Personal development is a process that you will work on throughout your entire life. According to Wikipedia, “Personal development planning is the process of creating an action plan based on awareness, values, reflection, goal-setting, and planning for personal development within the context of a career, education, relationship or for self-improvement.”
It will help you assess your skills and your qualities. These skills and qualities will help you build the lifestyle and life that you envision. They will help you achieve your desire for happiness. They will allow you to develop a high quality of life.
A personal development plan will help you in all aspects of your life. It will help you become more self-aware at home and at work.
Perform a SWOT on Your Life
A well-designed personal development plan will address your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and roadblocks or threats in all areas of your life.
Your plan will identify your strengths so that you can improve them. It identifies what your weaknesses are so that you can make up for them and it will allow you to see new opportunities, so you know when a door is opening up for you. It will make you aware, as well, as to any roadblocks or threats you may encounter along the way.
Recognize Personal Development Areas
When you perform your SWOT in each area of your life, you will discover internal and external things that could be blocking your success. For example, you may believe that you’ll never have enough money to save for the future. Because of that, when you do get “extra” money, you tend to blow it right away on all the things you feel you missed out on before. This is a limiting belief about money that a lot of people have. This is because most people think money is a finite resource. However, it’s not. It’s manmade. Therefore, we can always make more.
Identify Your Resources
You may do some work that helps you look at the resources you have available to do a specific task.
For example, if you decide you want to start a coaching business, what resources do you have to start it? What things do you need? Are there things can you live without? What can you do yourself and what might need to be done by someone else?
This works in every single aspect of your life. You may realize you already have all the skills to do exactly what you wanted to do. However, you may realize that you need to pay for additional brainpower or resources.
Build Better Relationships
One of the most surprising aspects of creating a self-development plan is how much it can help relationships. When you realize that you only control your own behavior and actions, it starts to get easier to manage relationships with others.
Treating them how you want to be treated is an excellent start. However, becoming self-aware enough to realize that not everyone likes what you like may make you realize that you may need to treat someone the way they like to be treated instead.
Whatever it is you may want to work on can be done via the personal development plan. You may want to lose weight, start a business, change jobs, or go back to school.
The goal doesn’t matter as much as developing the plan that you need to get where you want to go. Your plan will not be the same as anyone else’s because you are different. That’s why it’s so consequential and unique. Your personal development plan is just for you. Let’s talk about how to get started with your personal development plan.
Best Practices for Starting Your Personal Development Journey
When you first start your personal development journey, it can be tempting to take short cuts. You think that you already know who you are, what you want, and what you stand for, and how to exemplify that.
However, that’s not how the human mind works. Often, we hide truths from ourselves and are not honest with ourselves about these issues. For this reason, follow these best practices for starting your personal development journey.
Don’t Skip the SWOT
It’s imperative that you perform analysis on yourself in every aspect of your life. You need to know what strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats you face for any of the target issues you want to address.
For example, if you perform a SWOT and realize that you’re not very good at something, you then have a choice. You can find someone who can maybe do it for you, or you can find training to learn to do it for yourself.
Nurture Your Strengths
When you perform the SWOT for any area of your life, you’ll identify your strengths. You need to lead with your strengths. You always want to keep doing the things you’re strongest at. Then learn to do them even better.
Improve Your Weaknesses
When you find out the areas that you are weak in, you’ll need to determine whether you should improve those areas yourself or improve it by having someone else help you. To determine which would be better, ask yourself whether it really matters who does it or does it only matter that it gets done.
If you are not good at the skills of math, it may be better to hire someone to handle the accounting for you. However, if you are not good at crafting social media messages, for example, that is something you yourself can improve in with some simple training.
Understand The 3 Domains of Personal Development
There are three domains of personal development. They are:
Together, these domains cover all aspects of your life, including health, work, personal growth, spiritual life, and so forth. Working on all aspects of your life usually is much better than focusing only on one.
Plan for Action
As you work through crafting your plan, nothing is done until you’ve set up action-packed steps. Put them in your calendar scheduled for you to implement them. Whether you are doing it yourself or outsourcing it, doing is the most critical part of the plan.
Focus on The Right Target Issue First
It’s helpful to go through every single domain and issue you have before setting up a plan. It will help you to know which issue to focus on first. For example, you cannot write a novel until you can read.
Knowing what areas need the most improvement will give you a good starting point on what to focus on. Is it your confidence? Maybe you are lacking skills in an area of business. Finding and identifying your weaknesses should always come first.
In Brian Tracy’s article, Turn All Your Dreams Into A Reality With a Personal Development Plan, he states, “Self-confidence is the critical factor in everything you accomplish because, with the appropriate amount, you will try almost anything.”
Once you have your action plan you only now need to be persistent and take the steps to success. Remember, when making your action plan, make sure you made decisions based on reality and honesty, and not on how you wish it to be.
Once you have the steps scheduled in your calendar and you start implementing them, your life will begin to change.
Get a Coach to Design Your Personal Development Plan
You feel like you understand everything but your implementation skills may be lacking. If so, you may want to employ a life coach to help you.
You may know some life coaches who specialize in personal development, you might want to talk to them. If you don’t know anyone, ask your friends and family or colleagues for recommendations. It’s likely they will know someone or can direct you to someone who would know more about the topic.
The internet is a great place to search for a life coach. Especially in the areas of your life, you may need assistance with when it comes to personal development.
Where Your Personal Development Plan Goes From Here…
When it comes to personal development, you must know that it is an ongoing process. You’re never done with it. There is no real finish line.
It’s best to develop tenacity and persistence as you follow the path you’ve created for yourself. Adjust your plans and tasks as you go based on facts. And learn about what is really and truly important to you. It’s all about knowing who you are and living a life that illustrates who you are.