Are you in control of your life?
Do you want to create a personal development plan, but not sure how to go about it?
Don’t worry. Our downloadable personal development planner is a simple but effective way of putting your plan together.
Why Should I Create A Personal Development Plan or (PDP)?
Personal development planning is a structured process you can use to bring about changes in your life. Creating a personal development plan is the start and can be the most important part of the process.
Writing down something you need or you want to come true really does help you .
- A goal that’s not written down is just a wish.
- A dream written down with a date becomes a goal.
- A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan.
- A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true.
Your personal development plan is a written course of actions you need to take in order to achieve a desired goal or outcome. In other words it is a documented individual action plan.
Creating your personal development plan helps you know where you’re going and the steps you need to take to get there.
There are many different techniques including Action Planning or Goal setting. Even though the technique may vary slightly – what is vital is that they are structured, achievable and measurable.
How to create your personal development plan
Use your personal development planner to set down your targets. The first stage in the process is identifying what your goal is.
Ask yourself questions such as:
- What do I want to achieve from life?
- Exactly what kind of person do I want to be?
- What are my personal goals and ambitions?
- Am I making the right decisions to get me where I really want to be?
Perform a SWOT analysis to outline your strengths and areas for improvement. Dawn Moss has extensive human resources, career and interview coaching experience at the highest level. Her article really shows just what a powerful tool a SWOT analysis can be.
Once you have identified your goal or objective, write them down.
Transfer them to your personal development planner. Then you can identify what actions are needed for you to achieve your objectives.
Give yourself dates to complete each action/stage. Do not make unrealistic targets that you may struggle to reach. Make them achievable!
Keep a check on your plan and update it regularly to stay on track.