We are blessed to have four wonderful grandchildren, who are as different as night and day. While they have similar interests, they have different gifts and talents. As their grandparent, I enjoy listening to them share their hopes and dreams.
One of our grandchildren shares my love for music. He plays the saxophone. During a recent conversation, he told me he was trying out for the jazz ensemble. Of course he was very excited, but also very nervous.
He said, “Grandmother, I am not sure if I’m good enough.” He then said, “I have been practicing but I am nervous.” Well, you know what happened next. Yes, I began to coach my grandson. I took off my grandmother hat and put on my coach hat.
After a series of questions, we developed an action plan to help him achieve his goal. The plan included the type of music to practice, a practice schedule, family concert, and video. (Yes, a video to self-assess progress.) As we wrapped up our conversation, my grandson felt better.
You may be wondering, why is it important to develop a personal growth plan now that you are in the chair? After all, your hard work is what put you in there. So why not just continue doing what you have been doing?
Why do I need a personal growth plan???
While it is true your hard work has gotten you to this point, what got you here will not keep you here. You can work hard and not reach your full potential. Winston Churchill said, “Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.”
So how do we grow as leaders? It starts with developing a personal growth plan.
What is a personal growth plan? Like a business plan created to achieve organizational goals, your personal growth plan is the steps you will take to reach your desired goals.
Where do you begin? Follow the plan you would use in you organization. Answer the following questions:
- What do I really want? Develop a personal vision and mission statement.
- What is my current state? Identify your strengths and weakness. Realistically assess your performance.
- What resources do I currently have to help me achieve my goals? Reach out to your mentors and seek wise counsel. Dust off the books on your bookshelves.
- What resources should I tap into? Research topics aligned with your goals. Invest in yourself, i.e. conferences, mastermind groups, blogs and additional sources, to drive you towards your goal.
Now you have the components to write your plan.
You’re in the chair now, will you take the steps necessary to develop your personal growth plan?
Kim D. Moore
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