July 3, 2024

Goal Setting and Your Personal Development Plan

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Why Your Personal Development Plan Must Utilize Goal Setting

As you begin your personal development journey, you're going to have to authentically evaluate 3 important factors:

  1. Your past
  2. Your present
  3. Your future

Sound pretty obvious right? Well, keep reading if you're serious about your enhancing personal development plan...

  1. The past - Your personal history reveals all of the opportunities for personal development that you have. All the failures, private and public, are opportunities for improvement and these can be chunked up into greater themes that will most likely fall into one of four areas of your life: your health, your wealth, your relationships and your spirituality. I encourage you go back year-by-year over your past and write down the significant emotional events (SEEs) that stand out. Anything that was less than optimal. Remember, this probably won't come all at once because the filters of your unconscious mind are constantly distorting, deleting and generalizing your perceptions of reality.
  2. The present - Take an objective inventory. Evaluate your life as from the perspectives of two different people: 1. A person you consider to be a failure; 2. A person that you consider to be a success. From these individual's perspectives, go through the 4 personal development categories (health, wealth, relationships, and spirituality) and your daily activities - or lack of activity - within these categories. This will give you some insights in terms of your own subjective understanding of success and failure, and you can factor these into your personal development plan.
  3. The future - Does goal setting actually work? My answer is yes and no. Some people set a goal and achieve it. Others attempt goal setting and it totally drives them away from achievement. And then, there are those who use goal setting, achieve the goal, and then within 3-12 months completely backslide and fail with the goal. Understand how to effectively use goal setting to achieve what you want for the long run...

Use the Beyond Goals Approach to Goal Setting to Avoid Goal Achievement Blowout

To better achieve your personal development goals, first consider why most personal goal setting fails:

There is a lack of End-State Energy when it comes to goal setting!

What is End-State Energy? This is the emotional, mental and physiological association with the accomplishment of the goal that pushes and pulls you forward in your personal development plan and your goal setting.

Looking forward, you can see that towering, jagged cliff above you. Stretching up into the distance, you know that it will be hours of intense, grueling work to scale this cliff. If you fall, that sinking pit in your stomach realizes that your body will be dashed against the razor-like rocks at the foot of the cliff... But, shifting your perspective upward and beyond, you can see that at the top of the cliff is an accomplishment that no one can take away from you. You'll be one of the first and one of the few who has successfully risked climbing this cliff. Knowing this fact and seeing how its just another metaphor for your personal development success you feel energy racing through your body filling you with strength, purpose and will power...

When you're going through your personal development plan and doing some goal setting - you will get what you focus upon. You can focus on what might happen if you fail or you can focus upon what will happen when you succeed and tie this success into even greater, compounding possibilities and opportunities. The End-State energy is what powers you Beyond Goals and helps you to plan for the long run.

Another personal development tip: Treat your goal setting and goal achievement like road markers on a highway. On a road trip, the destination most likely isn't your final destination, but rather one of many throughout your life. Use your goal setting to show you that you are on course and also realize that as you progress with your personal development that both you and your goals are going to evolve over time. This eliminates much of the post-goal-achievement burnout that tends to occur...


Personal Development Plan

Personal Development Plans
Remember to be patient with yourself and allow some flexibility in your personal development plan. Patience is the key to keeping yourself from being overwhelmed and giving up on your own goals. Your plan should allow you a realistic time frame to reach your goals. Dreams can come true one step at a time, and each goal reached is a dream realized. Being flexible with your own personal development plan is also important because sometimes life can change. Creating a plan that is reactive to things that will naturally occur will allow you to not be stressed over these occurrences. If you have a coach they can help you understand how to accomplish this task while writing your plan. A big part of the process is to learn how to adapt and grow as a person, and flexibility is a big part of that.

If you are unsure how to go about creating your own personal development plan finding a professional life coach, or a personal development coach will be a great asset to you. It is their job to understand and teach you how to create the plan, and follow it. Unlike a therapist, a personal development coach is ready to look toward your future instead of digging into your past. [Read more]

Personal Development Plan And NLP Techniques

Personal Development Plans And NLP Techniques
The way I see it is this - the people who are able to achieve their goals and ambitions in life, with relative ease are much less inhibited, and even totally un-inhibited.

These people still get nervous and anxious when in demanding situations that take them outside of their comfort zone, but they have learnt how to control those limiting and dysfunctional emotions and behaviours and even eliminate them completely from their lives.

