1 Way You’re Sabotaging Your Professional Development (& How to Fix It)

Imagine with me:

You’re at a one of the Lancaster Young Professionals’ Personal and Professional Development (P&PD) seminars, and, you feel like the materials covered are insightful, inspiring, and challenging.

You take notes, ask questions, enjoy discussions with your table-mates, and even approach the speaker afterwards to thank him or her.

As the days and weeks pass, however, you discover that those once passionately taken notes, which you wrote at the time to intentionally remind yourself of the valuable lessons you learned at the event, get lost in the shuffle of all the free-floating papers and digital content you sift through in your daily life. All the mail, files, emails, and messages in your daily life become of much higher priority, and the notes you took so diligently eventually, without any malicious intent, get tossed in your waste bin.

“Next time,” you tell yourself. “Next time I’ll find a better home for these and follow up on the notes.”

Have you ever experienced this?

If you have, you’re not alone. I myself have done that many a time, but I’ve learned to put a stop to it by taking measures after events that help me plan for and implement the lessons learned at those events in the months and years to come. So, let’s take a look at what is happening when you inadvertently do away with your notes from events.

How to Sabotage Your Development

A simple answer as to how you may be sabotaging your overall development is this: you aren’t thoughtfully considering your life and career goals before attending a P&PD event.

Here at the Lancaster Young Professionals, we truly value professionally and personally developing our members. Focusing on both allows us to add value to the whole of an individual. If you truly desire to develop yourself on a personal and professional level, too, it’s important to do this one thing.

How to Take Back Control of Your Development

Answer this question:

Why do you get out of bed in the morning?

This is surely a deep question that numerous people have difficulty answering. But, don’t worry. There is a strategic way you can answer this question with confidence and plan for and implement how to make the answer to that question meaningful in your life.

Simon Sinek, author of Start With Why, explains in his book the importance of finding your, “Why.” He gave a TED Talk about this topic, and it is one of the most popular TED Talks to date. In his book on the topic, he asks questions such as, “What makes you do what you do?” and, “Why do you do what you do?” He offers readers a beautiful perspective into why it’s so important to find your own personal, “Why,” as well as your professional, “Why.”


Simon Sinek | Simon’s Welcome to Start With Why

He has a follow-up book called, Find Your Why. This book takes readers to the next level by allowing them to workshop their way to finding their, “Why,” whether related to personal or professional endeavors. I highly recommend it. I have gone through the book myself and found deep meaning in my own, “Why Discovery,” process.

Are you interested in learning more about how you can personally and professionally develop yourself? Make sure to follow us on our website, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram so that you can RSVP to all our P&PD seminars!


Mary Barba - Lancaster Young ProfessionalsBlog Author: Mary Barba
Board at Large, Lancaster Young Professionals
Principal, Barba Digital Solutions LLC

Mary Barba is the Principal at her firm Barba Digital Solutions LLC, which offers B2B digital marketing services.  Mary earned her Bachelor of Science from Drexel University in Philadelphia in 2015. Now, as the newest member of the Master of Science online program in Digital Marketing at the Digital Marketing Institute located in Ireland, Mary strives to offer her clients and the Lancaster Young Professionals more powerful digital marketing strategies to meet their business objectives. As a Board Member at the Lancaster Young Professionals, Mary actively volunteers her time on the Marketing Committee (January 2018-Present) and Community Service Committee (March 2017-Present).