Self-Love Includes Career Development

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Welcome to February 2021!

Many will celebrate love on Valentine’s Day this month. I encourage you to practice more self-love this month. Self-love is an appreciation of one’s own worth. Self-love is accepting yourself, treating yourself with kindness and respect, cultivating your growth and nurturing your well-being. Self-love is prioritizing your health – physical, mental, and emotional. Self-love includes career development.

In February, we are going to take the time to get intentional about eliminating exhaustion, toxic relationships, extreme independence, procrastination, fear, confusion, and putting everyone else’s needs before your own.

Self-love includes setting healthy boundaries, challenging yourself, honoring your values, forgiving yourself, recognizing your strengths, asking for help, speaking positively to yourself and advancing your career. Self-love allows you to be assertive, celebrate your achievements, and indulge in hobbies and training.

We spend such a significant amount of time at work and because often parts of our identities are connected to our jobs that self-love must include work/life balance and career development. Shrinking and ignoring your needs keeps you stagnant. Toxic workplaces are hazardous to your health and career advancement. Healthy workplaces and work practices positively impact all areas of life. Let’s avoid professional burnout. Here are 5 ways to incorporate career development into your February self-love practice:

  1. Update your resume and cover letter
  2. Record your accomplishments
  3. Speak up in meetings
  4. Take your full lunch break and end the workday on time
  5. Hire a career coach

Join me on Instagram for my 14-Day Self-Love Includes Career Development Challenge.

This is our collective February plan:

  • Replace self-destruction with self-love.
  • Replace self-denial with self-awareness.
  • Replace self-deprivation with self-care.
  • Replace self-doubt with self-confidence.
  • Replace self-sabotage with self-preservation.

A Career Activation Strategy Session is a great way to implement career development in your self-love plan.

Nicki Sanders, MSW, CEO, is a Career and Empowerment Strategist who helps high-performing women of color in management go from overworked, underpaid, and unappreciated to energized, well paid, and appreciated. Through Nicki Sanders Leadership Consulting, she also helps businesses recruit, hire, train, and retain great employees. Nicki has an extensive background in developing and managing successful programs and leading high-functioning multi-disciplinary teams. She is an accomplished professor, coach, trainer, and group facilitator who has combined her gift for authentic relationships, Master of Social Work degree, and over 20 years of diverse work experience to create a life she loves. Nicki is a lover of cupcakes, travel, and 80’s hip hop and R&B music.

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