How to Create a Planned Approach to Personal Growth and Self Development
Self development is an ongoing process however, as with everything else, it needs direction, encouragement and motivation.
A plan that outlines your self development goals and action items will not only give you greater clarity but also, define your purpose, the reasons and most importantly, keep you motivated.
Create a Self-Development Plan for Inspired Personal Growth
If you want personal growth that’s intentional and inspired, your first step must be to create a self-development plan.
1. List Your Goals
Start by listing out your personal growth goals for the year, the next 2 years and the next 5 years.
Break down the goals for this year, into smaller, actionable chunks that you can start taking action on right away.
For example, one of your goals for this year may be to get to your ideal healthy weight.
This “big” goal can be broken down into bite-sized action items or mini goals, like:
Start an Exercise Routine- which can be further broken down into join the gym or start running 30 minutes a day.
Cut Down Sugar and Soda Intake
Eat Right-which can be further broken down into have at least 3 servings of fruits and vegetables daily, and so on.
2. Divide Them Into Life Areas
Once you’ve listed your self-development goals, start putting them into designated life areas so you know that you’re going for all-round development and not sorely neglecting one area at the expense of developing another.
For the sake of simplicity, here are 6 key areas:
For instance, weight loss can go into health, while learning a new professional skill can go into career, using affirmations regularly will go into mindset and so on.
3. Know Your Why
Once you’ve written down your goals, spend time reflecting on the why. Why do you want to lose weight? How would it improve the quality of your life. Why do you want to save $10,000 this year? What would it give to you?
Knowing your why and writing it down will motivate you and give your goals purpose.
4. Identify Resources
Now that you know what self development goals you need to work on, it’s time to identify who or what will help you get there.
Do you need mindset training apps to keep you focused and on track?
Do you need books and courses?
Will you have to join a class or need a mentor or coach?
Knowing what you need will help you take action and put together a toolkit that’ll keep you encouraged and keep the momentum going.
5. Set Timelines
Finally, set your timelines for both the big picture personal growth goals and the smaller action items or mini goals.
By when would you want to lose that first 5 lbs.?
By when do you think you would be able to save your first $500?
Write down your timelines, aim high but keep them realistic.
Bonus: Have a Reward System in Place
A fun bonus tip when making your self-development plan is to have a sweet reward system in place. How would you give yourself a pat on the back when you meet your goals, both the big and small ones?
Rewards act as incentives and keep us encouraged and moving forward; so make your list now!