Wouldn’t it be great if you had a clear, well-thought out, written plan for everything you want to accomplish in life? A Personal Development Plan is just that-it’s a blueprint that you create for your life based on what’s important to you.
A well-written, specific Personal Development Plan typically reflects your sense of personal awareness in terms of what you want to do with your life in areas such as education, relationships, health and your career or business.
Having a Personal Development Plan shows that you’re conscious of your own wants, needs, and values and that you’ve thought about how you want your life to progress.
An important aspect of a Personal Development Plan is creating goals for the future that you plan to achieve.
To get an idea of a Personal Development Plan, think about how your boss evaluates you at work, or if you operate a business of your own, consider evaluations you’ve seen of businesses similar to yours. Early evaluations of an individual’s career progress by their supervisor often include goal-setting, tasks, projects, and skills that a supervisor hopes they’ll develop over the next year.
Evaluations of a business can include marketing, operations and financial subjects, along with suggestions on how to improve the bottom line and achieve greater customer satisfaction.
A Personal Development Plan is similar-but it’s just developed by you for you and encompasses all aspects of your life-education, relationships, career, health, and any other areas you’d like to include.
Suggested Time Frames for Your Personal Development Plan with Examples
When you’re designing a Personal Development Plan, it’s easier if you focus on the next year. Establish goals you want to accomplish over the following 12 months in each of the areas of your life you hope to achieve personal growth.
Take a look at this brief example of some points that might be included in a one-year Personal Development Plan:
1. Relationship goals. Get to know and establish two good friends in the city. Work on accepting more dates when I’m asked.
2. Education goals. Contact local colleges to take a look at the art courses and training programs they offer. Sign up for and complete the Dale Carnegie Public Speaking course.
3. Career goals. Talk with supervisor about the special project I want to start this year. Achieve at least three of the four goals my supervisor set for me (by year’s end). Request meeting with supervisor to discuss the job milestones I must achieve to receive a promotion.
4. Health goals. Check in with my doctor regarding the results of my last physical exam, or locate a community health center and schedule a physical. Determine areas to work in – physical strength, aerobic capacity, and flexibility.
Keep in mind that the more specific you are when writing your plans, the more focused your actions can be in working toward accomplishing your goals.
Next, ponder your five-year Personal Development Plan. What’s nice about the five-year plan is that you can accomplish some pretty awesome and life-changing goals in that period of time.
Examine these examples of goals for a five-year Personal Development Plan:
1. Relationship goals. Make efforts to develop a serious relationship by talking with my partner. Discuss my wants and needs for the future. Read one book a year about how to have a healthy love relationship and develop my best personal qualities.
2. Education goals. Check with three online college programs to find the one most compatible with my professional, financial and time requirements. Then, complete my last two years of college so I can earn my bachelors’ degree.
3. Career goals. Apply for up to three entry-level positions in accounting after completing my bachelors’ degree in accounting. Focus on finding work at a large corporation so more advancement opportunities will be available.
4. Miscellaneous personal goals. Research three to five major cities where corporations I’d like to work are located. Narrow cities to two and visit each one to check out the city’s layout and neighborhoods. Determine which area to first apply for work.
Perhaps it’s time to create a plan and get your life on track by designing a Personal Development Plan. In your plan, include information related to relationships, education, personal growth, and career and the goals you wish to strive for in each area.
Discover the incredible personal growth you can achieve throughout your life by creating a Personal Development Plan.