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The Simple 3-Step Personal Development Plan For Beginners

in Self-Improvement

To achieve great things, two things are needed;
a plan, and not quite enough time.
– Leonard Bernstein

personal development planDo you want a personal development plan that can help you create positive lasting change in your life? (I mean who doesn’t, right?)

With all the self-help out there it’s very easy to get overwhelmed and stuck before you even begin. That’s why I’ve kept this as short, sweet and actionable as possible.

When I found personal development I was all over the place consuming a ridiculous amount of books, blogs, seminars, podcasts and so on.

It didn’t take me particularly long to get overwhelmed and getting very little out of the content I was trying to learn.

If I could go back in time and offer myself a helping hand I would’ve told my self to take a step back, suck on a chill pill and put all of that good stuff away for now.

“Look here, me” I would’ve said, “When you’re just starting out all you need is this simple plan and before you know it you’ll be making awesome progress, have a look!”

The Simple 3-Step Personal Development Plan

You see, getting started on your own personal growth really isn’t as at hard and overwhelming when you know where to start. If you just follow these simple steps and you’ll be well on your way:

1. Create Your Personal Growth Action List 
The only logical place to start your personal development quest is with yourself. Start out with creating a list where you write down everything that you know you could be doing (but you’re currently not) that would have a positive impact on your life. Use this list of life areas as a starting point to guide you:

  • Career
  • Finance
  • Relationships
  • Home
  • Health
  • Learning
  • Emotional
  • Spiritual
  • Character
  • Contribution
  • Fun

Try to have at least one action for each area but if you get stuck don’t worry about it. You can always come back and add stuff later. When your list is perfect good enough you sort all of the items from the easiest on top to the hardest at the bottom.

2. Get Highly Motivated
As your will-power to make these awesome changes in your life start to dwindle, you’ll need proper motivation to keep going. That’s why your next step will be to:

  • Define and put into writing your personal vision and mission statements. Your vision will give you direction and serve as a source of power and inspiration. Your mission statement puts everything that you do into a bigger context which leads to a greater sense of meaningfulness and achievement as you move forward.
  • Set your goals. Turn your personal growth actions into specific and measurable milestones. Make sure they have a deadline and are written in a present tense with action verbs. Here’s an example:  “On the 20th of April 2014 (deadline) I am (present tense) completing (action verb) the Virgin London Marathon (specific details)”.
  • Create a weekly action plan. Make sure to break your goals down into manageable pieces so that it’s easy for you to see the next small step forward as well as how far you’ve come.

All of these steps, and a whole lot more, are described extensively in my free goal setting guide.

3. Take Action
Here’s where most people will fail. They’ll think like this seems like a lot of hard work or perhaps that they’ll start later. And in the first case they’re right. But this isn’t hard work in the traditional sense, because this is FUN!

Setting your goals and stretching yourself to see how far you can go is an innate human desire and I promise that you’ll feel awesome as you start checking stuff off your list 🙂

As for putting this off for later there’s just no way. If you’ve made it to the end of this article that means that you’re interested in this. Don’t trick yourself into thinking you’ll get back to this later. You won’t. You need to act while your will is strong.

And you don’t have to do it all at once. In fact, you shouldn’t. All you need to do is take one step in the right direction. It doesn’t matter how small as long as you get going.

Now I want to know, what small action will you commit to, right now, to get started on your own personal development? Please share in the comments!