Invest in Yourself
Where do you see yourself in ten years? When we hear this question, it is often solely about your career goals or at a job interview- but it doesn’t just have to be about work. What if you were to apply that same question on a more personal level? Your future is in your hands. Who do you want to be? What do you want to experience? What do you want to change? Much like career-oriented goal plans, plans can be made for personal growth, too. Isn’t it time you start investing in yourself? Creating a personal growth plan will inevitably improve all aspects of your life, as you are making a commitment to improving yourself. If there is a part of your life that you are unhappy with, change is always possible.
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Where to Start
Unlike a trendy diet or meditation exercise, there is no set direction for your personal growth plan. Each person must decide for themselves what they would like to improve. This is a good time to remind yourself that everyone is on their own path, and it isn’t helpful to compare yourself to anyone else. Each path is paved with different stones. If you’re reading this, that means you have already conquered step one: making the decision to focus on your personal growth. Affirming this decision sends ripples through the Universe to help align your energy on this journey.
A Quick Check
Being aware of the things that you would like to change about your life are the seeds of personal growth. Once you plant them, nurturing each one will yield the best results. An easy way to attain this awareness is to sit down and give yourself a life check-up. You can simplify this by breaking your life down into three categories: physical well-being, mental, and your surroundings.
Begin a check up of your physical well-being by taking stock of things like how well you’re sleeping, if you are getting enough movement/exercise, and if your diet is making you feel satisfied and healthy. Moving onto a mental check in would cover how well you are dealing with stress, overall mood balance, and how sharp your memory is. Finish with your surroundings check-in, which could include how you feel about your home, career, and personal relationships. Of course, once you’ve completed these checkups, the next step is to set goals for yourself in each of these categories.
Set Your Goals
Physical well-being and mental goals can often be short-term and easily attainable. For example, if you’d like to have a more plant-based diet, you could try that immediately. Goals for your surroundings might take a little more work and planning. If you are unhappy with your home, consider creating a special space in your house just for you. This personal nook can be where you develop and reflect on all your future plans. If you are looking to grow in your career, for example, try and find someone who’s career trajectory you admire. Don’t be afraid to ask them for advice or mentorship. Not only will this help you determine a set of occupational goals, it will pave the way for new networking and possible job opportunities. Take some time to nurture your personal relationships as well. Checking in with a friend or partner and opening lines of communication will help you feel confident and supported.
Don’t Overextend Yourself
Your personal growth plan can include as little or as many areas as you would like to work on. You always have the option to scale back or pause goals if you are feeling overwhelmed. It’s also possible to add new goals if you would like more of a challenge. There are no rules here! You can choose to focus on goals from one section of your life at a time too. Once you have the sections that you’d like to improve, it’s time to make your plan.
Focus Your Intentions
Focus on elements you can change and brainstorm ways to tackle them. You might find that there needs to be a compromise every now and then. When your ideal situation is unattainable, see if there is anything you can do to make it more bearable. If there is something making you unhappy that you have no control over, consider how you might change your mental approach and framework of the element. Pinpoint what exactly makes you unsatisfied with each area. When you have a clear vision of what improvement would look like, it’s possible to set up the track to get you there.
One Step at a Time
It is very important to be practical and gentle when creating your personal growth plan. Now that you know what would make you 100% happy in your categories, set goals that allow you to get fractions of the way there. For instance, if you would like to be working out or meditating five days a week, start out with a one or two day a week goal. If you would like to get more sleep, start by going to bed earlier in 15-minute increments. If your goal is to learn new skills, start with one that is similar to a skill you already have. Working your way up in baby steps is a great way to keep from feeling overwhelmed.
Weekly and monthly increments are a great way to track progress. Recognizing change is the most exciting part! You can keep a journal or write updates directly on a calendar or planner. Free personal growth plan worksheets are also available from a variety of sources online. If you find yourself struggling to keep up with a plan, enlist a friend or partner to help keep you accountable. Having your own personal cheerleader can help you go the extra mile.
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Record Your Personal Growth Plan
After a month or two, you can sit down and have another check in to see how you have improved and adjust your goals accordingly. Remember that there is no such thing as perfection, just a happier you. Your personal growth plan can be a lifelong, ever-changing road map for success and happiness!
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