Love is in the air!

Although some see Valentines day as a Hallmark holiday, and to an extent I tend to agree, but the concept of taking time to honour the person in your life that you love the most isn’t all bad.  This is an extra special day for me, as it’s also my wedding anniversary.  21 years ago I married my high school sweetheart.  One of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Hopefully January was a time for reflection and forward planning, and you have some clarity about the things you’d like to achieve this year.  This month I recommend thinking about what you need to learn and practice to get there.  As the saying goes, “a goal without a plan, is just a wish”

As always, thank you for your ongoing support we are eternally grateful.
Regards Roshelle and the Decida team

What is your personal development plan for 2019?

Becoming a great decision maker doesn’t happen by itself. Like anything else you want to achieve in life it takes time, effort and (most importantly IMHO) planning to get there.   You wouldn’t expect your project to be delivered without time, effort and a plan, and your personal development goals are no different.

If treating your goals as a project to manage isn’t a part of your normal approach here’s some advice from an “achieving implementor” you may like to consider.

Step 1: Remind yourself what your goals are.  For those that didn’t get a chance to do this exercise last month use the link below to download a free Decida Universe goal setting template. Consider why your goals are important to you.

Step 2: Determine the skills, knowledge or capability you need to reach your goals.   Take stock of where you are at now.  Where are the gaps? Be brutally honest. What do you need to focus time and effort on? Review your focus areas and identify the one or two things that will have the most impact in your life.

TIP: If you aren’t sure what your areas of focus could be, try this great self assessment survey from FutureWe (more information about FutureWe to follow).

Step 3: Create your plan. List the actions you can take and when it would be practical for you to fit it into your schedule.  Think about all the different ways you can build capability, including training, coaching, reading, watching, and listening.  Remember that the most important step in learning is doing.  Practice is how you build long term retained capability.

Step 4: Execute!  Make it happen and be sure to keep track of how you are going from time to time.  Adjust your plan as you need to.  You may even need to adjust your goals as you develop new skills and knowledge, and life takes you on unexpected twists and turns.  Don’t forget to celebrate achievements!

Working with a coach is a great way to help you create and stay accountable to your plan. Feel free to reach out if you’d like to work through this process with a Decida Coach.