Creating a Personal Development Plan: What is It and How to Write It

writing a personal development plan

This post is a sneak peek into my book “The 10 Mental Habits That Will Become The Pillars of Your Success”.
It’s a part of the chapter about finding and staying focused on your purpose.

What is a personal development plan?

Basically it’s your road-map to success. Its goal is to take you from where you are and who you are now to where you want to go in life and who you want to become.

It involves planning, setting goals, reflecting on them and getting prepared for action by breaking your dreams down into small and achievable steps.

Who is it for?

Creating such a plan is a great beginning for those who don’t know where to start or think their goal is impossible. Because seeing just the first few steps makes things look pretty possible.

It’s also for the ones that aren’t sure where they’re going, don’t really have a purpose and passion. So now is the time for them to sit down and contemplate on that.

Why make it?

Mainly because you need some clarity in your life.

I believe in going with the flow, but everyone needs to have a picture of what he wants before he gets it. After all, that’s where he’ll start creating his vision and eventually do something about it.

Once you make a detailed personal development plan, you’ll also realize that you can do it.

Getting fit may seem hard now but if you start by just 5 minutes a day, or by reading a book about it or speaking with a personal trainer, you’ll get there and see progress after a few steps.

How to write a personal development plan?

Start with the three most important questions:

1. What do you want?

What is your real purpose and biggest passion, what has always fascinated you?

Listen to your instincts. This is the time to think about your dreams, deepest desires, things you’ve wanted but gave up on, your beliefs and values.

2. Why do you want it?

This will help you with the first question, too.

Make sure the few items you’ve already listed will be worth it. They must bring you happiness, a sense of achievement, satisfaction, peace and freedom, once they become a reality.

Do you want your ‘what’ because you wish to help others, contribute to the world or become rich? Do you want fame, a big family or to be good-looking? A better career, independent life or to move to a tropical island?

Whatever it is, it will be your driving force on your way to achieving your desires. So take your time.

3. What are you willing to sacrifice?

Getting fit will take many weeks of working out and eating clean. Becoming a writer will take countless hours of writing, reading and editing.

So dedication and persistence are a must. Decide now whether you’re ready to give your time and sacrifice some things in order to become successful.

Now that you’ve answered the 3 most important questions properly and are clear about what you want in life, why you want it and how you’re going to get it, turn all these into goals.

By the way, they shouldn’t be many because you won’t be able to focus on each and pay all your attention to them.

So chunk them down into smaller goals. Keep doing that until you have a single action to start with. Make it so easy that you just won’t be able to say no. And do it today!

Later, when things get a bit harder and you feel like giving up, look for support:

  • find mentors;
  • take courses;
  • visit meetups;
  • ask family and friends;
  • find other people with the same goals online and keep in touch;
  • read motivational books;
  • challenge yourself and have rewards after each milestone.

Some more advice:

Try to make time everyday to work on your goals. Usually if someone skips 2 or 3 days, he’s got a bigger chance of losing hope and giving up.

Make it a routine – set some time aside in the morning after you eat your breakfast or late at night when the others have already gone to bed. This way it will soon become a habit.

Also, take notes throughout the whole process and keep track of your progress.

For now, all you need to know is your purpose and be absolutely sure it’s the thing you want. Then you can move on to dreaming more confidently and expand your vision.

See also:

7 steps to turn your self-improvement desires into reality
21-day plan for radical self-improvement [Calendar]
Personal development plan template

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5 Convincing Reasons to Start a Business in Your 20s and 30s

5 Convincing Reasons to Start a Business in Your 20s and 30s

Every day we hear about brilliant minds who have made their first million before the age of 25. There are even businessmen who reach success and experience the advantages of self-employment before they turn 21. This influx of young gifted entrepreneurs makes you think there is no room for startupers over a certain age in any industry. But is it really the case?

Seasoned business analytics and researchers say there is no ideal age to start a business. You can be a successful entrepreneur fresh out of high school, but it’s also not uncommon for people in their 40s to finally find their entrepreneurial path. However, 20s and 30s remain the most popular age for starting a business, and that’s what we’ll focus on today.

