A personal development plan is one of the most effective tools for students and professionals who want to achieve excellence in their respective fields. It utilizes the concept of reflection to enable one keep track of the steps they have made to acquire skills and knowledge. It enables one to keep track of the changes required in their life and the weak spots requiring improvement. The plan provides a gauge for a person to see their progress, and determine the skills to be achieved in the future. It aids in the achievement of personal and professional development goals. This is because success requires planning and goal setting. The goals set in the plan have to be clear and measurable.
Review of the initial PDP
According to my initial PDP, communication and social skills acquisition was the main goal for the semester. I had planned to communicate more with my instructors in the areas of my weaknesses. The utilization of the instructors’ office hours and the taking of extra time to get in touch with them enabled deeper understanding of the concepts taught in class. This was the main change that I had to make. During this semester, I have been able to increase the amount of time spent with instructors on learning after classes and ensured that I go over everything I learned in class. If there was a point or an idea that needed clarification, I have been leaving it to myself to talk to the teacher in order to understand the concept before the next class.
Social development was also a significant part of my PDP; I discovered that I lack soft skills in relation to other people. The importance of these skills in the work place is significant, and I required developing them in order to avoid the skill mismatch in the workplace (Zenger and Folkman, 2009, p. 137). The improvement of interaction with other people was one of the main goals of my PDP. During this semester, I have changed how I relate with people by leaving more time for the interaction with them. I was able to achieve this by seeking an elective post as a representative in one of the professional clubs at the school. Acquiring this leadership position was important for my development of leadership skills. The acquisition of this post has also helped me develop communication skills since I had to communicate the needs and issues of the club members to the club leaders. It has also made me a good listener and a more focused person due to having other responsibilities besides schoolwork.
I also intended to improve my social interactions inside and outside the campus. One effective way that I chose to achieve this goal was getting involved in extra-curricular activities. Choosing a sport or a club was not easy because I am not too athletic. However, I knew the importance of this and thus decided to join the badminton team and have become an active and competent badminton player over time. Having an extra-curricular activity and a social group outside of classroom has enabled me to deal with stress more effectively. It has also allowed me to relax actively and to live a more productive life. Joining the badminton team has proved to be helpful and beneficial in many ways.
On the issue of time management, I planned a weekly schedule of the things I would be doing every week in order to make sure that I was not falling behind on time. The weekly schedules have been effective but I have had problems achieving some of the overall goals set for the semester. The time schedule has been a difficult one to follow due to overcrowding and poor execution. Some of the milestones that had to be achieved by the end of the semester such as reading inspirational books have not been completed. The schedule made for the reading of inspirational literature has been too overcrowded, and I have only achieved half of what I had planned. According to Zenger and Folkman (2009), Inspirational literature is very important for motivation (p. 24). My inability to finish the reading plan is bothering and discouraging. This highlights a time management problem that I have to take into account in the next personal development plan.
A reflection on my performance
My academic performance during the semester has been at par with other semesters. There has not been any considerable difference in my performance, which is not satisfactory. I intended to improve my GPA performance every semester in order to graduate with honors. Therefore, more needs to be done and dedicating more time to studying is necessary. According to my PDP, I required to achieve an average of 70% in all the tests and assignments before the end of the semester. The more time spent consulting the lecturers and instructors has only had a marginal effect on my performance. This implies that more time should be spent on doing so in order to achieve the desired results. One of my instructors said that what I needed was more practice as opposed to theory. Changes in the amount of practice required have not been implemented effectively since the results have not been satisfactory.
Gaining hands-on experience in the field has been an important factor and determinant of success. I intended to work part time during my free time to gain experience and practice in the field to aid the theory learned in class. This step has only been partially achieved because I could not secure employment in my field of specialization. The job I acquired was in car sales, which is not what I consider perfect for the practicing of the skills learned in my course of study. I actually spent more time than the experience I gained was worth. Yet in my next PDP I will surely include more time for finding suitable work to ensure that experience is gained in the perfect field and the perfect job.
