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What’s Your PDQ?


PDQ measures your commitment to yourself. Everything you do to invest in each of these Areas improves your PDQ; however cumulatively the results will make you more capable of surviving – and thriving. Already, my friends have developed certain abilities that have helped them get to where they are now.  For example, your Spiritual strengths may help maintain a sense of peace during uncertainty. Your Social Abilities may help you develop a strong network of people you can rely on. Everyone invests something in one Area or another. My friends at lunch had invested heavily in Quality of Life, but very little in their Human Capital. To be agile in life – to be able to ‘roll with the punches’ – each Area should be developed to its fullest potential and in balance with the others.

Personal Development is not a 21st century idea. Tony Robbins and Zig Ziglar are champions of personal development. They have CD’s, videos, seminars and digital workshops to help with personal development. But their ideas are derived from Dale Carnegie and others who in the early 1900’s popularized self-development to strengthen Human Capital, Self-Image and Wealth. And these ideas were derivations of guidelines created by Aristotle and Confucius nearly 2,500 years ago. If these Personal Development gurus were gathered together in one place they would agree:  ‘If you aren’t investing in your Personal Development, you are hindering your chances to thrive!’

Measure your own PDQ. What are you doing to improve yourself? The first Area, Self-Awareness & Personal Autonomy, will help you analyze your personal PDQ. This Area of Personal Development answers these questions:

  • How well do you know yourself?
  • What are you capable of?
  • What is within your power to achieve?

Whether you are willing to admit it or not, you are your own manager.  You are responsible for managing your own time and financial resources. You may think it’s your employer’s responsibility but the reality is Personal Development is personal. How you manage your resources will determine how committed you are to your Personal Development – your PDQ. You improve your PDQ once you take responsibility for your own personal development.

The ROI of PDQ

Almost four years ago, I saw myself on a treadmill at work – get on in the morning and off at the end of the day. I was getting nowhere. I had emails stacking, papers piling, and endless fires to put out. I always felt too busy to challenge myself – no time for self development. Through many lost battles with ‘upper-management’ for training and development, I resolved that my personal development was NOT my employer’s responsibility. It was my responsibility. If anyone was going to do this, it had to be me.

It wasn’t until I made a commitment to INVEST in myself that I was able to ‘find’ the time and money. I asked myself several questions:

  • ‘‘Am I worth the investment?’ – Who else is going to invest in me?  Who else has a material interest in my life?
  • ‘Why should I wait for my employer to invest in me?’ – Wouldn’t it be less expensive for them to fire me for incompetence?
  • ‘How much is too much to invest in myself?’ – How much am I already investing in things that don’t improve my life? Can I combine those vacations with educational seminars?

There is nothing wrong with spending money and time on vacations, kids and recreation. These are all part of the Quality of Life Area of Personal Development. But your investments should be in balance with the other 9 Areas to improve your PDQ.

It’s never too late to begin investing in personal development. Since making my commitment, I have achieved two professional credentials and launched a consulting partnership. I walked away from a job that was ‘secure’ but unfulfilling. Today I feel more empowered about my life and my job and my professional network grows daily.  My commitment to investing in my personal development remains strong and continues to provide ROI.

Watch for future PDQ posts on:

  • How developing your Self-Awareness and Identity can improve your Employability
  • 10 Steps to Improving Your PDQ
  • What Health and Spiritual Development Has to do With Your Job
  • How your Quality of Life can help you, or hurt you


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