Do you ever take a moment to acknowledge how much you’ve grown as a person and professional? Assuming you take active steps to promote your growth in both or either realms, it is important to reflect on the work you’ve accomplished within yourself and how the new you has positively grown from the former you. As I encourage you to do this, I will share that this is an area I’d also like to develop. I’m not sure exactly why it’s hard for me to do this; maybe part of me is in denial of the progress I have made and is shocked that I used to be a certain way, and somehow, over time, I am now different. What sparked this thought was my reflection on how much I’ve grown with public speaking. Up until graduate school, when I had to do a presentation, I would write down on note cards exactly what I would say to the audience. I would practice the entire presentation several times to the point of memorization. Thus, my presentations were not engaging to the audience and I barely deviated from my notes. Now, a little over 2 years later, I am amazed that I take less time to prepare adequately for a presentation and that I public speak without detailed note cards! If you recall the other day, I spoke in front of 800 students at an assembly! It makes me think, “Wow! What happened to the insecure, babbling old me? Where did this new me who is articulate and confident come from?” I guess the answer is through opportunities and challenging myself to grow. I wrote this post to at least acknowledge my growth in writing and hope you will find a way too.
What is one area you have grown in that you’d like to acknowledge? How do you go about acknowledging your growth?