Overall, I have learned that I have potential I have not been utilizing. Previously, I could not find time to engage in other activities besides class work, yet I did not perform exceptionally well. I have discovered that I can live a more holistic life without compromising the time spent on studies. Planning has enabled me to visualize what needs to be achieved and decide how to achieve it. I learned that my poor performance in school has been the result of little or no practice. It has also shown me that personal skills are important, and they are not as difficult to learn as I thought earlier.
PDP for the next four semesters
My current performance level is average and needs to be improved by the end of the semester to ensure that I graduate with honors. Therefore, more time will have to be spent on activities that improve the amount of knowledge gained during class time and outside of class. Practice is also required; therefore, the time spent practicing the learned skills will have to be increased over the next four semesters. My academic performance is the most important aspect of my studies, thus more time will be dedicated to it alongside the inclusion of other activities such as sports. I will keep a record of the activities that I am involved in concerning work experience, personal character development, and other life experiences. The main aim of the plan will be to achieve the knowledge and skills that will match the market requirements (Fry, 2009, p. 120).
The plan will also integrate academic development with personal development. Personal learning activities such as spending more time in the library conducting research on some important aspects of my professional field will also be considered. This means that I will require dedicating more time to find work that is in line with my field. This learning experience will be aimed at learning from other people and encompassing the learned ideas and methods into my skill set (Niven, 2006, p. 295). Developmental changes are necessary to ensure improvements in the overall well-being of my career prospects. I will undertake more involvement in social activities and situations to develop confidence. The goal is to attend at least one social event every two weeks. In addition, acquisition of leadership and interpersonal skills will be given proper attention since these skills are what the professional world requires.
Establishment of learning habits will become a major part of the plan since life is all about continuous learning (Fry, 2009, p. 124). Motivational literature will form a significant part of my learning culture and habits. I will improve my time management skills to ensure that I read two or more motivational books every month. In order to improve my employment prospects and recognize the weak points I need to work on, I will ask one teacher to become my mentor. I will then make sure that I meet with the teacher at least once a semester. During these meetings with the teacher, I will ask for feedback on my career prospects in the field and the type of skills I need to work on. I will also ensure that the teacher gets a chance to criticize my efforts and improvements, and suggest areas for improvement.
Another important aspect of life that has to be included in the development plan is the achievement of financial goals. This is one of my main weaknesses and it was not included in the previous PDP. The goal is to achieve financial freedom and independence by the end of the four semesters. This will be achieved by ensuring that I obtain the habit of saving money. I will save half of the money that I earn during holidays. Doing so I aim to save at least $ 5,000 every year. These savings will be used to cover living expenses upon completion of my course of study until I get a permanent job. This goal will be achieved by ensuring that I change my spending habits to only spend on the necessary things. Avoidance of unnecessary and non-value adding activities will be the main weapon against excessive expenditures.
The personal development plan is very important in enabling the tracking of developmental changes that are necessary for the achievement of set goals. Planning is very important since it provides a medium for a person to set goals and decide how they will have to be achieved. My personal development plan will…
Personal development goals mean to access the inbuilt powers of body and soul. Personally developed people do productive things. They know the power of good qualities. Personal Qualities help a person to grow in life. Developed people are aware about their skills and qualities.
A developed person consistently does the hard work to convert weakness into strengths. People who know their responsibilities(family, relationships, village, nation, world or people who know theimportance of goal setting in life are more successful than others. Average people often create resolutions in beginning of each year. They do goal setting and create plans and process to follow. But some of fail to follow.
Failure is a part of life. A person can grow after failure by setting personal development goals. Any failure will be successful if he/she follows their goal setting worksheet. There are hundreds of obstacles in the path but developed persons clear those obstacles by doing consistent hard work with focused approach towards their goals. Economic development, social development, health development, environmental development, skill development etc. all are depend on personal development. One developed person can develop thousands of persons.
We all are trying, listening and seeing thousands of lectures, blogs, news etc. on development, development!, development! everywhere but nothing is happening. I think we’re (professional, entrepreneurs, students brands, business) missing one big thing. The big thing is that “We are depends on others for our own personal development”. I believe that personal development is depending on person rather than on others. Yes, social and governmental approach and policies are important too. But personal development starts by our own. I also know that family, socialism also help and support a person in their development. I even say that “outer or socialism play very important role in human development”. But first step for the personal development is taken by person (who want first own development) then family, relations, village, socialism and government can help.
