship.  Spending time with your family members especially the elderly ones. And of course your career! 

5. Working on Your Communication Skills 

For some people communicating in the right manner with different people is not easy. It is important to know who we are talking to and how.  Getting at the level of our listeners helps our ideas to be received the desired way. Sometimes we have a plethora of ideas in our mind but when it comes to presenting it to others it might lack clarity and sometimes confusing.

​Articulating your ideas so that it is convincing and impressive to others is sure to get you success in your personal and professional spheres.  

6. Respecting and Admiring Cultural Diversity

 An essential aspect for better teamwork in a multicultural setting. We all are brought up with a certain set of values which we tend to adhere to lifelong. These set of values are culture-specific and are very different across cultures. Certain workplaces consist of people from different ethnic background, language, traditions etc.

​Respecting others values helps us in our personal growth, which eventually leads to better teamwork at workplace hence more productivity.   

Written By
Rafat Aara works as a faculty member at MANUU, India . She teaches professional development to post graduate students and is associated as an independent consultant with Oxfam India. 

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