The end of the year is fast approaching. That means that it’s time to take stock of how you have grown this year. This will set you up for success in many areas and propel you into the following year with goals that further your growth and leadership. In this post, Moorelands wants to help you conduct an audit on your personal growth; we want to help you examine how you have grown this year.
What is an “audit”?
An “audit” is typically an examination of a company’s finances and performance over the past year.
This examination increases the value of the company by making it more reliable and ensuring that what is found reflects what is presented.
In a similar way, we can peform an audit of ourselves. Except instead of finances, we are taking a look at our feelings and overall well-being. This way, we can understand what we are doing well, and maybe identify areas we can improve!
Why is Personal Growth Important?
Personal growth is important as a leader (who you are!). It helps you to lead and develop skills that apply within various environments—whether it is at school, work or with your family!
Personal growth is a life-long process. It is something that takes effort and practice, and isn’t always easy. But with determination, anything is possible!
Through a personal audit, you develop your own strengths and confidence as a leader. This comes with increased self-awareness and many opportunities for personal growth.
Ways to Measure Growth
USE YOUR GOALS AS MEASURING TAPE
When you are reflecting on how you have grown this year, you can always use your goals! The goals that you have set out to achieve in the past year will show you
- what you were trying to achieve;
- where you failed and succeeded;
- if your goals were plausible;
- and more!
With that said, just because you may compare your personal growth with your personal goals, you still grow without achieving them!
ASK YOURSELF, “HOW HAVE I CHANGED FOR THE BETTER?”
When you do an audit of your personal growth, your memories are most likely your default tool.
Using your memories helps you engage in self-assessment. In fact, Psychology Today reports that humans tend to remember/recount the information that is most significant to us. This includes things that are repeated, especially emotions! Events that contain heightened emotions are the most memorable, which can be a good thing and a bad thing.
However, our memories may not be as accurate as we would like them to be. Thankfully, there are other ways to measure personal growth.
KEEP A DETAILED JOURNAL
Your journal is more than just a recount of your day, it’s a treasury for your thoughts. By looking at your journal, you better understand how you have grown over the year by comparing where you were then, with where you are now. This heightens your emotional intelligence and provides you with information on understanding both how you have changed and areas you can still improve.
Looking at your journal is like looking at yourself in the mirror. Your reactions provide a gauge for who you are now (how you have grown) and the person you were when you were writing. Don’t forget to be compassionate through this audit method!
ASK YOUR COMMUNITY
At Moorelands, we believe in the power of community. When it comes to auditing and measuring your personal growth, the power of community persists. Sometimes your community knows you better than you know yourself. They can point out things like habits you weren’t aware you had!
The best part about consulting your community? Accountability and safety. With community, you feel safe enough to receive positive feedback and share your thoughts.
Remember that when measuring how you have grown throughout the year, be kind to yourself. It is not a time for judgement. Instead, you are collecting information so that you can continue to grow into your best self!
by Angel Persaud and Kyle Dedecker
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