Five Parts of a Personal Development Plan
When you are putting together a personal development plan, there are several things that you want to check off to ensure that your plan is complete. These will serve to make sure that you have all of the necessary steps and factors to carry out your plan. You should do all five parts in the right order so that you do not miss any of the important steps. In addition to ensuring a complete plan, the five steps also serve as an outline so that you can easily put your own personal touch on your plan to increase your chances of completing it.
When it comes to a personal development plan, you can use this for a variety of goals in your life. Remember that having a solid plan in place is critical for success in everything from strengthening your personal relationships to bettering your shot at completing your career goals.
Set Your Major and Minor Goals
When you set a goal, you will set your ultimate goal and then you will set mini goals that lead up to you achieving your ultimate goal. For example, if your ultimate goal is to eat a healthier diet, your mini goals will consist of things like reducing your sugar intake, giving up soda, drinking more water, eating more vegetables and fruits and significantly reducing your intake of processed foods. You will work on one mini goal at a time, master it and then work on the next one.
Create Your Plan to Execute Your Goals
Your plan involves what it will take to meet all of your mini goals so that you can ultimately achieve your primary goal. Using the healthy eating example above, take the mini goal of increasing your water intake. For this, you will create a timeline such as during the first three days, drink 35 ounces of water daily, during days four through six, drink 42 ounces of water daily and then starting on day seven, drink 64 ounces daily. This allows you to meet your goals without putting excessive pressure on yourself.
Work On Your Plan in the Order You Created It
When you create your plan, you should work on it according to the structure you have created. Do not jump around or else you might forget certain steps that are vital to accomplishing each of your mini goals. It is best to create a plan that consists of numbered steps and number the steps per mini goal. For example, there are three steps to the mini goal of increasing your water intake. You want to complete each of these steps successfully before working on the next step.
Stick to Your Plan by Giving Yourself Ample Time
When you are creating your plan, you have to make sure that you have enough time to complete each step thoroughly. It is best to give yourself a little wiggle room so that if a step takes more time than you initially anticipated, you do not get behind on completing it. If you complete a step early, just move onto the next one and get started early. This serves as a motivator, but also gives you some free time should something take longer than expected when you start to get to steps that are harder to put a time on.
Achieve Your Ultimate Goal
Once you achieve your ultimate goal, you can relax a little bit, but remember that the work does not end. You have to maintain the results that you have accomplished by following your with your plan. How much work this takes will ultimately depend on the goal that you achieved. For example, if your goal was to get a promotion, the maintenance involves putting forth maximum effort each day to ensure that you continue to prove why you deserved this promotion.
You now know what it takes to put together a complete and comprehensive personal development plan. Use this information and create a plan for all of the goals in your life. You learned a long time ago that being prepared is the most effective way of achieving your dreams and improving all aspects of your life. As you can see, this type of plan is relatively easy to piece together and it will not take you a long time. In reality, you can put a good plan together in about an hour, making it convenient to use one every time you need to set a goal.
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