If you are not investing in personal development, you may be limiting your true potential. Personal development affects your entire life, not just your work life or your personal life. It’s amazing how many people don’t try to improve themselves. These are the same people that wonder why they are not getting the opportunities they desire for their lives. Don’t worry! I got you! Here are a few guidelines to build your momentum.
Imagine How You Want to Shape Your Life
Without a vision, you won’t be able to determine what kind of life you want to live. You need to balance what kinds of changes you want professionally as well as personally. The two will ultimately overlap. If you imagine yourself being more helpful to others, this trait will become part of both. There may be certain aspects of your personal development that you believe are specific to personal life but may eventually carry over to your professional life. If you have wanted to increase your skills as a community leader, this could easily be incorporated into your current career. The key is to identify and imagine what this new skill is going to look like once realized.
Assess Your Current Situation
Before you make any changes in your life, determine where you stand with your life as it currently exists. It is always best to start right where you are in your assessment. The past can’t be changed so focus on the now and the future. Determine your strengths and weaknesses to help you formulate a plan to make the necessary changes.
Once you know what your strengths and weaknesses are, you are ready to create some goals. These should include high level goals as well as action steps. Most important, you should set milestones with firm dates for these action steps. Goal setting and developing action plans can appear overwhelming. Just remember that the best approach is always to break big goals into chunks.
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 your plan of action steps. This is a crucial step, and it’s important to be realistic and truthful. The best way to handle this is to have someone else perform this for you. Perhaps this is a good place to consider a coach or mentor. Accountability and help when you feel stuck is priceless. The truth may not always be easy to hear, but the benefits will be well worth it.
Keep it Simple
If you add a bunch of unobtainable 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. If losing 50 pounds is one of your goals, don’t try to accomplish this in two weeks. So NOT realistic! Goals should make you stretch outside of your comfort zone but not be totally unobtainable.
So, are you ready to live that life you want? Are you ready to unwrap your vision and create a set of goals and action steps to make the life you dream a reality? You knew I was going to ask you that, right? Of course you did! I have asked these same questions many times and you know what? People just like you seeking to reclaim precious time to live and enjoy their lives have made the decision to join my community! Pick up your free report, “My Life Mastery Secrets: 5 Steps to Living the Life You Want”, when you join the community. Let’s Slay the Time Dragon!
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Beverly Jones-Durr is an Author, Dynamic Speaker, Certified Life Purpose Coach and Educational Facilitator. She is also known as the “Clarity Ninja and Mindset Shifter” because she teaches clients, consultants and other service professionals how to eliminate the fog, remove the clutter and shift their focus to their purposeful and intentional path so they can slay the Time Dragon and get stuff done. She is the creator of Sistahs Unlimited, a program that helps women to develop their authentic selves and create a positive and powerful mindset while creating action plans that are both attainable and measureable to ensure a healthy balance of work and life guilt-free.