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Personal Development Plan

We all have, at one point or another, wanted to accomplish things in our lives. It could have been wanting: a new job, to learn an instrument, to have a deeper belief in your faith, more money, etc…

How did you begin?

How did you decide what you had to do to accomplish your goal?

If you are like most people, you probably didn’t know exactly how to begin. Well the job of this article is to help you with that, by showing you how to create your very own personal development plan.

Before you begin writing your personal development plan you need to know 3 things:

1. You need an assessment of where you are. What are your strengths, weaknesses, abilities, etc…

2. What is the goal? You can’t just say I want to be happy. You have to decide what will make you happy.

3. How will you get there? What steps will you need to take to accomplish your goal?

So now that you have all three answers, what should your plan include?

1. A list of what you need: money, school, time, change of a habit.

2. Timeframe: when will you begin working on this goal? Today? In 1 week?

3. Room for flexibility. Nothing ever goes EXACTLY as planned. So you need to be able to make adjustments to your plan. You also need alternatives.

4. Markers to evaluate. You need to be able to monitor your progress and evaluate yourself. Are you still on the right path to accomplish your goal?

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Let me give you an example of what I mean. Let’s say your goal is to lose 15 lbs.

In order to assess where you are, you will need to step on a scale. Then you will need to decide how you will go about losing the weight. Will you diet, exercise or do both to lose that weight? If changing your diet is easy, then that is your strength, and you should incorporate more dieting into your plan. 

If you have a hard time exercising, that is your weakness, and you won’t want to rely heavily on exercising. You will also need to decide how much money you will need to invest, for food, and/or equipment and also how much time to exercise.

The next decision to make is when do you want to have lost your weight by? Let’s say you decide you want to lose it in 8 weeks, and 2 weeks into your plan you notice you aren’t losing as much as you should be, so you either need to eat less or exercise more.

Or maybe over the weekend you went to 3 parties and gained 2 lbs. You might need to either add a week to your timeframe and give yourself 9 weeks, or put in a couple more days of exercise that week. Either way you are being flexible and evaluating your progress and adjusting as you go.

Creating a personal development plan is a great way to focus in on your goals, plan out how you are going to accomplish that and then execute those plans to accomplish your goals in life.

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