In my professional practice course we were given this article on self development. I found it helpful...
This is why I came to New Zealand. My comfort zone was my base of friends and family. They made it easy for me to take risks and also gave me reasons not to. In New Zealand I'm on my own. This is a chance for me to jump in the deep end and see how well I can swim-discover my limitations.
We have all heard this one before and it's true. You can't ever believe you know everything there is to know about something. I took time to figure out what I need to develop before I reach the professional level and I am taking action to get there. It is no surprise that the library holds a bounty of valuable information, I just wish I had taken advantage of it sooner. Forgive me while I boast. I have about eight books that I've checked out, and this doesn't include the four I returned last week.
I have attended two seminars in the past and plan to go to more. I'd like to have some business cards ready when I do! There is a conference coming up in Auckland soon but I'm going to have to skip out due to lack of funds. $150 is a lot to fork over.
I tend to learn best when I reciprocate what I know. It reiterates and strengthens what I know and can help my colleagues in the process. I have certainly done this in the past, especially at Housing Design. Maybe I should think about doing it at a professional level.
this is a problem of mine. I've been known to backdown in the face of competition before. This is is definitely something I need to work on.
I don't know how relevant this is to me since I don't own my own business. Either way, I strive to live a contradiction-free life.
I have set forth several goals to accomplish while I'm here, and they are pretty big ones. This step is essential to self development.
"different people might perceive us in different ways and there is the right way, and there is the their way." This resinates loudly. Too often, after receiving feedback, I tend to believe I am truly the way a person perceives me. Even if it's not who I am. My experience abroad will strengthen my idea of myself and allow me to better discern various feedback validity.