Personal and Professional Development Word Count: 555 Summary: Personal and professional development is an area which requires daily and constant improvemnt. With the proper resources and careful planning you can excel and acheive your goals. Keywords: Personal Development, Professional Development Article Body: Personal and professional development is an area in which everyone needs to improve. The most successful people continually strive to improve themselves. Personal and professional development carries over in each aspect of your life. There are personal skills that you may learn that will help you in professional situations. Likewise, there are professional skills that will help you in personal situations. Anyone who is career minded and wants to advance in their chosen field or change the field in which they are in should look carefully into personal and professional development to see how this could assist them in accomplishing their goals. Personal and professional development starts with identifying the areas in which you want to excel but currently are not. Take a long look at where you are now and where you want to be. This is the first step in personal and professional development. Then, discuss your goals with your employer. This is a great way to get feedback on areas of your career. It accomplishes two goals. First, it puts your employer on notice that you have goals and ambitions and that you are ready and willing to make changes to accomplish those goals. It also allows you the opportunity to get valuable feedback and possible assistance from your employer. Perhaps there are courses your boss can recommend and ways that you can improve. This insight can be invaluable to your personal and professional development. Find ways to accomplish your personal and professional development. This is a great time to look into classes that will help you advance in your career. Management courses, motivational classes and practical advancement classes will all help you in your professional career and you will also learn valuable tools that will transcend your professional life and help you with your personal life as well. Personal and professional development is a continuing process. Regularly evaluate where you are and where you want to be and make an effort to get there by setting short term goals. Parenting classes are a great way to assist in your personal development. However, they also teach certain skills such as anger management, negotiation and patience that will help in your professional life, especially in a managerial or supervisory position. Do not discount the benefits of personal experience that can be translated into the professional world. Often the skills learned in personal life will help you greatly in your professional. Personal and professional development goes hand in hand. It is rare to find someone who has it all together in their home life but is a mess in their professional life or vice versa. Most people have specific areas that need improvement and you can see the effects of these deficiencies in both areas of their life. Seeing personal and professional development in your life will also instill a sense of self worth and higher self esteem. It will give you the confidence that you need to be able to ask for that raise or submit your application for a better job. You will begin to see your life improving professionally, which will often lead to a more stable and worthwhile home life. People who have a chaotic personal life will often be distracted and edgy at work. Personal and professional development definitely is related and one area influences the other quite often.