We often consider our careers and personal development training to be one continuous process, similar to a river that flows continuously. But if you’re swimming in that river, you’ll need to stop every now and then to catch your breath. Creating a personal development plan is similar to taking a deep breath. Keep reading the post to learn more.
Purpose of a Personal Development Plan
Imagine asking a contractor to build your new house and getting the response, “We don’t need a plan, we’ll figure it out as we go.” You wouldn’t stand for it for a second. So, why do so many of us live our lives in this manner?
We have aspirations and dreams most of the time, but we rarely stop to think about our future in detail. A personal development plan helps you know where you’re going and how to get there. For starters, you’ll have more clarity in your thinking and will know exactly where you want to be. Furthermore, it will provide you with the assurance that you are moving in the right direction on a daily basis. Efforts will feel more deliberate, and decisions will be easier to make because you’ll have a clear benchmark.
Steps to create a Personal Development Plan
The process of creating your plan can take a long time. This is completely normal, and you should take your time. However, it’s a good idea to think about a deadline. After all, tasks are fluid in the sense that they take up as much space as you give them.
Step 1: Clear your Vision
You must begin with the end goal in mind. Consider what’s on the other side when developing your personal development strategy. Consider your future life. Choose a time frame that works for you; if you are still in your twenties, 3 or 5 years from now is sufficient.
Step 2: Identify your Strengths and Areas for Development
You’ve decided where you want to go; now let’s look at the options for getting there.
First, consider what you already have going for you: what are your strengths and skills that are relevant to your dream? If you want to change careers, your natural networking skills will help you get to know the industry faster.
Step 3: Create a personal development plan.
Let’s get into the details now that you have a clear direction. The key here is to focus on specific future actions.
You begin by establishing specific projects. What do you need to complete them?
What materials will you require? Books to read, courses to take, software to download…
Who are the people who will assist you? Friends, mentors, and the like.
What will success entail? Establish specific criteria for measuring this.
What is the deadline? Set a general deadline or milestones for various parts of the project.
Step 4: Evaluate and modify
“Plans are useless, but planning is indispensable,” President Eisenhower once said. The value of a personal development plan is in gaining clarity by answering questions about your future. However, it is not set in stone. After all, life moves quickly, and we must adapt. That is why it is critical to review and adapt.
Taking a look around and ensuring you know what you’re after is critical, and it can be quite refreshing. I felt energised and ready to face any challenge when I created my personal professional development plan. I was certain I knew what I was doing, which gave me the confidence to pursue my vision.