Create a Personal Development Plan
With so much to consider for your personal development, having a plan is an essential piece of the puzzle towards achieving your ambitions.
Without a plan, it won’t be 100% clear what direction and what steps to take towards those ambitions.
Your plan doesn’t need to be dozens of pages long, or take weeks to put together. But you do need to spend a good amount of time contemplating what your ambition are, what drives you, and what you care about.
Why you need a Personal Development Plan
- It helps clarify your ideas around what your ambitions are
- You define what success looks like to you
- It gives you an ‘outline’ for a direction in life
- Only you know what you really want to achieve, but having it only in your head can cause confusion – our minds can play tricks on us
Your Personal Development Plan is NOT . . .
- A wide ranging, rambling, non-specific document
- To be done once, never to be looked at again
Elements of a Personal Development Plan
- A Vision
- Your Why
- A list of your current skills and abilities
- Helps to build Self Awareness
- Pathways to follow
- Actions and tracking
The process – how to writing your Personal Development Plan
- Identify what Life Areas are is important to you
- Have and write down your Vision
- Do a SWOT analysis
- Do some Backcast
- Assess your Current status & situation
- Map a pathway forward, from your current situation. Identify the skills you need to to fulfil the pathway ahead
- Write a Skills learning plan
- Set out your Goals and Actions that are needed along the pathway, to achieve the Vision
- Track & evaluate your progress
Writing a PDP is a very powerful exercise that gives you much better understanding of yourself and your ambitions. Even if you do this just once, the PDP process is sure to benefit you in the short and medium term. For long term benefits, do a full review of your PDP every year.
Focusing on your own individual personal development plan enhances the qualities you hold within you and makes your dreams and aspirations turn into a reality. Your potential is limitless and investing in personal development is a way to harness your many talents.
Whether you're starting out in your career, chasing that next promotion or just looking to grow professionally, a personal development plan (PDP) can help you along the way. A PDP is a framework where you identify your strengths, weaknesses and career ambitions, which are then used to build personal development goals, aimed to help you grow and improve in key capabilities or upskill in certain areas.
Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be broke, fat, lazy, or stupid. Those things are what happen when you don't have a plan! - Larry Winget Before I share with you a powerful personal development plan example, I want you to fully understand why it is important to have a personal development plan.