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Creating a Personal Development Plan
What do you want to change
A personal development plan can transform your life. It will help you determine exactly who you want to be and how you will live their life. You will benefit greatly by creating your own personal development plan.
First decide characteristics you admire and would like to internalize in your life. These might be staying physically fit, a healthier diet, or living a more honest life. Choosing characteristics that you admire should be on the top of the list. You will need to detail exactly what changes developing the characteristics will take. It could mean ending bad behaviors, making better habits, or asking for outside help. Begin by deciding on three characteristics you would like to have in your life. Focus on are the ones that are outside your comfort zone. These usually are the ones that will make the most improvement. If you want help you must ask it. If your life is not working as you wish and you don't see any change, You may be resisting. You may be not want to accept the changes that you must make. Maybe it's because seeing yourself as being imperfect is hard. But unless you accept your imperfection, you will not improve anything in your life.
Think it out
Once you have accept that you have something in your life that needs to be changed it is easy to start working towards changing it. There are many ways to improve your life. Most of them are time tested and effective. They can help improve the quality of your life.
Flesh It Out
Once you know what your goals are flesh them out! Give them substance. It is time to expand and add meat to the bones. Do not skimp during this. Expanding the plan should include timelines and benchmarks you need to reach. Have specific goal set at a specific time. Be realistic and set the goals on a timeline that can be achieved.
It is much easier to obtain goals when you have support. Support can come from a family member, friend, therapist, physician or an exercise buddy. With support it is easier to achieve your goals.
Your personal development plan should include a way to celebrate success. One way this can be done is by keeping a journal, or checking off a list of goals. The celebration should include a look back to see how far you have come on the journey.
You Must Believe
Believe in Yourself - Without believing you could be successful, all your efforts will be for nothing! If you want to be successful you should believe that you "Can Do It". Believe in your ability to achieve the goals. If you develop this attitude believe me, 70% of your goals are already achieved. Do not underestimate this. If you believe that you can do it you will achieve it. Your belief about your ability to achieve is what matters most. Nothing else matters more.
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Make it a habit
Practice Makes Perfection - Whether it's physical or mental, practice is what makes it perfect. Ask any athlete. If you want to improve your life you must practice change every day.
Never Give Up - Most people give up on their personal development when they don't see instant results. We are a society of instant gratification. We expect immediate results. Do not give up if you don't see results quickly . It may take some time but it is definitely achievable.
I Can’t or I Have
How often do you say “I can’t do this”? Be honest with yourself, how often do you say it. “I can’t” are two of the most dangerous words in the English language and they are a big factor in being unable to accomplish goals. When you find yourself saying, “I can’t” you need to change your thinking. Usually “I can’t” just means “I won’t”. Think about how often is it just a minor obstacle standing in your way that you will not try to overcome? Look at what is standing in your way, find ways around it, and “I can’t” will become “I can”.
Once you reach the “I am” stage. You have moved beyond simply believing of “I can”. You have to look make a list of steps to reach your goals, and start taking action. Just take it one step at a time and move closer your goals each day. Often obstacles will crop up on the way, but don’t let them stop you. Take a moment to figure out a way around them.
Overcome your fear. Believed that you can do it. Plan it out, and take action. Soon you will be seeing result. You’ll reach your goals. Apply these principles to your life, and keep moving from “I can’t” to “I have”.
Once you start thinking “I can”, you need to move on to why aren’t you? Belief without action is nothing. Now that you know you can you can look at why you aren't doing it.
Next think: “I will”. Take a hard look at what you want and start thinking about how to do it. Write down your goals, and begin taking steps to achieve the your goals. Spend time planning but do not spend too much time planning. Don't get caught in the trap of over planning. There comes a point when you need to start doing. Start taking action on your plans. So why not start NOW?