Do you feel lost and aimless sometimes? This is something that happens more commonly than you think with other people too. So you are not alone in this and it can be fixed. When we talk about the course of our professional career this feeling can have impacting effects, but, if we realize what might be missing and work it out with time and patience, everything lines up on the right track.
So why is a development plan so important? Keep reading the article to find out!
Personal and professional goals
The truth is that the market is more demanding and not everyone is prepared to overcome the rocks that lay in their paths. So, first of all, let’s reflect on what we really want and what matters to us as individuals and as professionals.
We can be led sometimes down to paths that we didn’t expect because they were easier and more straightforward. But, stop for one second and think “is this really what I want for me?” and even more importantly “do I need this for myself to achieve what I want?”
Setting goals will allow you to, on one hand, think about the various possibilities and, finally, select those that best fit your career. This first analysis will help you think outside the box and realize many opportunities that would not otherwise have been considered.
But remember, establishing a development goals plan doesn’t just have to be done only if you’re going to change your role, or upgrade your position, or move to another city. It can happen in any circumstance as soon as you feel the need to grow in your career.
So let’s get started!
The secret is very simple. To be successful in your job you need to follow a strategy of actions and think about the possibilities you can create for yourself. To get there, we have to go beyond the basics, create new growth opportunities, and of course, have a little courage!
That’s why we should start with a self-assessment in which we identify our competencies and weaknesses, evaluate our commitment, and how far we are willing to go to take on new challenges and greater responsibilities.
This is precisely where personal development comes in: self-knowledge. Without it, it may take longer to move on to professional development, but you will still get there!
Personal and professional development
Now you might be thinking “But what’s the difference?“. The truth is that the two live intertwined. Professional development is about our ability to do our jobs efficiently and to improve our performance. To do so, we need to acquire technical and behavioral skills in order to continue our career development. On the other hand, personal development involves knowing our virtues, strengths, and limitations in order to achieve our best selves. These goals, even if they are not career-related, can also help in this matter.
Goals and objectives provide a visual map of what your future can look like. They offer a glimpse of what you can achieve if you put your mind to it! This makes it much easier to know what to do next, where to go, and what decisions to make.
We have listed some examples to serve as a basis for your strategic plan. Goals should be seen as something long-term that needs time and dedication. With an effective plan in place, it is much easier to measure the results and understand what decisions need to be made.
Examples of personal development goals:
- Read more books
- Adopt new habits
- Practice a different hobby
- Travel to a new country
- Improve your diet
- Do more exercises
- Learn a new instrument
- Undertake a training course
- Examples of professional goals:
- Learn a new language
- Take training for a particular position
- Develop leadership skills
- Learn about entrepreneurship
- Learn about investments and finance
- Go on an exchange or specialization
- Receive feedback to know what to improve
- Learn more about the company
- Learn how to manage your time
- Work on emotional intelligence
- Improve relationships at work
- To have an international experience
These are just a few examples of the immense opportunities that you can create for yourself! What has worked for a colleague of yours and improved his performance doesn’t necessarily have to work for you as well. That’s why self-knowledge is important.
Furthermore, when these goals are aligned with those of the company they help create a family-like atmosphere where everyone works together and understands their role.
Determination and focus
Now is the time to set your goals to achieve your dreams in your professional or personal life. To do this, you just have to make decisions that are aligned with a purpose. This process requires patience, dedication, and persistence. But we promise that the journey will be rewarding and liberating.
Shall we begin?