Successful people are constantly learning and adapting to methods that empower them. When they find something that works, especially where emotions and feelings are concerned, they repeat the behaviours that bring on those emotions until they become second nature.

If these people can learn how to not feel nervous and anxious in important situations, so can you.

If these people have learned how to remain calm and relaxed when they get into winning positions in sport, so can you.

If professional speakers can learn how to overcome their fear of public speaking, and present themselves in a manner which leaves their audience wanting more, so can you.

Successful people weren't always successful - they learnt how to become successful. So if people can learn how to overcome their frustrations and focus on the actions they need to achieve their ultimate goals and ambitions - so can you.

Learning to use NLP does not require hours on end of your time to make a difference in your life. If you can allocate 15 minutes a day to practice some very simple, and very rewarding techniques, you can immediately start to take control of your fears and frustrations and turn them into a winning and empowering attitude that will continue to take you closer to your goals and ambitions.

Before you turn tail and run at the thought of learning some NLP techniques, or if you're not really sure what it is, in it's simplest form, Neuro Linguistic Programming is basically a method of helping you change the way you habitually react to any given situation. When you experience anxiety or frustration, you are simply reacting negatively to the situation that is causing those emotions. NLP teaches you how you can easily change your reactions to be positive and empowering.

To help you get started, there are two very simple exercises that you can start practising right away:

1. You need to become aware of all the situations and environments that make you feel nervous, anxious and inhibited. Carry a little notebook in your pocket so that you can make note of them whenever they occur.

The reason behind this exercise is that you need to be aware of your barriers in order that you can start to break through them further down the road.

2. The second exercise is even easier - you simply need to write down how you would like to feel most of the time, and what feelings and behaviours you want to eliminate from your life.

Take you time to do step two thoroughly - the more detailed your list, the better you will be able to focus in on those areas, and create a personal development plan that supports your goals. [Read more]

How to prepare personal development plan?

[Question] - I need to have general understanding about preparation of personal development plans for a company. It is a part of Human Resourse development.

[Answer 1] - Very generally by looking at

1) the skills you have now

and then detailing the gaps between this and

2) the skills needed to fulfill your job description
3) the skills neeeded to keep abreast of changes/updates to your job
4) the skills needed to move towards aspirations you hold in your job

and then working out a plan for addressing these gaps.
Very often, in assessing your current skills, tools like appraisals and 360 degree feedback can be useful

These sites may also be able to inform

[Answer 2] - soundvision.com/Info/education/developme… -
/development/development.plan. [Source]

List four different ways that a personal development plan may benefit your learning and development?

[QUESTION TITLE] List four different ways that a personal development plan may benefit your learning and development? - Asked on 2011-12-18

[Question] - please help, I'm stuck on this question and I dont know how to answer it!!!!!

[Answer 1] - Let's start with the premise that you and to improve your learning and development. You just don't flip a switch and make it happen, or wake up one morning a new person.

A personal development plan is your own framework for achieving goals that you feel are important to you so that you aren't the same next year. In five years from now, you will be five years older, but in what ways will you be more accomplished, more confident, more successful/

You could attack the question by identifying four areas that you want to target for self-improvement ( exercise, new skills, improve listening skills, being a better friend) or ways that you envision that a plan would benefit, (setting goals, taking action to reach them, self-monitoring your progress, and realizing success as you reflect on the goals and your progress)

[Answer 2] - Any type of personal improvement can improve learning and development.
Reading can help if you are researching a particular question.
Writing can help to expand your knowledge of communication.
Improving your outward appearance can help give you more confidence.
Having a positive outlook instead of a negative one will help in every way. [Source]


Avoiding Your Proactive Personal Development Removes the Potential of Long Term Success in Life

The mythologist Joseph Campbell brought up an interesting theme in his studies of the monomyth (Hero's Journey) - at least this is my understanding and application of it. The personal development opportunities that you have in life come in the form of a "call to the hero's journey" and if you refuse "the call" it doesn't go away. In fact, it becomes more violent, life changing and abrupt. My personal opinion is that many people use common distractions (media, alcohol, relationships, [prescription] drugs, drama, etc.) to avoid their personal development because it seems less painful to be in pain than to address the source of the pain. A paradox perhaps?

If you're serious about your personal development and wanting to create a personal development plan that incorporates goal setting then I recommend you check out my personal development tools.





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