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Goal Setting and Self-Development Planning for Your Career

Sarah A. Scala, M. Ed & OD, ACC
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The start of the New Year is a great time to look at your own development plan and goals! As a lifelong learner, professional in the Learning and coaching fields, and an entrepreneur, I have found it to be critical to invest both time and money into my continued development and learning. When it comes to keeping engaged and your skills sharp, finding ways to think about what and how you want to learn next is important.  Each New Year's Day I write myself a personal development plan.   

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As I reviews goals for 2018, I was pleased in my progress with achieving many goals:

  • Supporting a number of new clients

  • Launching of a new website and blog (thanks for reading, by the way)

  • Cycling 1000+ miles

  • Volunteering 20+ times

  • Learning how to edit videos

  • Reading 40+ books



Development Areas on my 2019 List Include

  • Grow my business to support more clients with Coaching, Leadership, and Change Management in Boston.

  • Reading or listening to 50 books on diverse topics that interest me. I keep a list of books in a Google Docs spreadsheet, so that as books are recommended on podcasts, articles, or in other books, or suggested from friends or colleagues, I have a way to keep track of these possibilities. This also allows me to check off these books as I read them so that I don't read or request them multiple times. My local library has been incredibly helpful with this! Sometimes I check out physical books through inter-library loan if they're not available, other times I check out ebooks or audiobooks through apps like Overdrive and Hoopla for free. I also read professional magazines and blogs.

  • Continuing Education Credits. In order to keep some of my credentials current, especially as an ICF Certified Coach, I need to participate in a number of hours of continuing education. I participate in workshops and webinars for free, other times I pay for learning courses through the Gestalt international Study Center and Cape Cod Institute.

  • Professional Association Membership and Networking events have helped me keep my learning sharp and allows me to meet new people and make new friends. I am involved in:

    • A Coaching Community of Practice group in Boston that I meet with in-person monthly

    • A Strengths Based Leadership book group via monthly conference calls

    • HR Leadership Forum membership for events and workshops

    • The Granite State learning and OD Round Table which supports New Hampshire and Vermont HR Leaders (I’m the founder and chair of this group)

    • Venture Cafe (Cambridge, MA): Speaker and member where I participate in entrepreneurial workshops

    • Mentoring: I meet with SCORE and Peer mentors regularly to continue my learning

  • Volunteer in my community by providing speaking engagements and mentoring pro bono 12+ times

  • Mindfulness - meditating each morning and journaling each day

  • Improving my forward stroke and flip kick in swimming

  • Strengthen my chess game

For fun outside of work to keep my learning sharp, I have joined a gym to work on my freestyle stroke for triathlons and I joined a Chess club. 

As a solo-preneur, it is important that I keep myself engaged and healthy because if something happens to me I cannot run my business. For this reason daily exercise, healthy eating, mindfulness, and continuous learning are all baked into my development plan.

What do you do to ensure your continuous learning and personal development?

Please share in the comments. If you have specific questions, ask me. I'm happy to help.  

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