Back To School – The New, New Year

Back To School – The New, New Year

It’s September, and you know what that means! It’s Back To School time! Businesses across the country are promoting school-based lines and content creators are full of advice about how to make the most of the new school year.

By now, you might even be a bit sick of it. But September is more than just another calendar event to promote your business with.

Many people are using this month as a genuine opportunity to ‘go back to school’ for their business, and really improve themselves and their company for the future.

Attendance to business educational courses, workshops, seminars, business coaching and even educational networking all shoot up in September as we try to take advantage of the inspiration back to school season brings. And we’re all for it! So today, we wanted to share with just 3 of the killer benefits that personal and professional development can bring for both you and your business.

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Self-Awareness

All personal development begins with self-awareness. And by going back into an environment of learning, be it a workshop, a seminar, coaching or even e-learning, you get to know who you really are, your values, beliefs and the purpose you wish to pursue.

It might not be what you went into it for, but learning and self-development brings with it a self-awareness that is critical for the development of your business. It also helps you work out where you want to take your business, and your life, in the future. It also helps you better identify where you can improve, which is a fundamental skill for business owners.

You should always be looking for ways to improve, and part of that is being able to recognise when something isn’t as good as it could be. By being self-aware about your own skills and your business, you can take steps to drastically improve the performance of your business.

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A Sense Of Direction

With that sense of self-awareness comes an awareness of what you want to achieve with your business. Since you can never achieve anything if you don’t know what you’re trying to achieve, this one is pretty important.

Decision making becomes a lot easier, and you will find you can start to create a road map for your own success, now that you know what that success looks like. Tasks that used to take you a long time don’t even make it on to your to do list anymore, because they aren’t helping move you towards your goal.

Your goal doesn’t become something ‘extra’ to work towards once you’ve done everything else – it becomes the reason you do things, and guides every decision you make. The most successful business people are always those with a strong sense of direction and a goal to strive towards, and that is what going back to school and learning something new can do for you.

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Improved Focus

Another advantage to personal development is a greater sense of clarity. Even with that improved sense of direction, there will always be multiple tasks looking for your attention. As you improve your knowledge and skills, your focus improves and prioritisation suddenly becomes so much easier.

You’re clearer on your objectives, and you can quickly identify which task will give you the best result with the resources available to you at that moment. Improved focus and effectiveness is a natural result of knowing and playing to your strengths – which comes through continued learning and development.

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So, all in all, learning new things and improving your skills is a great thing to do all around. It can make you feel more satisfied with your skills, beat ‘imposter syndrome’, improve how you run your business and give you a sense of direction, both in your personal and business life.

At 10-12, we recognise the importance of continual learning and self-development, even if it is only in bite-sized chunks. That’s why at every one of our networking meetings, we hold break out groups, where we discuss business topics, share ideas and learn from each other.

So while it might be September now, at 10-12 we are going back to school every month! To see more, just book yourself in to visit one of our groups and meet our members. All you have to do is click here.