If you’re not investing in your personal development you’re limiting your true potential. Personal development affects your entire life; not just your work life or just your personal life.
It’s always shocking to me how many people don’t try to improve themselves. They have developed a this is who I am, accept me or don’t accept me mindset. And they’re also the same people that wonder why they’re not making progress or getting any further with their lives.
Here are some guidelines to help you get started:
Disclaimer: my guidelines don’t require you pull our your debit card.
Imagine How You Want to Your Life Be
Without a vision, you won’t be able to determine what kind of life you want to live. You need to balance what kinds of changes you want personally & professionally. The two will ultimately overlap. If you imagine yourself being more helpful to others, this trait will become part of both. There may be certain aspects of your personal development that you believe are specific to personal life but may eventually carry over to your professional life. If you have wanted to increase your skills set as an organization leader, this could easily be incorporated into your professional career.
The key here is to identify & imagine what this new skill set is.
Assess Your Current Situation
Before you make any changes in your life, determine where you stand with your life as it currently exists. Determine strengths and weaknesses to help you formulate a plan to make the necessary changes.
Once you know what your strengths and weaknesses are, create some goals to reach in the next 30, 60, or 90 days. These should include high level goals as well as action steps. Most important, set milestones with firm dates for these action steps.
There can be valid reasons why certain actions or goals can’t be met. Instead of throwing your entire personal development plan away, come up with alternatives steps. Be careful not to fall back on these steps because they are easier than the main goals.
Track Your Progress
When you reach a goal, use your plan of action to see how close you followed the action steps. This is a important step, so be realistic and truthful. It’s important because seeing what worked will also help you know what will be required for you to sustain the results you’ve gotten. Often times, the best way to handle this is to have someone like me perform this for you. It may not be easy to hear, but the benefits will be well worth it.
Keep it Simple
If you add a bunch of unobtainable goals to your plan, you are likely setting yourself up for failure. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to push yourself. It just means being realistic about your capabilities.
To Your Health & Success,
Monica K. Bundy
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