Personal Development Plan to
Reach Your Goals

A personal development plan is a blueprint to reach your goals in life.  It's one that is customized just for you.  Should everyone follow the same plan?  The answer is "no." 

Why do you want a plan for your life?  Because you want to make some changes in your life and you don't want to stay where you're at. 

You can still create a plan if you're not sure what it is that you really want to do.  And if you do know what you want to do, a plan will help get you there faster.

Everyone wants to improve something in their life.  One person might want to improve their relationship or eat a healthy diet and lose weight.  Another person might want to be a successful leader or start their own business.

By planning out your future, you can figure out what you really want from life, what steps you need to take to get there and how to get around life's roadblocks along the way.

Its important to decide what goals you want to achieve and then take action to reach them.   When you do follow your personal development plan you have a much greater chance of making your dreams and goals a reality.

Personal Development Plan

If you're unsure of waht your goals are, then a personal development plan can help.  When you create your plan, you will focus on what you want to accomplish and what it will do for you.

Your plan will also keep you on track.  Its easy to get distracted and start doing other things that you think will help you achieve your goal.  When you follow your plan, then these distractions won't get in your way and send you off in a different direction.

A personal development plan is related to your goals.  Its what YOU want to achieve in life.  It takes a bit of time and some thinking.  Make sure you set the time aside because you need to ask yourself some questions and really  think about the answers.

How To Create a Personal Development Plan

In order to create a successful personal development plan, you should incorporate the following into your blueprint.

What are the most important parts of your life? 

It might be your career, family, exercise, socializing, singing, dancing.  Anything that you feel needs to be part of what you want to do with your life.

How satisfied are you with each area?  

This is an important step to finding out what areas need improvement.  The lower the rating you give it, the least amount of satisfaction you get from that part of your life.  Once you figured out what part of your life needs the most help, then you will focus all your attention on it.

What do you want to do in life? 

Set some realistic goals that will encourage you to follow through with the area you singled out above.   Now, you need to imagine what your life would be like in that situation.

When you see yourself achieving these goals, they will more likely come true.  When you set a realistic goal, you are more likely to be able to imagine yourself in it and you'll be more motivated to accomplish it.  You'll have a positive attitude and will more likely accomplish the goals quicker. 

Make sure your goals are specific.  If you only have a "sort of" goal, then you won't know what you really want and whether you have achieved it or not. 

Set a timeline. 

Its important to set a timeline of when you want to reach your goals in your personal development plan.  Some goals will take a day and others will take weeks.  Be realistic. 

What are you going to do to achieve this goal? 

It's important to do something.  Act now and set the wheels in motion.  If you just make a plan and do nothing, then nothing happens.

Determine what your strengths and weaknesses are. 

Its important to know what you're good at and what you're bad at. Spend the time now figuring out what you do with your time and whether you achieve anything.  If you get a lot done, are you satisfied with what you have achieved?   Do you accomplish a lot in one area, but only do a little bit in another area? 

If you're not sure what your all of your strengths and weaknesses are, then ask for help from someone, ask them what they think your strengths and weaknesses are.  Write them down.

What resources do you have available to you? 

This plays on the strengths and weaknesses.  What do you have going for you that could help you move towards the goals you have written down?  Are there people that you know that could help you move forward towards reaching your goals?  Do you need to spend time learning something new to move you from point A to point B?

Set the action steps. 

How are you going to reach your goals?  You can probably think of quite a few to get you there.  It's important to write down all possibilities that will move you forward, even if they seem farfetched. 

To help you think of action steps, ask yourself questions such as who do you know that has gone through this before? How would you search for information online?  If nothing held you back, what would you do?  If you had all the money in the world what would you do?

Set your short term and long term goals. 

Take your action steps from above and categorize them into short term and long term goals.  Pick three action steps that you want to do for your short term goals. 

Write down which one you can do immediately.  Then choose the one that will take two days to complete and then the third one that you can accomplish within a week.  Sometimes your goals turn into roadblocks. 

To help you actually take the steps to reach your goals, there are a few things you can do.  Imagine your life as it will be when you reach that goal and imagine your life without it.  You'll be stuck in the same old rut you're in now. 

You can let others know what your goals are.  That way they can check in with you to see how you're doing and you'll have to do something because you said you were doing it. 

Another option is to have someone else set their goals and you can work together.  They can offer encouragement  With this method you'll be held accountable for your actions.  You could also get encouragement from reading books, but that will depend on how motivated you are. 

A tried and true method is to write down your goals and action steps and put them in a place where you need to read them all the time.  What also helps is taking action on the quickest method and getting results.  This will get you going. 

Once you gain momentum, the other short term goals as well as the long term goals become closer to reality.    If you end up not reaching some of your goals, that's okay.  Learn from them and move on.  New opportunities present themselves with each failed attempt. 

Keep track. 

Write down your progress.  Take notes on what went well and what didn't.  Its important to write everything down no matter how small it is.  Once you see you can accomplish a goal, you will begin to feel positive about reaching the next one.

Pay yourself when you've attained a goal. 

It could be something small like going to a movie.  By rewarding yourself, you'll feel good about yourself and you'll want to continue on the upward path to reaching your next goal.  If you don't give yourself an incentive, then your motivation will go downhill and then you'll stop trying.  So, do something fun.  

Believe in yourself. 

When you believe that you can accomplish your goal, then nothing can stop you.  This is very important for your self-esteem.  If you don't have a belief in your abilities, then you won't want to continue to reach your goals.   

The more information and help you have, the more likely you will achieve your goals.  At the same time, more opportunities will open up because you've become motivated to get to the next level.

By following the above suggestions, you will be on your way to a successful personal development plan.  Your dreams will become reality and you will feel successful in your life's achievements.

When you are successful in completing your goal, you will be inspired to move onto the next one.

When you reach it, then move on to the next goal.

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