Self development plan for professional excellence
Self-development has in recent years emerged as an important tool for
all of us to achieve personal and professional excellence. There are
many different approaches in developing self-development plans. They all
have a few elements in common. A self-development agenda must be
achieved within a clear framework. The process should have the ultimate
goal of releasing your full potential.
A self-development plan (SDP) results from prioritising your goals,
the post, position or status you want to achieve. To accomplish the plan
you need to identify the skills, knowledge or competence to be
developed/achieved. This helps to define the appropriate development
plan to meet those perceived needs. Scheduling and timing is important
but cannot be too regimented.
Identify the aim of SDP
The aim/ objective of any development process needs to be identified.
You may be able to do this all by your own, or if not, do not hesitate
to rope in your friends, for developing such a plan. It involves:
* Narrowing down to an area of your interest
* Recognising your potential within the chosen sector
* Analysing and gaining a measure of what you are good at and
* Taking a realistic account of the organisational facts you
encounter and also developing your plans with organisational demands to
the extent possible.
Ten steps towards self-development
Undertake a personal and professional SWOT analysis. Find answers for
what are your strenghts, weaknesses opportunities and threats?
Based in that analysis, develop a personal and professional vision.
(What do you want to achieve in about five to six years from now)
Develop mission statements for your Vision (What steps should be
taken to achieve the Vision)
Evolve your long, mid-and short-term goals. When you prepare goals
and objectives, for your organisational tasks, you normally adopt the
'Smart' formula. Specific, measurable Achievable, Results, time bound.
Use the same criteria for your personal and professionals goals as well.
Have a clear-cut aim for every activity/ objective.
Must develop a burning desire-a missionary zeal-to achieve results.
Make a time-bound plan of action to achieve laid down objective.
Have an a binding faith and confidence in your abilities.
Always visualise/ expect positive results.
Express gratitude in advance for the results 'already achieved' (visualised)
Attributes of successful SDP
Some of the other noteworthy attributes of a successful SDP:
Knowledgeable and professional skills.
Positive mental attitude.
Managerial skills to get maximum results through minimum effort by
synegetic cooperation without unnecessary competition.
Charismatic Leader who places service before self.
Effective communication-prefers listening to talking.
Ethically upright and follows the highest standards of personal
ethics. Sets examples of courteous behaviour.
Does not unnecessarily criticise others, but gracefully accepts
A sense of humour. Wears a smile. Makes others too, smile as often as
Does not generate fear psychosis in others.
Plan for success
Thus, the basic ingredients of a plan for success are:
Goal setting: The most essential step is to clearly spell out what
exactly your 'aim' is.
You may call it goal or objective but it must be in consonance with
the macro-level philosophy governing the purpose of life and work.
Then stick to your aim. Never ever give up. Do not keep changing your
aim/ objective but review, if required, the courses of action to fulfil
them. Don't be a rolling stone! It is a good idea to put your aim in
writing and keep seeing it as often as possible.
Time stipulation: Always stipulate the timeframe by which you intend
achieving your objectives. Be realistic in allocating adequate time for
a particular task.
Plan of action: Evolve a well-conceived plan of action, after
evaluating the pros and cons of various options available.
Firmly believe yourself and your goal
Define your positive goal and wite it down. Continue to look your
goal as often as possible, first thing in the morning and last thing
before your go to sleep.
Plan very carefully how, when and by what means you expect to reach
the goal. Lay down a specific date giving a reasonable time for the plan
to be achieved.
Acquire necessary technical knowledge to back up your goal.
Implement plan, continuously bearing in mind your overall aim in life
and let it be guided by your 'core values'.
Maintain positive emotions, firm belief, faith and confidence with
Never, ever give up, easily.
Positive thinking is the key to development of a positive attitude,
without which the actions cannot be positive, i.e. result-oriented.
Therefore, you should think positively, speak positively, work
positively and act positively to achieve your goals and attain the
highest level of personal and professional life.
A self-development plan will definitely take you to greater heights
of success and achievements! With a self-development plan, you will
definitely, grow, develop, improve, come-up and achieve your desired
ends, provided, you undertake positive steps towards achieving your
May you achieve your cherished self-development plan and enjoy all
the best in your professional life!