Are you excited about delving into your personal development journey?
Or are you somewhat clueless about what personal development is about and where to begin?
Let me walk you through how you start your personal development journey.
First thing first.
Let’s get one thing straight.
Starting a personal development journey doesn’t mean you’re full of flaws and need some kind of “fixing”.
In fact, it’s quite the opposite.
What is Personal Development?
You may not realise it.
But you are not the same person as you were yesterday.
The moment you decided to learn about personal development and begin to read about it so that you can start your personal growth journey, you’ve moved an inch forward.
That’s what personal development is about.
You think about areas that can be improved upon so that you can take yourself from where you are to where you want to be in life.
You then come up with a realistic action plan and put in consistent work to get there while stretching yourself gradually and eventually unleashing your full potential.
So, here you are with your first step!
Now let’s formulate a personal development plan.
Areas of Personal Development
Your dreams and aspirations will likely involve some areas of life below:
- Career / Business
- Health and Fitness
Think about each area: is there a particular aspect of your life you’d like to focus on?
Jot down everything you want.
Down to a detailed description of a car you’d like to drive, a house you’d like to live in, or a partner you want to meet.
Take a moment to explore your genuine desires.
Perhaps your health is troubling you, and it’s time to take drastic action.
Maybe it’s time to think about saving up.
If you want to dig deeper about yourself, check out these questions and get deeply engaged with your inner self.
It’s a wonderful self-discovery exercise, and self-awareness is a crucial part of personal development.
What does a Personal Development Plan Do?
I’m a firm believer that if you can come up with an idea and draw a detailed plan, you can achieve it.
Your personal development plan is your roadmap. It’s a compass that ensures you’re on the right path towards your goals.
Not only that, it’ll frequently remind you why you have set the goals and why you can achieve them.
You came up with them, after all!
Break Your Big Plan into Small Chunks
You wrote down your dreams and desires.
Now, next to them, make a list of small things you need to do to achieve them.
You’re breaking your big plan into several chunks so that you can bite one at a time.
And focus on taking one bite after another each day.
Not now and then, or once a week.
No, you do it every day.
For example, if you plan to broaden knowledge by reading personal development and self-help books, read the minimum 30 minutes every day instead of once a week.
If you want to publish a book, write 500 words every day instead of once a week.
Why Are They Important to You?
Whether you want to become a millionaire, a successful writer or an inspirational life coach, think about why you want to achieve your goals.
Why these goals are important to you.
Maybe you want to prove it to yourself that you can do it.
Or you want to provide your family with all the comfort the money can buy.
Or you just like the idea of becoming a best-selling author.
Whatever it is, make sure you have a powerful reason that makes perfect sense to you.
Because that reason is going to be your driving force.
It’ll compel you to put up a good fight and become resilient, hence see it through.
What are You Willing to Give Up?
All the essential activities in personal growth will demand you to sacrifice certain things like drinking, socialising or watching TV.
Getting out of your comfort zone is a prerequisite. You’re going to throw yourself into unfamiliar territory: people and situations.
Think about what you’re willing to give up.
It’ll tell you how strong your determination is.
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Is It All Worth It?
If you’re certain that nothing is standing between you and your dream life, you wouldn’t hesitate to give your all to realise your dreams.
Which means you’re the only person who’s stopping you from living your ideal life.
We all can learn, grow, stretch our limit, become the best version that we can possibly be and live our dream life.
So if you ask me whether personal development is worth it, all I can say is:
I wish I had started it sooner.
It’s impossible to come to any other conclusion after having seen practically every area of my life got better.
Important: Make Your Plan Clearly Defined
I cannot emphasise this enough: make your plan very specific.
“I’ll run for an hour at 7 am Mon, Wed and Fri.” is better than “I’ll run 3 times a week.”
3 times a week puts you in a delay mentality.
When you don’t specify your goal, it’s easy to put it off: you convince yourself you still have days to “make it”.
I’ve recently experienced this firsthand.
When I made a SMART plan about publishing 200 blog posts, I wrote:
I’m not sure whether I’m going to write every day or every other day.
I didn’t know it then, but it was such a willy-nilly plan.
Hardly surprising that I failed it.
Compare this to my 100 Day Challenge when I set out to publish a blog post every day.
It was a done deal, thanks to the (specific) keyword “every day”.
There was no indecision or internal debate:
Should I publish a blog post today or tomorrow?
When you make your plan specific, you remove decision fatigue so you just get on with it without excuse.
30 Day or 100 Day Challenge
When you draw up a personal development plan, I suggest you incorporate every action plan into 30 day or 100 day challenge.
Even 7 days.
It’s the easiest way to track your progress. It helps you identify what works and what not.
And you’ll do more of what works and less of what doesn’t.
So you continue to improve and grow each day.
My personal development journey has changed me so much for the better.
Personal development is a lifelong process.
We look at all areas of our life, assess how to improve the most meaningful areas to each of us, make an action plan with an explicit intent to improve them, and continue to learn, develop and grow.
Each day, with every effort, we create the best version of ourselves.
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