Today I wanted to write about personal development at work… Well, not exactly at the workplace, but rather working…
Personal development is seemingly a rather intangible thing. It’s a concept, actually, but the reality is that personal development can be demonstrated in any given situation when it kicks in.
Let’s say you are going about your life and then out of the blue you encounter a situation you are not expecting. Now I’m not talking anything catastrophic or traumatic. I’m talking about some nuisance thing that you encounter that would be more of a get-in-the-way type thing or a delay in what you had planned to do and accomplish. How do you deal with these things? How do you put into perspective what this nuisance thing means in the big picture of your life?
People who have taken the time to read and absorb personal development concepts, are sometimes more easily able to handle this type of situation. It’s really about the big picture of it all. What is the solution? How can you deal with it? What will it take to move beyond the thing and get on the other side?
Recently I encountered a situation like the type of thing I’m describing above. An appointment I had to present our Pre-Paid Legal benefit to a group at a certain time, for a twenty minute time frame, got totally derailed when I encountered road construction and a huge detour in a very industrial area of Detroit, which totally confused even my GPS.
I had called to indicate my dilemma, but when I arrived, realized the call didn’t mean too much in the circumstances at hand. My twenty minutes couldn’t be moved due to their agenda, of which I was unaware, and my presentation was cut down to about seven minutes, to a partial audience who for the most part was distracted by the next thing they were going to be doing.
When I encounter things like this, my way of dealing with it is to put myself in the other people’s shoes. I had held them up. Therefore I apologized without sounding like I was making excuses.
My learning… Allow at least 30 minutes for cushion time. My plan to get beyond the disappointment of a full-house of enthusiastic listeners/participants is to request another audience with this group, at which I will provide lunch as a true apology for not honoring their time previously.
That’s how I demonstrate my personal development. How do you deal with things that come your way in life? How do you demonstrate your personal development?