Why are personal development plans important? Because it’s difficult to get anywhere in life without a plan.
When you need to make an important decision, you can consult with the plan to see which option will lead you in the direction that you want to go. If you’re spending too much time on a certain task, you can look at the plan to determine if it’s a wise use of your time or a complete waste of time. If you start to doubt your ability to succeed, you can look at the plan for proof of the progress that you’ve already made.
When it comes to personal growth, you will get sidetracked and potentially derail completely if you don’t have a personal development plan in place. “Personal” is the key word here because your plan must center entirely on achievements about which you feel passionate. It’s time to set aside the pressure to live up to the expectations of others and start planning for personal success that is far more satisfying.
The fastest way to write a personal development plan is to start with the big picture and break it down into smaller and smaller actionable steps. Start by writing or typing your long-term goal at the top of the page. Make sure that this goal gets you excited and challenges you while having no major obstacles that will prevent you from eventual success.
Space down a couple lines and make a list of milestones that you must reach in order to achieve that larger goal. For instance, if your goal is to lose 100 pounds, you may break it down into 20-pound milestones. If you want to publish a book, then you may break it down into phases like writing the rough draft, editing, finding beta readers and formatting for submission to publishers. You may also include learning objectives, like studying self-publishing opportunities or selecting a healthy eating plan.
Under each of your milestones, create a bullet list of daily actions that you must take in order to reach the milestone. For instance, you may need to take your dog on a long walk each day, attend a weekly Zumba class and give up sugar in order to reach your first 20-pound milestone. You may need to add dedicated writing hours into your weekly schedule in order to get that rough draft completed.
At this point, you have a detailed development plan. You can take those daily steps to reach your first milestone and then proceed to the next milestone. When you complete them all, you will have achieved the larger goal.
type of plan allows you to focus on doable daily
actions rather than focusing on the larger picture. This can prevent you
from feeling overwhelmed when you think about how far you have to go.
Create a checklist of commitments for each day, and simply work your way
down the list day after day. You will eventually look back with
complete amazement at what you have accomplished.