Personal Development Plan – Ten Key Points

Personal development is a very broad topic and can encompass anything that involves your transformation as a person. It means becoming the best you can be and reaching towards your potential. When you become a ‘better’ person than you were yesterday (this does not mean better than another person) your life and it’s circumstances improve. This is usually achieved by looking internally and then changing the way you act externally. This can be enhanced by having a personal development plan.

When it comes to doing something, planning what you intend to do is essential. Writing down what you want is the first step. It’s no different when it comes to your personal development. Plan for it. Keep it brief and monitor what happens. Write down the results in a diary. Writing down what you want and what you get clarifies your thought process and cements your intention. You are allowed to change or adjust your plan whenever you wish. If there is no success as you follow the steps in your plan that’s your signal to review what you have done or to adjust your plan.

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Here are 10 things to consider in your personal development plan.

1. Start Now

Do something about your personal development plan today. It’s going to take some time to achieve lasting change so you need to start now. You can build on what you do today, tomorrow.

2. Small Steps

To make a plan you need to include steps. Break a large goal into it’s smallest components. Keep the end result in mind as you focus on the smaller bite sized steps.

3. Learn From Other People

You can gain from the success of other people and you can learn from their mistakes. Your own experience is a harsh teacher so learn from the mistakes of others. If you can find a mentor or coach your task will be easier. Read as many books as you can. If you can’t afford to buy books or don’t want to spend the money borrow them from the library.

4. Welcome Change

The world is changing all the time. Even if you do nothing you will change by default as the world turns. There is no escape from this. If people and ideas didn’t change we would all still be living in caves. Your personal development plan needs to include how you are going to change, what action will you take? Only action leads to results.

5. Take Responsibility

You are responsible for your own progress. You are responsible for what you are today and where you are today. That means it’s your job to initiate the steps involved in your own personal development. If you don’t bother no one else will. It also means you own the result and no one else is to blame.

6. Be Grateful & Recognise Your Worth

Focus on what you already have. Think about how others benefit from what you do. If you improve yourself, those benefits will increase. Your personal development is for others as well as for you.

7. Think About Your Intention

Whatever you intend eventually becomes your reality. Find your true intention before you resolve to do something and make sure you really want what you say you want. If your goal and your intention are not aligned then you’ll think up lots of excuses and all sorts of situations to prevent your progress.

8. Challenge Yourself

Your goal/s needs to be just out of reach. If your reach for an impossible target you are setting yourself up for a failure. If you stick to what’s easy you’re denying yourself the satisfaction of achievement and only minimal change will occur.

9. Do What You Like

Its no good doing things that you don’t like. Pick methods that appeal to you. Pick people to help you that you like. Make sure you are following your heart but don’t run from the hard issues. They need to be addressed one day.

10. Keep Going & Never Give Up

Life works in cycles and moves to a rhythm.You will have up and downs. When you hit a slow point or things don’t seem to be moving, don’t give up, keep going. There is no such thing as continual rapid advancement and that means your personal development plan needs to be achievable and balanced. Find your rhythm and go with the flow. There’s no such thing as finished self-development. You can go on learning, changing and renewing for all of your life.

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