Why your personal development plan will fail

by Marc Parham, Small Business Expert, CAPBuilder Network Group, Marcp@capbuildernetwork.com,

Most personal development plans will fail for this one reason.

A Personal development requires you to create a plan that incorporates both short-term and long-term achievable goals. You will be able to break major goals into small achievable daily responsibilities that impact the greater future. Plus, committing to goals that you’ve personally set is much easier than those imposed on you.

The idea of developing a personal  development plan might seem a bit too much, especially if you’re already in a good position. But having a plan – more specifically, a written list of  development activities – is important.

Boosts your motivation

A personal development plan helps you beware of your strengths and weaknesses and how they impact the organization. With this knowledge, you can learn how to act more productively. Observing the positive outcome of your personal growth boosts your confidence and motivates you to achieve even more.

Be Specific

We all know that objectives should be SMART, but the “S” for “Specific” in development terms should be really specific. The reason most development plans fail is because they’re too generalised. For example, instead of saying you need to “develop your communication skills”, focus on the real challenge – for example, maybe you need to improve your grammar or you need to work on your body language.

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