You can’t teach personal development a person if he/she don’t want to learn and you can’t develop a person he/she don’t want to develop. Only interested in growth can learn, analyze, think and do the personality development courses, learn personality development skills, follow the personality development tips, can talk about personal development topics, discussion and ask question about it and set personal development goals. No one else. Other doesn’t do because they don’t know theimportance of goal setting in our life or they’re living their life or they are happy and its OK. They don’t want improvements, changes (mean growth) and they are happy. And I think don’t disturb other people or don’t force others to develop. They don’t act by listening from us or from other sources about personal development goals. To make them interested we have to act. Listen again; we have to show them, yes. May be it sound little selfish/hard/dominate able. But be like a leader, lead people in their development. Be a captain of your own souls.
For example A teacher was students, a leader once follower or if I want to help my brother or sister in their personal development or in life then I have to be developed first. I have to be a developed person first by mentally, physically, financially, socially, spiritually etc. to help other like my own brother. They learn from our actions, they learn by seeing us, but for that don’t first focus on others for your own development do not depend on government policies and never on politicians. They are speech or speechless robots. But you can learn from those people who do actions, who inspire you by actions not by speech or lectures. I think you got my point. Remember, I don’t mean that uneducated or less educated people are not developed. Development mean what is important to do ! and it is be known by a kid, school students, professional or anybody.
If you didn’t understand yet, lets see this example: What i mean to developed? or important things ?
What is important to do ? One of below known by personally developed people
1) It is important to work hard to earn money.
2) It is important to save water to live more.
3) It is important that area around you should be cleaned.
4) It is important that we know the responsibilities for family, relations, village, state, nation or for the world.
5) It is important to vote, its important to vote right candidate, its important to save electricity, it is important tosave money.It is important to plant new trees.
6) It is important to share knowledge, happiness, success and failures lessons with others. It is important to knowhow to handle tough situation in businessand life.
7) It is important to know “union is strength” , It is important to listen what your parents tell to you to do. It is important that we know the “importance of parents in our life“.
8) It is important to value parents, teachers, people, girls, kids, elders etc. and their views.
9) Is is important that we know the importance of education in our life.
10) It is important that our common sense is better, its is important to save nature, its so much important to know about the importance of above things in your personal development.
Etc. (Sorry, if i am wrong)
Developed people act on these above 9 things or similar. They don’t only goals, but they achieved all goals successfully and proudly. Because they do, important things. Do what is important!
So, what are your personal development goals? What you want to accomplish in this 2016 year, what kind of talent you want to grow in this year, what kind of development you’re doing for yourself in this year.
Set personal development goals for 2016 -2017 – 2018 … to get the highest growth in life from failure to success. Everything is possible so do the possible things.
But if you didn’t set yet or want to update your personal development goals for this year then add some of the best suited for you.
10 Personal Development Goals That Will Make You Successful
1. Believe in yourself
Believe in yourself. Believe in what you do, what you’re trying to do. No matter how difficult or impossible it is looking, it’s still possible if you consistently believing on this. If you not believe in your dreams then who can? If you can read this, think this then you can do it.
Exercise: See yourself in the mirror, check that God forget to add something in you. Do you need 4 arms, 2 brains, 4 eyes, Are you not complete human. What you’re missing. If you think you’re complete then talk to yourself about your drams and goals, tell to yourself in front of mirror that I can do it, I can make it possible, my dreams come true. Always try to talk to yourself, that I can do it, I can do it, and I can do it. I can do it. Yes, you can do it and stop worrying about othersthoughts.
2. Focus on important things first
When you’re start following your goals, you starting getting distractions. Distractions test your commitment for your goals. Never allow distractions to control your brain rather than control distractions by using the power of focus.
Exercise: List every important thing, and act, take action, don’t look here & there, look on the list, stop listening what coming to your ear, stop thinking and start acting. Take first step and keep taking 2nd and 3rd. This is practice and you can do this practice daily, hourly. One day you will become most focused person in this world.
