There are many areas in our lives that we should improve in order to grow both as a person and as a professional. But the big question that forms in everyone’s head is, what are these areas?

Growing as a professional is a desire of many people that seems to be reserved for a few. But reality tells us that those few were not only lucky, but found the right keys to achieve it.

Improving as a professional implies many factors: achieving better results or with less effort and in less time (boosting productivity), improving the working environment to achieve a better environment and team cohesion, among others.

For each person it can mean something different depending on the context. Whether it is for your business, ventures or in your usual place of work, there is something you should know if you really want to improve as a professional: that, like everything else in life, depends on a process of personal change.

It is very common for you to ask yourself what you can do to improve as a professional, since it seems that attending courses or attending infinite trainings is not the solution to improve your results in your work, business, projects or ventures.

What is really the secret to achieve it?

There is no secret, and it doesn’t consist of following gurus, training without stopping or reading books on financial freedom. Your professional results, whether in your work, business or ventures, depend on your current actions.

You know the saying: “if you want different results, it is necessary to undertake different actions”. And your actions are a reflection of the state of personal development you are in.

The only key to improving as a professional is actually to improve as a person. Personal skills are the great tool for you to grow as a professional, as everything that happens in your job depends on how you are as a person and how you approach your work and relate to others.

Depending on your stage of development, experiences and professional development will flow. In fact, it is known and demonstrated that the success of an enterprise, business or company does not depend on the product, logistics or image as much as on the state of personal and human development of the people who live in that work and have common objectives.

5 key areas that you must develop if you want to grow as a professional

1. Know Yourself

Knowing yourself is key to knowing what situation you are in, what your talents are, what your limitations are and what you can do to turn problems into opportunities.

A difficulty or limit can be real or relative. In many cases, limits are only the result of limiting beliefs because we don’t know each other deeply.

But overcoming your limiting beliefs is not something you will achieve by repeating mantras or listening to a guru in turn. You need a work of deep self-knowledge added to different actions, very concrete and observable.

Few trainers know how to do this (and most coaches talk about it, but they don’t know either). If you know yourself, your learning will accelerate and everything will change for the better much faster. In addition, it will increase your well-being and self-confidence.

2. Emotional Management

Almost every second of the day an individual feels emotions. And these affects in every decision you make. Before we thought that emotions were only our irrational part, but now we know that they are always there and that the key is to understand them and know how to manage them to grow and also help others to overcome.

Overcoming certain fears, knowing how to manage anger, impatience or anxiety are key to improving as a professional.

If you learn to understand and manage your emotions, it will not only change your professional life, but also your personal life and the quality of your personal relationships (also with your colleagues, team or even clients).

3. Your Communication

Your communication style defines the quality of your personal relationships, both with your colleagues or partners and with your customers or users (students, public in a talk, among others.).

Assertive communication (knowing how to say no and express what you really feel and believe with kindness, respect and considering the real limits) and empathic (knowing how to be in the place of the other) is what helps you connect with others, really understand them and thus get the right messages to the right person.

Without this ability, professional results won’t be achieved or you will achieve them too late and after too many efforts.

4. Your personal relationships (leadership or positive influence)

To be a leader is not to guide, order or command, but to positively influence others in such a way that you help them to grow and also to be leaders.

The quality of personal relationships is key, if you work with a team and want to improve the cohesion of that team and its results.

Leadership always sows long-term, which is when the most important results and successes come.

How to achieve it?

As always, with a process of personal change. If you want to strengthen your leadership you must go deeper into what positive influence you want to give to others and what different actions you would have to carry out to achieve it.

5. Your productivity

Your ability to organize, plan, make decisions and know how to manage time is also a personal skill.

It’s not just about being effective and achieving the results you’ve set out to achieve, it’s about being efficient. This means achieving those results with the least amount of effort and resources possible.

If you manage to develop these areas you will have with you the most important skills that a professional must have to achieve better results or overcome the most important problems or crisis.

It is also essential that you focus on what is the most important area now for you and develop it.