Author: Carlos Brown
My time at Tarleton State University has been a journey that helped me become a leader and a professional. Professional growth is not easy as it requires maximal effort and deep self-reflection. Knowing your why, your hopes, and your fears is the best way to grow and evolve as a professional.
In my journey, there are two things pushing me daily to give back to my community and to live up to my high personal expectations. First, I do not want to have any regrets in my life. Second, I want to make a difference in the lives of others. By using self-reflection to ensure that both these obstacles are met, I continue to grow and develop as a future employee.
Regrets can be devastating. Looking back and knowing you did not reach your full potential is not an option. At Tarleton, Kinesiology students are pushed and challenged in each class they enroll in. We are encouraged to look for professional growth opportunities, take charge in group projects, foster relationships, and learn new skills. These daily challenges have helped me develop applicable, real-world skills that I can apply in my future career. Taking personal responsibility to push myself to learn as much as I can while in this degree program will ensure that there are no regrets when I receive my degree.
Another important part of my why is the impact I can have on others. My internship at the Kinetic Performance Lab (KPL) has allowed me to make a direct positive contribution to the lives of others while helping me improve my communication, organizational, and leadership skills. By improving my communication skills I have been able to get feedback from clients, which has allowed me to make adjustments and grow as a professional. Improving the lives of my clients has played a big part in my professional development. I hope to continue to push myself, reflect on each situation that arises and continue to grow.
But, your ‘why’ can only drive you if you take time for self-reflection. Professional growth and personal growth can’t happen if one doesn’t look at themselves in the mirror. How can you become the best employee if you don’t know what areas you need to improve? Self-reflection has allowed me to develop my ‘why’ and continues to help me grow when faced with different situations.
To be the best version of yourself, one must be able to adapt to what is around them, take the good and leave the bad. My time in the TSU School of Kinesiology has showed me how important it is to know your ‘why’, continue to seek for opportunities, and grow by using self-reflection. I am a fearless champion!