What is Personal Development Planning?
Making dreams into reality
Most of us have dreams or ambitions, or at least used to! Successful people translate those dreams into reality. How do they do that?
It is accepted that writing down sound goals helps you cross over from dreams to reality. So what do you do if you maybe lack a skill or are a little under-confident about achieving something?
That’s where personal development planning comes in.
OK, so what is ‘Personal Development Planning’ then? Like so many buzz-words, it’s easy to lose sight of the real meaning. Lets look at what the individual words mean:
Personal – individual, own, special
It’s common for people to get into the “personal” part and seek to better understand themselves, their motivations, why they are where they are.
We all like to think about ourselves and indeed there are a plethora of counsellors and psychologists happy to help you on that journey of self discovery. The ‘cut to the chase’ question here is: “Do I want to know why, or do I want to develop?” Time is short – choose one and move forward.
Development – growth, improvement, advancement
As the saying goes, you don’t drive your car by looking in the rear view mirror, so why take that approach with your life?
Development comes through knowing what you want to learn or change, what you need to do to achieve that and how you will know when you have arrived.
Planning – structured preparation, ground-work, scheduling
And finally “planning”, the not-so-glamorous part that most people do anything to avoid. This is the nitty gritty of booking that course, making an appointment to see that specialist or completing some other task that will improve the quality of your
life. Why do we avoid it, when the benefits are so great?
The importance of objectivity
It’s common for people to have a ‘mental block’ when it comes to solving problems about themselves. Give them a room to decorate, a work project to complete or someone else’s problem to solve and they are great.
What is usually missing is the objectivity and emotional detachment to transfer those skills for use on yourself. This guide will help you gain that…
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