The free personal development plan template below can be used to help you successfully map out and reach your desired goals.
Have you ever thought “I want a better relationship”, “I want a new job”, “I want to lose weight” or “I want to be debt free”? Let’s face it at some point in our lives most of us will have said those things. So what do we do about it?
Usually we think of how daunting it would be, maybe decide to wait a while and before we know it we have forgotten about it or put them on the back burner – until something happens to trigger those thoughts again. In other words we ignore them and resume our old lives.
There is a famous saying: –
“The definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.”
or to put it another way, if something is not working change it.
All the wants you thought about you can probably have; but you should be prepared to make changes in order to get them. One of the best ways of making changes in your life is by Personal Development Planning (PDP).
What is Personal Development Planning or (PDP)?
We all have the ability to change and grow. Personal development or self-growth can be anything from :
- changing the way you dress,
- changing your diet
- changing your exercise routine
- changing your relationship
- changing your career
Personal development planning is the process we use to bring about the changes. Creating a Personal Development Plan is the start and can be the most important part of the process. The free personal development plan template we have provided can be used to help you set down your targets.
What is a Personal Development Plan?
A personal development plan is a written course of actions needed to be taken in order to achieve a desired goal or outcome. In other words it is a documented individual action plan.
There are many different techniques such as Goal setting, Action Planning or NLP; however the technique may vary what is essential is that they are structured, achievable and measurable.
How do you put together a Personal Development Plan?
A personal development plan does not have to be complicated. It can be used either for career development or for other areas of self-improvement. In the example used to show how to make a personal development plan, the goal is to buy a car.
1. What do I want / What is my goal
The first stage in the process is identifying what your goal is. This often requires carrying out some degree of self-analysis .
2. How can I achieve this?
Now you have a target, break your tasks down using the SMART approach:
Write down what you need to do to achieve your goal:
(e.g.) Before you buy a car you probably want to be able to drive. In order to drive you need a license. So the first thing you should do is get a license.
3. When will I achieve this by?
Give yourself dates to complete each action/stage. Make them achievable! For example if you can only save a certain amount per week, do not go over that figure. Success will spur you on and keep you on track.
Give yourself time to adjust for unplanned events (for example: a friend invites you to their engagement and you want to buy a present so you won’t be able to save as much that week).
Make sure you keep a check on your plan and update it regularly to stay on track.
Once you break your tasks down into realistic, achievable tasks, this principal can be used for most situations. Use the free personal development plan template below to help you identify and set down your goals.
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