Personal Growth: The Key to Your Success

April 19, 2013 in Consulting, General, IT, Management

Photo Courtesy?: Nicholas A. Tonelli

Photo Courtesy: Nicholas A. Tonelli

Consulting is a many faceted profession. There are so many facets, that consulting requires an extremely well rounded personality. More so, perhaps than most other professions. This is not to say that consultants are better than people in other professions, but rather that, in order to be a great consultant you have to be great at a host of very different skillsets.

 Think about it as it pertains to IT Consultants. We have to be great at: IT, Verbal Skills, Written Skills, Problem Solving, Troubleshooting, Vision Casting, Personal Interaction; the list goes on and on. IT consultants even have to be great at skills that many feel are common among opposite personality types.
One of the traits that all great consultants possess is something that you may not associate with consulting or even IT for that matter: Personal Growth.
If someone were to ask you right now, “What is your personal growth plan for your life?” Would you be able to answer?
Personal growth is one of the keys to success, not just for consultants, or IT professionals, but to any individual. The hard part is that many people never even ask themselves the question, “What is my personal growth plan?” As such most people do not have one.  Do you have a plan to grow your career? Do you have a plan to grow your income? Do you have a plan to grow your skills? If you are not intentionally growing as a human being in all areas of your life, the you do not have a personal growth plan.
Why is a personal growth plan important?
Because Growth Does Not Happen By Accident!

Personal Growth is not something that you fall into. Just like working out, learning a new musical instrument or building a house, personal growth requires that planning, intentionality and perseverance are applied.

Because The More You Grow, The More You Can Achieve!

Imagine the CIO of a Fortune 500 company called you up today and asked you if you could lead his team of 2,000 IT Staff through a transition from Windows to Mac and simultaneously reorganize their entire IT department to make it more efficient and profitable. My guess is that while some of us would say yes, most of us would be honest enough to say, “I’ve never done that before, I don’t know if I am ready for that kind of challenge.”

Personal Growth is a path to achievement and success (regardless of how you define success). Personal growth is a roadmap from where you are to where you want to be.

Because You Are Not Limited By What You Don’t Know But Rather What You Can’t Do

Personal growth is how you get from your abilities now to your abilities in the future. For example go back to the beginning of your career in IT. There was a time when there were certain tasks you would just never attempt. Clients that were just too big for you.  The reason that those tasks or clients don’t scare you now is because you have grown. Personal Growth (whether intentional or accidental) is the reason you are where you are today.

Ask yourself one more time, “What is your plan for personal growth?”

If you do not have an answer, then start today!

Here’s a few questions to answer that will get you started:

- What areas of your life do you need to grow in?

- What can you not do now that you will need to do to get to where you want to be?

- Where do you see yourself in 5 years and what skills will you need to possess to excel there?

- Who can you surround yourself with that will help you get to where you want to be?

- Who do you know who is better than you at where you want to be and how are they contributing to your growth.

 

Start today!

Start small!

Start creating your personal growth plan.