My Personal Development Goals

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Below a copy of my personal development goals, as outlined in my action plan:

• Fear of failure / insecurity. I am very insecure and afraid to say/do something wrong, to make mistakes. I believe it is better to say nothing at all, than to say something stupid. Besides, I find it very difficult to determine when exactly “enough is enough”. This is also the reason why I usually spend more time on a particular task than necessary. It is not that I am a perfectionist. Just like most Dutch students, I am also happy with a mark that is just sufficient to pass the exam. It is just that I do not know when I have done enough to obtain that mark.

 During my graduation project I want to become more secure of myself and my capacities.

• Dealing with
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• Oral communication skills. Contrary to my writing skills, my oral communication skills are very bad. While in my head everything seems to be clear and logical, I still have a hard time expressing myself clearly. This is not only the case with foreign languages; even in Dutch I sometimes do not know how to verbalise my thoughts, ideas and opinions. This can be very frustrating at times, not only to myself, but also to the people who have to listen to me and understand what I am trying to say or explain.

 During my graduation project I want to improve my communication
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Having taken this (in my opinion) relatively large step, it is now a lot easier for me to ask questions to other people, including Mr. van Essen and Mr. Hulzebos, as well.

The student psychologist has also made me realise that no one in this world is totally, 100% perfect. Everyone makes mistakes every now and then, and has his/her own strengths and weaknesses. Bearing this in mind, I have finally been able to accept the fact that my poor oral communication skills will probably always remain a weakness of mine. At a very young age, it had been discovered already that I lag behind when it comes down to language comprehension and sentence formation.

The only way to improve my oral communication skills a little bit further will be to practice, practice, practice, a lot, and to not be afraid anymore to say something stupid, to stammer, and to take my time to think about what I am going to say and how I am going to say it. Fortunately, it does not mean the end of the world when there is a moment of

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