If you don't know where you are going, you will not know what decisions to make when you reach a fork in the road.
Are you just letting your career happen?
Are you feeling stuck and looking for a new challenge?
Are you finding it hard to get motivated?
A lot of my clients are very clear on the strategy for the organisation or business area, they sit down each year to develop their business plan and review it on an ongoing basis. They know their key performance indicators. Yet, surprisingly, they fail to look at developing a strategy (a roadmap) for their own development journey.
When you take time to reflect on the destination, where you want to be and how you are going to get there, you become more focused. Once your focus is clear, then the energy to drive forward increases. Once drive and energy is present, success follows.
Here are some of my tips for taking the first steps to creating your development plan.
Get out an old fashioned pen and paper and take the time out to consider these questions:
What has led you to do what you are currently doing? Is your purpose clear and aligned with your values and beliefs? Have you drifted into your industry or your current role? Does it still excite you?
What are your strengths and your passions? What role or task has given you the most joy in recent months? Do you understand your purpose? Where do you want to be in 3 or 5 years’ time?
Where are your opportunities for development? What gaps do you need to fill? Now don't just think about skills training or academic achievements. Consider behavioural changes instead. What behaviours are not serving you well at the moment and which ones might you need to develop?
Recently one of my clients was extremely frustrated at work and struggling to focus on what she wanted for the future. Initially, she did a personal development plan which was quite functional. Her areas for development included delegation, assertiveness, thinking more strategically etc.
Following our coaching sessions she realised her initial areas for development were only a symptom of her behaviours and not the real cause of her frustration.
When we worked deeply through a series of questions, some great thinking and discovery was carried out. As a result her business plan became more focused. By the end of the coaching sessions, she knew that when she came to the fork in the road, her destination was very clear. Moreover she was now excited about the journey and could not wait to get started.
Have you reached a fork in the road, if so, consider the questions above.