Why Start a Business in Your 20s and 30s

1. Risk-taking

The importance of taking risks and accepting the outcome of your decision doesn’t need any explanation for entrepreneurs. As a startup founder, you will face risks every day, and this is where a person with more business expertise can encounter their first difficulties.

When someone is over 40, they’ve likely already taken big risks and failed. It means that they’ll be much less inclined to do it again. This is how older businessmen think they avoid complications, but that is also how they miss opportunities.

People in their 20s and 30s normally don’t have that kind of experience. They understandably have qualms about risk-taking. However, in the end, they usually decide to make a risky move, and there is a very good chance the risk will pay off.

Related: 4 Ideas for Side Hustles You Can Start This Weekend

2. Knowledge

Those who launch their business after 40, usually have certain business experiences under their belt. They may have taken part in starting their own business or witnessed the birth of a business of a friend or coworker.

When you’re in your 20s or 30s, you may not have the same real-life knowledge of how businesses begin. Nevertheless, you have something much more important: the knowledge and skills you received at college.

The importance of college education for launching a prospering business is often overlooked. Yet there are essential things you can only learn in college, and that’s exactly the foundation you need for building a viable business.

3. Responsibilities

By the time they are 40, people accumulate a lot of financial responsibilities. Families, mortgages, car payments, and medical expenses not only eat up a large part of your budget but also make you much less flexible.

It’s a popular thought that businessmen in their 20s and 30s have nothing to lose. That may not be completely true, as some people start families when they’re fairly young. However, when you’re under 40, you have more freedom for making choices.

If you’re a forty-something father of three, your business decisions will be dictated by the risks you’re able to take. Young people have fewer things restricting them from making bold decisions and, ultimately, succeeding.

Related: How to Start a Profitable Blog – This step-by-step guide to starting a blog is a must for everyone who wants to start earning online and become self-employed. Having your own blog is the first step to selling products, making money from affiliate marketing, building a name for yourself, getting traffic and monetizing that attention.

4. Resilience

How To Turn Fear into Power and Create Personal Breakthrough

If there is one thing experienced entrepreneurs would like every beginner to know, it’s that launching a business will be a journey filled with ups and downs. If you look at business success stories, you’ll see that each of them comes with their share of failures.

Impressionable young businessmen don’t react great to failures. Their initial reaction can differ, but it always includes disappointment, resentment, and even a desire to quit. If they’re lucky, their support system won’t let them quit. If they’re not, then the days of their startup are numbered.

It’s a different story with people in their late 20s and 30s. They arrive at the starting point of their business with an understanding that failures are bound to happen. It doesn’t mean that they’re completely immune to failures, but they are guaranteed to have a more mature reaction.

5. Technology

Technology is a vital part of launching a startup these days. There are thousands of businesses that only exist online. Even if your business is completely offline, technology can still be a valuable aid in the business development.

People over 40 may understand the importance of using technology in their business. They may even move their business online or take successful steps to foray into the digital world.

However, they will never have the understanding of technology of a 28-year-old.

Today’s 30-year-olds are not only fully familiar with technology – many of them are actually digital natives. These people have spent most of their lives with the digital world being an essential aspect of living. That is why technology-skilled young entrepreneurs are the future of business.

Conclusion

According to those who have a multi-faceted experience in business, starting a business at any age has its challenges. Entrepreneurs that are 20, 30, 40, or 50 years old have their strong suits and weaknesses. However, there are many reasons why the age between 20 and 40 is the golden age for launching a business. Take risks, learn as you go, use your forte, don’t let anything distract you, and soon your name can be part of the world business hall of fame!

About The Author

Christine Acosta is a content manager at App Reviews. She specializes in digital marketing and content creation. Christine is also passionate about startups and business development. She uses her degree from the Florida Institute of Technology to offer sound advice to those who launch their own business.

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