How to construct a self development plan for you?
Self development, or personal development, is about developing your
own skills and knowledge so that you are continuously learning and
developing yourself. If you are committed to self development, you need
to take ownership of it by following the guidelines below:
1. Develop Leadership qualities.
2. Take responsibility for your own development.
3. Identifying your own needs for your development and improved work
4. Use a range of motivational methods, formal and informal, as
methods of self development.
5. Learn how to apply the motivation techniques.
Self development and self improvement has become an essential feature
of todays work - life.
Self development is the process of improving yourself through a
deliberate process of self motivation. This definition includes a number
of assumptions that are worth exploring.
1. It assumes that it is always possible to develop yourself, not
just your outward behaviour but also your inner thought processes and
2. It assumes that you need to organise yourself rather than
expecting other people to be responsible for your development.
3. Finally, it assumes that self development needs to be undertaken
deliberately rather than left to chance.
You are unique
You are unique and you are the most important person in the world. If
you don’t take responsibility for your own development who else will?
Indeed, who else can? Nobody else, no matter how hard they try.
The door to development is with you. It is presumed that managers are
responsible for developing their people but closer examination reveals
this is not true. Managers are responsible for providing their people
with development opportunities, but it is always up to you to take
advantage of those.
The four stages of
1. Personal audit - undertake an audit of where you are now.
2. Setting self development - Vision, Mission, Goals and objectives.
3. Identifying development needs - identifying the knowledge and
skills that are necessary to achieve your vision, mission and goals.
4. Constructing the development plan - analysing the information that
has been revealed in 1 and 3 above, and identifying the gaps. The gaps
will form the basis of your development plan.
Now you are ready to develop your personal vision. These are the
types of questions you need to ask from yourself.
* Where do I want to be in the future in the long term?
* What is my career development path?
* Do I want to continue to work for the same organisation?
* Do I need to update my skills in the light of new technology?
* Do I need to learn new management techniques?
* Do I need to develop any personal skills?
* Do I have the right balance between work and home life?
* Do I spend enough time on my favourite leisure pursuits?
* Is there anything I have always wanted to do and not done?
* Do I need to undertake any further Professional education?
You have to construct personal and professional vision, mission,
goals and objectives for you. Your personal and professional vision must
be specific. “I want to rise up and be a leader” is general.
You can define it by “I will be the CEO of a company” It is specific.
You must also use the ‘SMART’ formula. Your vision must be something
that should be “achievable” by you. It must give you “results”.
Demarcate the ‘year’ by which you can achieve your vision. This can
be constructed as follows. “Before the year 2010, I will be the CEO of a
company and make that company the most outstanding company in Sri
Based and built on your vision, develop missions for your vision.
Missions means what steps you are going to take to achieve your vision.
Example, I will complete my MBA in 2008. I would have worked in all
Departments, by that time and gained full experience to be a CEO etc.
Develop at least five such missions.
Goals and objectives
Based on your vision and mission, develop goals for them. Goals mean
what are the various actions you are going to take this year to achieve
your vision. Similarly develop objectives for your goals. Objectives
means your weekly and daily plan to achieve your goals.
Keep your vision, mission, goals and objectives in a place where you
can see them daily.
Every day, early in the morning and before you retire to bed, glance
through them and get motivated to act on them. Visualise the
achievements to follow. That means how you will enjoy and rejoice once
you achieve your vision.
Creating a vision
Creating a vision is about mentally putting yourself in the future
and looking around you to see what you have in your life at that point
of time. Think about everything you would like to have in your life and
simply draw a picture of it.
Don’t worry about your ability to draw: that is not the object of the
exercise. Your brain thinks faster than you can articulate the thought,
so drawing is the quickest way to translate your ideas into something
Self development demands the
following five basic steps:
1. A clearcut aim: What exactly do I want?
2. A deep desire to achieve you vision, the foremost essential
requirement for success.
3. A deep faith or belief in yourself and the higher self that you
will definitely succeed. The faith reinforced by confidence is a power
which will yield results.
4. To expect or visualise the successful outcome of the result, as an
upshot of your ‘burning desire’ and deeper faith on your success is
perhaps the most powerful ingredient of success.
5. An experssion of gratitude (in advance!) for getting what you have
1. Put yourself first (and others a close second)
2. Strive to improve your current performance.
3. Deliberately seek out opportunities to shine and excel.
4. Get mileage out of changes (at work, home, socially)
5. Experiment/try new or different things
6. Review experiences
7. Reach conclusions from experiences.
8. Plan to implement what has been learned.
9. Tolerate short term discomfort in the interests of longer term