Personal development is one of those terms that’s used frequently but not always clearly understood. Wikipedia defines it this way, “Personal development covers activities that improve awareness and identity, develop talents and potential, build human capital and facilitate employability, enhance quality of life and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations. “
Personal development may also include improving self-awareness, increasing self-esteem, improving wealth and health.
Why Invest in Personal Development?
Personal development affects your entire life, not just your work life or your personal life. If you do not invest in personal development, you may be limiting your true potential.
You can only go as far as you know, therefore, you can only take yourself to a certain level. In order to expand your thinking, and rise to a higher level of awareness, you need someone who has walked that walk and climbed to the next level to reach down and pull you up.
Do you feel you could do with a boost in your confidence level? How about procrastination? Try as you may, do you find you’re always running behind? Are you conscious of negative beliefs about yourself, money, where you fit in the world, and your mindset?
Your sources of learning can be from books, a coach or mentor, workshops, seminars, or conferences.
The following guidelines are provided to assist you:
Your Vision of Your Life
You must take the time to visualize what you want your life to look like. Without it, you won’t be able to determine the kind of life you want to live. What changes do you envision for yourself personally and professionally? The two will ultimately overlap.
For example, you may want to increase your visibility and skills as a community leader. The steps you take in your professional career or business will better equip you to meet that goal. Understanding what it will take will help you to develop strategies and set a plan to achieve both goals.
Assess Your Current Situation
Before you make any changes in your life, determine where you are at the moment. Be honest in identifying your strengths and weaknesses so you can formulate a plan to make the necessary changes.
Invest in Personal Development with S.M.A.R.T Goals
Once you know what your strengths and weaknesses are, create some goals to strive to complete. I am a firm believer in the S.M.A.R.T. goals formula. Most important, set milestones with firm dates so that you’re able to track your progress.
I believe that while you must set clear goals, you should control your goals, not the other way around.
There can be valid reasons why certain actions or goals can’t be met. Instead of abandoning the entire personal development plan, come up with alternatives steps. Be careful not to simply fall back on these steps because they are easier than the main goals.
Evaluate How You Are Doing
When you reach a milestone, see how you did against the plan of action steps. This is a crucial step in your plan to invest in personal development. It’s important to be realistic and truthful. The best way to handle this is to have someone else 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 unattainable 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 answer any questions you may have about investing in your personal development, let’s have a conversation in a Double Your Results Complimentary Coaching Session where we will discuss your goals and what’s holding you back from achieving them. You will leave the session with more clarity on where and how you need to begin to invest in your personal development. You may use the Contact Form of schedule your appointment here.
If you’re ready to get started, learn more about my Double Your Results 90-Day Mentoring Program.