Imagine then trying to stay on top of your career while you’re there.
I don’t know what the statistics are for getting into the NBA (National Basketball Association).
I don’t know what it takes to start in the NBA.
But I know that once an athlete gets there, there are constant risks to his career: injury, losing out to someone younger or better, loss of confidence.
One success factor separates the winners from the has-been’s. Tom Brady, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and other sports legends past and present had a professional development plan that helped them go through any occasion and circumstance.
Follow their example so that you, too, can put yourself in the best place for any occasion of your career.
To he– with circumstances; I create opportunities. -Bruce Lee Tweet This!
Here’s a clip from Michael Jordan’s personal trainer of 15 years, talking about how Michael prepared off the court for his success on the court.
The Benefits of a Professional Growth Plan
How would you like to:
- Retain and sharpen old skills
- Develop new skills
- Keep up to date with trends in your industry
- Get fresh perspectives to succeed
- Expand your professional horizons and career opportunities
- Energize and renew your mind
These are just a few of the benefits of keeping on top of professional development.
How To Construct Your Professional Development Plan
Inventory Your Skills, Strengths, and Differentiated Value
What do you do better than most people?
Have you built a personal brand that stands out from the crowd?
Use the different value matrix from my article, Little Known Ways of Branding Yourself to figure these out.
Create Your Online Portfolio
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I’ve written a little about it here.
There’s no better way summarize where you’ve been and where you are than to put this resource together. In doing so, you’ll better recognize your strengths and weaknesses.
Know Your Weaknesses
Although it’s not popular to think about weaknesses these days, it’s important to evaluate where we need to improve.
And then, as Michael Jordan told his personal trainer, we can work on turning our weaknesses into strengths as we design our personal growth plan.
Go over your last review. Think about constructive criticism you’ve received this year. Write your weaknesses down.
Don’t be so defensive that you miss the opportunity to grow out of your weaknesses.
Use the SWOT strategy and Create a SWOT Alignment Plan to find areas of weaknesses and strength; to pinpoint opportunities and threats; and to build effective goals to maximize strength/opportunity while addressing weaknesses/threats.
Personal Professional Development Plan Templates
I researched a couple of excellent free resources for you to get started on your plan:
A Professional Growth Plan for Any Occasion?
Yes, a professional growth plan for any occasion.
Anything can happen in your career. Corporate downsizing, poor economic trends, new recruits who are willing to work for less than you do, younger talent. The list goes on.
If you and I are living from a place of fear, these ocean waves will seem formidable.
But we can choose to live from a place of faith, confidence, and joy when we develop our own plan for our career.
That plan is like the compass and rudder on the ship as we take to the high seas of uncertainty. They guide us through tempests of uncertainty to our success destination.
What professional growth plans have you put together for yourself?
photo credit: Pink Sherbet Photography