Word Of the Week #577: Personal Growth

August 26, 2015 by  

Personal Growth – activities that develop talents and potential.

Do you feel challenged in your job? Are you reaching your full potential? Do you feel energized during the course of your day?

This week features the fifth of the “6 Needs to Thrive at Work” that Michael Lee Stallard featured in his book, When workers thrive, companies do too.And as Stallard says “they also apply to your relationships at home and in the community.

He writes, “The first three needs (respect, recognition and belonging) are “relational needs.” When these needs are met, we feel connected to the people with whom we work. The next two are “task mastery” needs and they affect how connected we feel to the work we are doing.

The next task mastery need is to experience personal growth. When we are engaged in a task a personal growththat is a good fit with our strengths and provides the right degree of challenge, we will experience a state that psychologists describe as “flow.” Flow is like being in a time warp. Time flies by when we become so immersed in the task we are performing. Unchallenged, we feel bored. Over-challenged, we feel stressed out. The optimal degree of challenge energizes us.”

Wikipedia had this to say. “Personal development covers activities that improve awareness and identity, develop talents and potential, build human capital and facilitate employability, enhance quality of life and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations. Not limited to self-help, the concept involves formal and informal activities for developing others in roles such as teacher, guide, counselor, manager, life coach, or mentor.”

This week’s focus is on personal growth. Does your life feel balanced? Do you feel a sense of connection and fulfillment at work? Are you engaging in activities to develop your talents?

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