Growing Your Strengths: Creating a Personal Development Plan for Students

According to Gallup research studies, individuals who have the opportunity to focus on their strengths every day are more than three times as likely to report having an excellent quality of life. 

Yet, often areas of development are focused on, and highlighting key strengths is left behind. By identifying your strengths and creating a personal development plan, you will be able to understand and build upon your natural talents.

Finding Your Personal Strengths

According to Marketdata Enterprises, an independent research firm featured on Forbes.com, in 2008 American’s spent $11 billion on self-improvement materials. 

It’s almost a natural instinct to try and achieve self-improvement, and we all want to be better at what we do, whether that is being a better student, parent ,spouse, or employee. Finding and identifying your core strengths is a key place to start and there are many different resources available to help you discover, categorize, and act upon your own personal strengths. 

You may have already studied some of the main identifier tools within one of your business degree courses. Finding your strengths will give you an opportunity to do what you do best every day. Check out these resources to begin identifying your own natural strengths. 

- Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
- Pearson-Marr Archetype Indicator
- Strengths Finder
- The Primary Color Assessment

Developing Your Strengths

Once you have defined your strengths make sure to research how to take advantage of them.  Focus on nurturing these innate talents and utilize them whenever possible. Your personal development plan should include both long- and short-term goals for every aspect of your life. Student goals could include communicating better, higher grades, or a greater understanding of how to best process information and work with your peers. You should also encourage those around you to understand their own strengths, and then share them with each other.  By doing this you will be able to understand each other’s thought processes and work together better than ever before.

Above all, finding, focusing and developing your strengths and creating a personal development plan will assist you in every aspect of your life beyond being a student.  Remember that everyone has weaknesses in certain areas that do require time developing, but our greatest potential comes from honing our strengths.

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Grant Tilus is an Associate Inbound Marketing Manager for Collegis Education who writes articles on behalf of Rasmussen College with the aim to inspire, motivate and inform current and prospective students in a positive way.

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