Wouldn’t it be awesome if you had a written plan for everything you want to accomplish in life? A Personal Development Plan (PDP) is just that – it’s a blueprint for your life based on what’s important to you.
It’s never too late to start one and you don’t need any fancy schmancy thingamabob to create it either. You can just pick up a notebook and get started.
Now, I hear you saying, “But Kesh, nothing ever goes as planned!”
I can see how you feel that way. Life happens right?! But to that I say…
If you don’t have a plan in the first place, how do you know what to aim for and how to measure your success?
Failing to plan is planning to fail. ~Alan Lakein
Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort. ~Paul J. Meyer
Creating your Personal Development Plan (PDP)
A well-written PDP reflects your sense of personal awareness in terms of what you want to do with your life in areas such as education, relationships, and career.
Simply having one demonstrates you’re conscious of your own wants, needs, and values and that you’ve thought about how you lovingly desire your life to progress.
Think about how a boss evaluates her employee at work. The early evaluations of work progress by a supervisor often include goal-setting, tasks, projects, and skills she hopes her employee will develop over the next period.
A PDF is similar; it’s just developed by you for you and encompasses all aspects of your life i.e. education, relationships, career, business, and any other areas you’d like to include.
When you’re first designing a Personal Development Plan, it’s easier if you focus on the next year or so.
Create some goals you want to accomplish over the next 12 months, especially in the areas you hope to achieve the most personal growth.
Here are some examples of things that might be included in your short term PDP:
- Relationship goals. Get to know and establish a friendship with 2 new people in my area. Work on co-creating a better relationship with my siblings. Date myself first. Read one book a year about how to have a healthy loving relationship.
- Education goals. Sign up for and complete a painting course. Learn how to play the guitar. Get a master’s in digital marketing.
- Career goals. Talk with my supervisor about the special project I want to start this year.Achieve the goals my supervisor set for me. Request a meeting with my supervisor to discuss the job milestones I must achieve to receive a promotion. Focus on finding work at a large corporation so more advancement opportunities will be available.
- Business goals. Talk to my mentor to help me start a catering business. Find three people who are successful in business and interview them on how they got started. Make $20k this year from group coaching.
You get it now right?! Another thing to note is that you want to be as specific as possible. Write down names and contact information if you mention people. Put dates on specific tasks. Add notes and other supplementary materials that may help you achieve a goal.
The more specific you are when writing your plans, the more focused your actions can be in working toward accomplishing your goals.
Talk to me…
Do you have some version of a personal development plan? Do you review it often and keep it updated?
If not, get started today and get your life together by creating a PDP. You’ll thank me later. 😉