Why Do You Need a Personal Development Plan?
“If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll probably end up somewhere else.” – David Campbell
Having a concrete, clearly defined personal development plan will help you to actually accomplish the goals you set for yourself.
It’s like your own personal roadmap to an improved life and becoming a better person.
Without a plan, you probably won’t get the results you desire.
Because, as with any goal, it’s best to set your sights on something specific. If your idea of what you want to accomplish is too vague, you will not know how exactly to go about pursuing it or even be able to realize when you’ve actually accomplished it.
Although, keep in mind that your personal growth action plan is not set in stone. It will grow and change with you. Through experience (both success and failure), your perspective will change and therefore your goals will too.
This constant process of self-development increases your confidence, happiness and level of fulfillment.
It also helps tremendously when it comes to chasing your dreams and reaching your goals – whether they relate to happiness, inner peace, career, relationships, or whatever you decide.
Create Your Personal Development Plan
Where to begin? Well, that depends on what your goals are.
To create a personal development plan, you must:
So, let’s start with 1- know what your goals are.
1. What Are Your Personal Development Goals?
In order to turn your dreams into reality with a personal development plan, you must first determine what those dreams are.
If you’re not sure, think about what is important to you.
Not what anyone else says should be important, but what actually means the most to you.
Society has tried to convince us that money, good looks, popularity, and other externally-driven goals are what define success.
But, we don’t have to conform to that mindset – we are perfectly capable of determining what success means to us.
What’s your definition of success? What’s most important to you? What does your ideal life look like?
If you don’t know, then it may be helpful to get to know yourself a little better before you begin creating your personal development plan.
Try answering these 71 insightful questions (available in the Freebie Library) that may help you discover your goals- such as, “What would you do if you knew you could not fail?”
The Wheel of Life
To really pinpoint the areas of your life that you’d like to improve, you can use an assessment tool called the Wheel of Life (originally introduced by Paul J. Meyer).
The Wheel of Life is basically a pie chart representing different areas of your life.
Rating your level of satisfaction in each will help you to see which areas of your life you are satisfied with and which need more attention.
The categories can vary according to personal preference; feel free to change them to whatever suits you best.
I have chosen 8 main categories for my Wheel of Life:
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