“Life is like a game of chess.
Personal Development Plan or Individual Development Plan is the best investment with guaranteed return irrespective of our current KRAs and titles. It’s the set of skills and attributes that strengthen or beautify our core skills if not Plan B. It is our journey of self-awareness, self-exposal and self-improvement. Preparing yourself for new opportunities, responsibilities and challenges and make your vision of future into reality.
While preparing for PDP/IDP goals, remember they are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time bound). Goals that motivate you. No one knows you better than yourself. So, it’s important for you to anticipate you will be doing tomorrow and efficiently doing it identify what skills would be needed. Most of the times, we think we are good at everything. I had the same thinking until a fine day I saw a new hire on her first day first job typing in computer at a speed of way faster than my speed, after working for years in organizations and ironically being happy with that. Point is often times we do not put our efforts consciously to improve. If we do, we advance.
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Beginning is difficult. So, be prepared for it. Have an attractive plan for the beginning. Remember, the perfect time never comes.
Five factors that can make or break your personal development plans:
Afraid of Failure
It’s completely ok to try and fail than never try at all. We everyone failed in life and will fail again at something. But let not our fear overcome our curious and experimental mind and spirit. In life, things we fear the most to do are the things we most need to do.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
Commitment and Persistency
Excellence is nothing but committed and persistent habit. There will be days when you don’t make the same progress, but the continued commitment on your part to push forward toward your goals is much better waiting for the right time to get started. Your ambition is lame without your persistency. “Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.” — Bill Bradley
Daily, weekly or monthly based on your set strategy, execute the plan and practise regularly. It works the best as long as you can incorporate your efforts in daily activities. You must be sincere and need to put conscious efforts.
Constant Reminder of the Goals
Successful people carry a positive focus irrespective of what’s going on around. To be focused, keep reminding yourself about the goals. Subscribe to newsletters, discussions, knowledge sharing of groups and forums from your professional areas. There are too many these days. Install an app on your mobile – TED, LinkedIn etc. If you use getAbstract, select your interest area. You miss to visit and you will receive an abstract of book weekly (based on your selection). This is exactly to surround with things that constantly remind you of our PDA goals. You can put a quotation at the desk or laptop wallpaper. Plan it in a way that the plan does not skip our mind.
Dependency on Others
“Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you.
You must travel it by yourself.” – Walt Whitman
Many organizations spend lot of time, money and efforts on employees’ development plan. But what is the success rate? Doesn’t it seem like a routine process? How many organizations actually measure, assess and recreate it after setting goals? Answers to these questions are not unknown to us. However, it’s not advisable that you wait for your supervisor to follow up with. Find another source – a mentor, a colleague from a different team, a friend. If not, do it yourself. Remember, this is the age of self-coaching. And you can do the job.
Sense of Urgency
“Without a sense of urgency, desire loses its value.” – Jim Rohn
To sustain an ascending growth curve, you need to treat each day like it matters. When you procrastinate, when you get excuses, when you get complacent for yesterday’s success remember you need a harder push.
Treat each opportunities to its best. Now is all we have. If it’s getting harder, remember you are getting closer to your destination.
“I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.” – Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo
So, think well and believe in yourself that you can change. Set your goals. Work on them persistently with little urgency. Check progress regularly. And discover your breakthrough.
About Faruk Rahman
Faruk has over 11 years of experience and has worked with organizations like Aon Hewitt, IBM Daksh Business Process Services Pvt. Ltd & Ex Cell IT. Faruk holds a PGDHRM from Symbiosis institute of Management Studies.