It’s 2020, and, just as you have in the past, you’ve made plenty of resolutions for the year.
If you’re like most people, your New Year’s resolutions involve visions of a new-and-improved version of you.
Do you want to be more confident? Perhaps you’d like to spend more time with your family? Or do you want to treat your body like the temple that it is?
There are many ways to build your personal development, depending on what your goals are. The trouble is, where do you start?
If you’re feeling a teeny bit lost on how to get started and actually achieve your personal goals this year, we’re here to help! This nifty guide is all about helping you transform your life for the better!
Envision Your Future
The very first step for personal development is to envision your future and what you want out of life. After all, how are you supposed to work on your personal development goals if you don’t know what you want?
As a creative individual, we’re sure you have plenty of ideas about how you’d love your future to look like. Perhaps you’re after a shiny new job, or do you want to blossom into a motivated individual?
If you’re not sure how you want your life to improve, think about the parts of your life you don’t like. Maybe you’re not feeling as driven at work as you used to? Or perhaps you’re no longer happy in a relationship?
These could be signs that you should look forward to a different future. Find your inner strength to understand what your body and soul wants and needs. And remember, it’s never too late in your life to make a change.
Don’t Limit Yourself!
Did you know that Stephen King was a caretaker before he was a best-selling author? Or that Giorgio Armani used to be a doctor before he dazzled the world with his trendy creations? (A man of many talents it seems!)
So, whatever your goals are, give yourself some time to think about what you want in life. Then, it’s time to put these dreams into action. Follow our handy steps to help you prepare for your personal learning plan.
First, ask yourself ‘What do I want out of the future and what do I want to achieve?’. Then list everything that excites you about this future life. Write down your passions and the things that get you going rather than practical information, such as the needs required to achieve your goal.
Write all your thoughts and feelings down, and don’t allow any self-doubt to creep in.
Once you’re feeling confident with your envisioned future, it’s time to set some goals so you can smash your targets. After all, a goal without a plan is a wish, and it’s our aim to help you make those goals come true.
When it comes to setting goals, be specific yet simple. Make sure your goals measurable too. Then, create a kick-butt plan packed full of concrete actions, dates, and deadlines so you can stick to your goals.
Make your goals achievable, relevant, and time-specific so you can complete them in a realistic and reasonable time frame. A fab idea is to display them somewhere in your home or office where you can see them every day.
While this may seem a bit intrusive, if you – and others – are faced with them every day, you’re more likely to make the effort in completing them. After all, who wants to tell Susan in the office that you slacked on your goals last month?
If your goals are known to others, you’ll likely receive plenty of responses that you can use to motivate and spur you on.
Evaluate and analyze your progress periodically, depending on the nature of the goal. Maybe once a week works, or perhaps monthly suits better. It all depends on you!
If your goals seem to be unrealistic, don’t stress. Readjust them if necessary.
This means looking at and attempting different approaches until you become closer to your goals. And remember, you’ve got this!
Find Your Inspiration
Perhaps you’ve envisioned your future and you’ve set your goals but you’re not sure how to reach them?
Don’t fret – all you need to do is find your inspiration for achieving your goals. What style of learning works best for you? What practices give you clarity?
For example, if your goal is to lose weight, there’s no point pushing yourself to run every day if you hate running. If you’re not sure what kind of work out you enjoy, try some new ones! Perhaps swimming is more your kinda thing, or do you thrive playing in a team?
If you’re feeling stuck, consider investing in some resources to add to your learning plan. These can involve a personal development podcast, book, journal, magazine, coach, and more.
Soon, you’ll be ready to tackle your personal development plan with all your might.
Ready to Improve Your Personal Development?
In 2020, it’s your time to shine! Even if you’re not sure what you want for your future, improving your personal development and setting goals will help you make progress in your life.
Remember that your goals are likely to shift over time and adjusting and re-evaluating them is a huge part of your personal development success. Personal growth doesn’t occur overnight – even for a superwoman like you! Instead, it occurs slowly over time when you make the effort with your realistic goals.
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