How to plan your next year of personal & professional growth


Unfortunately for people like me, reviews only happen once or twice a year. It makes sense, because the review process can be lengthy and expensive. It requires hours of time from management that could be spent elsewhere, so it’s often not prioritized. However, those of us in professional development know that the more connected employees are to their strengths within their role and the most they’re able to co-create their work experience, the more engaged and productive they are.

If you feel like your growth isn’t being prioritized to the degree you desire, it’s time for you to come to responsibility around your needs. Your manager isn’t a mind-reader, so they don’t know your intentions when it comes to developing in your role and in your company - take charge here. Don’t just fall into the reactive trap of waiting to be noticed and deemed “high potential” enough for development opportunities.

I talk to women that are up-and-coming in the workplace every single day. When I ask them what they is holding them back from the role or opportunities they desire, the response I most often receive is that they don’t feel like they have a champion in the workplace. This is both a pervasive belief and a wildly disempowering one.

Sure, having an advocate in the workplace can be a great asset. But not having one doesn’t determine your career trajectory. In fact, the most powerful advocate for you in the workplace is yourself. Take the opportunity to take charge of your growth over the next year, and others will start to see you for the leader you’ve made yourself into.

Creating your own personal & professional growth plan will:

  • Show your boss that you’re serious about contributing to the company as a whole person

  • Demonstrate your ability to take charge of situations & be responsible for the outcomes

  • Provide you a vocabulary to be your own champion during the next formal review season, by documenting the tangible growth you’ve created for yourself

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Here’s what you need to know:

  • You cannot afford to be passive with your career - you need to take ownership of your growth rather than waiting to be see as “high potential.”

  • Your growth plan should encompass all of your growth edges - we excel when we bring our full selves to the table in a healthy way.

  • Don’t worry about your plan being perfect. The value here is in imperfect action, not perfectly designed procrastination.

Have a moment? Read on to learn why this is vital to your success in the workplace.

I think most people assume that everyone dreads review season in the workplace. But this couldn’t be further from the truth for those of us who are obsessed with personal development and growth - in fact, many of us look forward to review season as an opportunity to receive valuable feedback and recognition.


So how do we do this thing?

When we take responsibility for our own growth and development, we’re able to stop seeing review season as scary or intimidating. Instead, all feedback and growth is an opportunity to bring us one step closer to the type of leader we desire to be for ourselves and for others. Use this opportunity to practice whole self leadership, and to address growth edges you see in your personal life as well. When we come to the table complete with our own challenges and ready to give, that’s when true collaborative leadership happens.

Women's life coach Laura Weldy reviews how to create a dynamic 12 month plan for your own personal & professional growth - and why it's vital that you do this!

Be a better leader: prioritize self-reflection!

Leaders often feel burnt out and stretched thin. Self-reflection has proven to be an effective tool to energize and engage leaders. Try these tips to feel more excited about your work and impact!

If you didn’t know this before, hear me now: I am a hugeeeee nerd when it comes to understanding how our minds and bodies work to create our daily experience. I’m much more likely to be found reading a research paper on a Friday night than out and about in Nashville. And sometimes I stumble across things I just HAVE to share with you…like this recent discovery that validates the entire personal development industry.

I mean, no big deal or anything. 😂

Here’s the core takeaway that I want you to know:

Research shows that leaders who practice self-reflection on a daily basis are more engaged in their work (and able to fully exude presence and leadership to others as a result).

They’re also less likely to be burnt out, AND - this is a big one - they actually feel more energized.

Even without that third cup of coffee, these leaders are energized from within about their work. Doesn’t that sound incredible? 1

Let’s break down why that matters for all of us.

We’re all on our own leadership journey, whether we have the title we’ve always wanted or not. Leadership development is an active process that requires a willingness to become more self-aware every day. On top of that not-so-light load is the fact that you’re often being asked to expand your energetic space - holding more room for new people, new ideas, and more oversight and tasks, and taking on uncomfortable situations and conversations on a daily basis.

It’s no surprise that many leaders are feeling drained, disengaged, and even overly protective of their energetic resources.

But this research shows us that the simple solutions can actually be wildly effective. You are beyond capable of holding space for all of these aspects of your role and for continuing to expand in future roles - but it’s critical that you create routines that allow you to stay in energetic alignment.

When leaders are able to switch from the reactive, hoarding, stress-filled attitude to one of proactive, engaged and generous everyone’s experience improves. Our work gets better, the work of people around us gets better, and frankly - it feels better. It’s more fun.

Adding self-reflection to your plate doesn’t need to be overwhelming. Keep it simple to reap the benefits! I’ve included some of my favorite resources below for incorporating a bit more intentionality and for making those conscious connections between your actions and the impact it has on other people, below. Give one or more of them a shot for the next week, and take note of whether you feel more energized and excited about your work!

Ideas to incorporate self-reflection into your life for massive leadership benefits:

  • Create a simple morning or evening reflection routine. Grab a piece of paper and ask yourself: What was the most impactful thing I did today? How did I show up in my power? What am I excited about nurturing or creating in the months ahead? What is one thing that makes my leadership stronger?

  • Arrive at work ten minutes early and spend that time looking over your day’s calendar. Pick one interaction to be intentional about.

  • Work with a coach to analyze your unique strengths as an individual leader, and to ensure that you’re structuring your day to day in a way that utilizes those strengths effectively. You can message me here for more information about how I can support you as your coach!

  • Pick an individual you often work with, and ask how you might be able to support them.

  • Meditate on the question: What makes me a unique leader to my community?

You need to prioritize self-reflection to be a better leader! Leaders often feel burnt out and stretched thin. Self-reflection has proven to be an effective tool to energize and engage leaders. Try these tips to feel more excited about your work and impact!

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