Personal Progress is all about YOU. It was a program designed for the young women of the world but it was also designed specifically for you. Knowing this we should all treat it that way. All young women work on it but no two ever complete it in the same way. Some may grow more spiritual than others. Some may complete Divine Nature #4, #6, and #7 and another may complete #5, #6, and #7, or some may choose to complete all four of the additional experiences. Even going back a second time a girl will do it differently than her first time. Any way you do it, find what works for you. Here are ten ideas to help you get started.
1. Go at Your Own Pace
You have six years to complete the entire Personal Progress program. There is no shame in taking all six years to complete it. If that is what you need to do then do it. There is also no shame in taking two years to complete it. Everyone’s pace is different so don’t get discouraged if a friend or sister completes it before you. Pray to the Lord, look over your schedule, think of your spiritual level, and decide what is best for you. The important thing is you are consistently working on at least one value project or experience. Even after you finish all the requirements do it again!
2. Include Interests, Hobbies, and Talents
Personal Progress is all about learning and growing from experiences. What are you interested in? What talents do wish to strengthen? What do you do in your spare time? If you want to learn to draw or want to become better at the skill, use that goal as a value project
Any activities, projects, or assignments you do in school, home life, after school activities, or anywhere else in your life can be used as a goal in Personal Progress. Take advantage of these opportunities.
Write questions, thoughts, or inspirations next to any value experience. High light the time, goal, and scriptures mentioned in each experience. Put a sticker next to each experience you finish. Put your picture in it.
5. Find Your Inspiration
Find a piece of paper and pencil (or pen) and write down why you do Personal Progress. What keeps you going through all the projects?
6. Do It In Any Order
You do not have to complete all of Faith and then Divine Nature and so forth, you can do them in any order you want. It is recommended to complete the required experiences in each value before you move on to the four additional ones, but you can start on Integrity #2, then move on to Individual Worth #1.
In each value there is the option to make up to two experiences. You decided what scriptures you read, what the goal is, and how long it takes, but it does need to be approved by a leader. For more information click here.
Through out your Personal Progress you are encouraged to keep a journal. (It does not have to be a daily journal but you do need to write in it when required in an experience.) When you first come into Young Woman you should receive a journal, but you do not have to use it. Your journal could be as simple or as elaborate as you like.
9. Find A Schedule That Works For You
At the beginning of the year, school year, or summer make a goal of how many experiences/projects you want to complete and make a schedule for it. Put that schedule somewhere you can see it everyday.
10. Add A Sparkle Of You
What makes you you? Find out and incorporate that into each experience you do. Maybe instead for Good Works #1 you can acknowledge the kind acts your family does with a note and a candy bar. Place a Snickers bar on your brother’s bed with a note, “You make me Snicker.”