Creating a personal development plan can serve as a very powerful tool to help you define and realize your personal and professional ambitions.
To ensure that you get the best out your plan; you should make sure that it is realistic, simple, and one that you can stick to not just now, but over months and years ahead. Let’s take a quick look at benefits of having a personal developing plan.
Why do you need a personal development plan?
- • To provide clarity on the milestones to be achieved and gives a clear idea about actions needed and targets to be achieved.
- • It offers a sense of motivation and helps you identify things that are really important to you.
- • Helps you come up with a plan of action.
- • A well-structured PDP can help you track your performance as it provides reference to your failures and successes.
- • Promotes better stress management.
- • Improves planning, decision-making, and problem-solving skills
- • Increase motivation and self-confidence.
So, where do I start?
The process of designing a personal development plan can be summed up in four simple points.
- Evaluate your current position in terms of personal development
- Decide where you want to be in 1, 5 and 10 years from now
- Create a plan and get there
- Execute your plan.
More specifically, you need to take a closer look at the following;
Your character traits define the kind of a person you are and how you relate and respond to different situations. Find out the kind of positive traits you may and built on them. In addition, identify and list any negative traits about you, and come with ways to overcome them.
Your attitude is basically a reflection of your perception and state of mind about a person, situation, or an object. Just like with character, people have both negative and positive attitude. The rule of thumb is to always strive to encourage more of the positive and weed out the negative.
Examples of positive attitudes can come with statements like “Every problem is an opportunity in disguise”, or “I have all takes to handle anything that life throws at me”. On the contrary, negative attitudes can sneak into your subconscious through thoughts like “Its never going to get better”, or “I am always surrounded by inept and stupid people”.
Habits are routines of behavior that you repeat over and over again, in most cases subconsciously. Good habits will get you closer to your goals, while bad ones will move you further away from them. Just like there are positive habits that will make you thin, healthy or rich, there are positive habits that can help you easily achieve your personal development goals.
The habits of meditation and gratitude focus on the presence or good one to keep as you ditch the habits of always comparing yourself with others, overanalyzing your decisions etc.
Your beliefs are reflected in what you think about reality. They influence the way you behave and related to others. Positive believes can expand your imagination and possibilities, while negative beliefs can greatly limit your opportunities and restrict what you think you can do.
Personal development goals: You can set your personal goals by looking at the above points.
- • Write down 5-50 personal goals important to you.
- • Take a close look at your list and prioritize what you would like to start with.
- • Identify your strengths and write down how they can help you achieve your goals.
- • Lastly, keep track of your progress and always look back on your achievements for inspiration.
Don’t be fooled by how I have summarized the “goal setting” component. After personal evaluation, clear goals and targets are the most critical tools that can help you stick to your plan and dreams.
So have clear, simple, realistic goals written down with timelines tagged to them.