Checking Your Personal Development Progress
Phase 5 – Review progress
In large organizations or companies, a formal review of your development plan is usually done every 6 months, with maybe one or two informal reviews in between.
It’s important to take a look at the bigger picture in order to see your progress more clearly so it is not obscured by daily ups and downs. I think one of the best feelings is to look back over three or six months effort and to see how far you have come.
You may have set up some kind of reward associated with the big review or each mini-review. Have fun and celebrate your successes, however small. In the long run, it is perseverance that counts, not speed.
Reviewing your progress is much like phase 1 where you checked out your starting point. You may want to consider getting feedback from the same people to check how effective they think your efforts have been.
Checking your progress allows you to reflect on what is working and what is not, so you can adjust your actions or change course if you are not achieving what you want. You may discover that you need to work on more things than you thought or that it is taking longer than expected to reach your goals – that’s okay. The best project managers take account of such variations and amend their plans accordingly.
Developing your own personal development plan and following through on it is one of the most satisfying things you can do. The feeling that you have completed something worthwhile it builds your self confidence and boosts your self-esteem in addition to the goals you have achieved!
It can be hard at times, but then nothing worthwhile comes without work. The key to the whole process is to take it one step at a time. If you feel yourself getting overwhelmed, it is simply a sign that you are taking on too much. Take it slowly but surely and you will reap the rewards.
The best of luck to you in your personal development!
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