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Develop a Personal Development Plan
How To Do It and Why You Need One


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If you're starting to develop a personal development plan, here are four simple steps to follow that make it safe and easy.

Starting the process of developing a personal development plan can be a little overwhelming at first glance.  Some of those samples, examples and templates go on for pages and pages.

My objective is to make your getting started simple and easy and that's what we'll talk about here in this personal development article.  

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If you're new to personal development and want to know more about the personal development process in general, you can download my free PDF personal development - life plan workbook which gives you detailed instructions on how to get started with your new life plan.

It also gives you a full personal development template that you can fill in for yourself as you follow my example.



Now, let's take a quick look at why you need a personal development plan in the first place.


Develop a Personal Development Plan
Why You Need One

If you think about the tools you need in order to, for example, drive across the country, then you'd know you would need a map or compass (or these days an automated co-pilot device.)

These tools give you direction and show you how far along you are toward your destination...

And it shows which roads to take to get there. 

Life is the same way...

It's like traveling to an unknown place.  If you don't “plan your route,” then how will you get anywhere?  How will you accomplish your true dreams and desires if you don't have a map (either complicated or simplified) to achieve them?

Contrary to what some people may think, dreams don't just magically happen one day without focus, energy and action. 

It takes focus, energy and action to reach our personal goals in life and we need a personal development plan to find our direction...

Have a strategy for getting there...

And learn what techniques we should use to get there on time!

Develop a Personal Development Plan
Research

Studies have shown that people who have set goals early in life, like in their mid 20’s to early 30’s, are able to achieve these goals before they reach the age of 40.

If you're reading this and are already past 40, the good news is that once you make up your mind and set goals now, you're more likely to have the life experience to attain those goals even faster.

And it's also well known that people – at whatever age – who write down their goals are in the elite 3% group of the entire population who actually realize their goals.

Just by simply writing them down, this makes goals tangible.  It's like they've begun their manifestation into existence because they “exist” on paper!

Develop a Personal Development Plan
Benefits

So, if it's true that setting goals and writing them down lead to increased success, taking the time, energy and focus to develop a personal development plan will catapult you in the direction you want in life faster and easier.

1.  Identifying Objectives and Expectations

One of the first benefits of creating a plan for personal development is that you can set objectives that will tell you why you need to do what you are doing.

It also sets certain expectations on your part that will lead to positive results.

2.  Motivation

Because you've identified objective and expectation – and have broken down the “big picture” into doable pieces – you'll stay more motivated, and...

You'll know exactly why you are taking each step and you'll know with certainty that you will reach your life goals.

3. Focus

Rather than being “blown around by the wind,” having a plan helps you lay out certain ground rules to live by. This will enable you to set certain boundaries, brainstorm on strategies and organize your schemes so that you will be ensured ultimate success in the end.

In other words, it keeps you focused and when you give something focus, energy and consistent attention, you've just dramatically increased your rate of success!

4.  Stay on track

Your plan, can also serve as your checklist. You can mark the things you have already accomplished and always be reminded of the things that need to be done. It is always good to have a list that prompts your next steps and tasks.

It gives you enough facts and details to work on so you can formulate your strategy and master certain skills. Your plan will certainly serve as a guide for you so that you can be more efficient and make it faster for you to reach your goals in no time.

5. Keeps you positive

By focusing on your progress, rather than “lack” of progress, your thinking tends to “default” to the positive more often.  Then the benefits of positive thinking kick in and before you know it, your body is addicted to the new thought patterns and you're “positively” having a great time with your personal development endeavors.

Develop a Personal Development Plan
How to Get Started

Now, that you know the why, let's talk about the “How do I get started?”

You can download my free PDF workbook which gives you more information on developing and customizing your personal development plan as well as doing the following simple exercise:

Step One:
For one week, notice where you spend your time and make notes.  Are you spending time complaining or are you figuring out how to solve that problem.  How much time do you spend commuting, doing housework, caring for children, working, etc. Just notice, don't change anything.

Step Two:
Categorize where you spend your time.  Sample categories would be:  Work/career, family/relationships, physical health, mental health, spiritual health and dreams/desires.

Step Three:
Take an objective look at where you are spending your time and ask yourself the following two questions with each category:
  1. Is this how I want this area of my life to be right now?
  2. If not, if I do nothing to change this, where will I be in 5 years?  10 years?
Step Four:
Sit quietly alone for 15 minutes a day for a week and journal your thoughts and ideas about these thoughts and questions that come up.

Once you've done this exercise, you've started the first step in identifying your heart's desires, as well as gently starting your personal development journey.

Along the way, you may need to do some improvisation, but this does not take away from the fact that you need a plan you can revise, or tweak, because if you don’t have it in the first place, what strategy or steps will you amend?


Develop a Personal Development Plan
Summary

Indeed, to develop a personal development plan is one of the best ways to be organized and to keep "tunnel vision" maintained towards your goals. If you combine this with a positive outlook in life, you will see this vision becoming reality sooner than you expect.

Download my free PDF workbook that gives you more information on how to develop a personal development plan, how to customize your plan and gives you other tips on personal development and positive thinking.


For more on how to develop a personal development plan, see this article:

Personal Development Plan:  Four Key Things to Make it Work

Making your personal development plan actually work, instead of just being pushed back into a drawer, takes certain elements that are key...


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