3.Get up early in the morning
You are not on this earth for sleeping. You did not come on the earth to sleep. 4-5 hours’ sleep is important for everyone. You not want to achieve dreams; you don’t want to work on goals. Then why you created the list of goals for this year, it is for showcase or you really want to do it. If yes, then get up friends, everything is possible, your dreams come true.
“Dream is not the thing you see in sleep but is that thing that doesn’t let you sleep.” ― A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
Exercise: – Before sleeping tell to god, that i want to achieve my dreams. Tell to God that please helps me to get up early in the morning. Share your dreams, your goals, everything that you think god can help. And believe on me, friends God help you to get early, without the ring of alarm clock. But if this is not possible for you to believe then set alarm clock and practice 2-3 days until it will become one of great habits.
4.Do Exercise & Meditation
“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.–Benjamin Franklin” Yes it is right, after getting up early do the exercise and meditation. If it’s essential for you to achieve your dreams then it is really important for your personal development that you’re physical fit and fine. It’s important for your goals that you will take prize or proud in front of millions of people.
Example: 1. Wake up at 4 am 2. Drink Luke warm water. 3. Add headphone in your ear. 4. Play high speed motivational songs and act on that song. Act e.g. exercise, dance, feel, react.
5. Will Power
Will power make us determined. Will power makes determination. Everyone have the will power but only few can control this. It is your inner emotion and generated in inner. Control this power. It is must require in tough situation. Add this quality in yourself in this 2016. More info about will power
Example: Read your goals. Think about positive results. Think that you can do it. Now you start feeling positive, and passionate. so it will the right time take action towards your personality development.
If you’re not discipline to achieve your dreams then it remains in dreams only. If your goal is to be physical fit and smart then you need to get up as you decided at 4 am or 5 am. If your goal is fluent in English then follow the time you decide each day for practice. When you follow your own created rules, it means you’re disciplined. So, add the discipline in your personal development goal setting for 2016.
Example: 1) Create time table or schedule for your daily task. 2) Talk to your wife-husband, talk to your parents that please remind me or please encourage me if sometime I feel negative about my goals. And also tell them if sometime I feel distracted or not acting what I schedule then treat me like a school boy, student.
7. Control on Emotions
Emotions are the force behind our actions. You did goal setting because of emotions. You’re reading on this blog because of emotions. You’re feeling actions because of emotions. When everything you do is because of emotions, and then why not uses these emotions to make dreams come true. Why not use these emotions to act, why not convert lazy emotions into productive actions. Control on emotions gives us immense power. That helps us to grow, positive feeling, and productivity actions in our personal life. So, add controlled emotions into your personality in 2016.
Example: 1) Ignore negative people. Do not think on or act on negative news or comment. 2) Do not act on the things you’re listening, seeing until it is not important to act. 3) Live and work in the silent place distraction free place.
8. Complete Each Days Goals
Don’t’ sleep until you not completed the daily goals or task. Don’t worry about the results, it is negative or positive. Do it with honesty. It makes you productive. Make this habit and it will help in achieving your goals within time.
Example: 1) Use sticky notes, mobile apps or any other tool that remind you about your daily goals and tasks. 2) Add motivational quotes wallpaper in your desktop and mobile screen.
9. Punish Yourself
If you’re not following your set rules of goal setting worksheet then punish yourself for indiscipline.
Example: Don’t eat or drink or watch TV or use Facebook, stop every entertainment until you not done next task.
10. Believe on God
God is your best friend. Do the meeting with god every day. Tell to God that please give me the power and knowledge to complete today’s task with quality and successfully.
Example: 1) Walk in the nature, See birds. See waterfalls, see this sun, see the mountains. Everything in this nature is the imagination God and hard work of thousands people. Learn lesson.
2) Always think positive, always talk to yourself.
3) You can also visit Temple, Masjid, Gurudwara, Church to find peace of mind.
Follow any one quality and other qualities come automatically into you. For example: To install any software in computer we only play “setup file” or one file and other files installed by that one file. It’s simple.
Keep acting on your goals. Be aware about the changes happening in your career and personal life. Keep learning daily. And try to execute lessons you learned each day from various resources.
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