During the month of January, I am focusing on New Attitude, New Successes, New Year in three blog post, part 1. Don’t forget to come back to read part 2 and part 3!
Today, I thought it would be equally as important if we looked at personal development – after all what’s a New Year without a Personal Development Plan.
So here’s my question to you: “Now that we are in the New Year are you following your written Personal Development Plan that you prepared before the New Year or are you doing the same thing you did in January 2014?”
So that there is no confusion, in 2014 you procrastinated about preparing a Personal Development Plan and before you knew it, you are now in 2015 and have not implemented any of those ideas that you had in January 2014.
I would suggest that you start by reading 17.5 Audacious, Awesome and Amazing Strategies for Elevating Your Brand. These 17.5 strategies should be part of your Personal Development Plan – after all, it’s all about you and your brand (whether career or business) in 2015.
Here are the steps to help you write your Personal Development Plan – it’s not too late! After all the year is just beginning!
1. Imagine a new future. If you are not sure how to imagine a new future, you can purchase my Amazon best seller: Fit, Fine & Fabulous in Career, Business & Life. I actually give you the formula to Re-Imagine. Re-Invent. Re-Emerge into that extraordinary YOU. Don’t wait – purchase now!
2. Define your desired goals, objectives and outcomes. This is where you can define what you want, how you plan to achieve it, and what you want the outcomes to be throughout the process. For every ‘I can’t’ thought, for each of those anxieties or place of tension in your thought process – write the goals, objectives and outcomes as though you know you have achieved it – this is not the time to doubt your brilliance.
3. Describe your developmental needs. You might define a need for a mentor, or that coach you know that you need. What is needed to make your goals and objectives happen – is what you must define in this section?
4. Develop the tactics needed to fulfill your developmental needs. This is where you identify how you are going to find or discover where to get your development needed define in #3 above.
5. Indicate how you will measure your success. Your measurement of success must be measurable by a number, an attainment, a dollar amount or outcome.
6. Identify any tangible or intangible resources that you might need. Tangible resources are those things you can see, touch and measure: like money, time, knowledgeable, experience and skills you already possess.
Intangible resources are those aspects of your being that are going to be helpful to you: optimism, resourcefulness, resilience, sense of humor, emotional intelligence, empathy and so on.
7. Pinpoint any changes that you might need to overcome. This could be your mindset, your core values, your thought process, the words you use, or your attitude.
8. Define a specific timeline. Every goal, objective or outcome must have a specific date of completion – there are no exceptions.
9. Develop a vision board. For me, this has been the key to the success of my Personal Development Plan. Each and every day, I look at my vision board. I spent a few minutes daily visualizing those that are on my board. I imagine that those things have already happened in my life.
10. Start today. What are you waiting for!
Don’t worry – the blue hair is not part of your Personal Development Plan!
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