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How To Develop A Personal Development Plan
|Time Of Day||Action|
|Upon Arising||Jog for one mile|
|9:00 Start Of Work (when I first sit down at my computer)||Write for 30 minutes|
|12:30 After Lunch||Work big task to completion|
|2:30 Mid-Afternoon Break (when I complete my first afternoon task)||Stretch and eat energy snack (peanuts, blueberries, and/or a vegetable)|
|5:00 End Of Day||Write in planner next-day tasks|
|Before Bed (when wife goes to bed)||Do 30 minutes of enjoyable reading, then read my definite chief aim|
Understand that your personal development plan doesn't have to look anywhere close to this. The point is to have a "rough sketch" of what it is you are wanting to accomplish in your daily routine.
Once you have an idea of where you want to go, it's time for...
3. Carrying Out Your Plan
Of the three steps in the personal development plan, this one is by far the most important (and the most difficult). I've started many new habits with personal development experiments that I've done. With this experience, I've created a few simple steps to give yourself the best chance of success...
1) Only try to develop one (maximum two) habits at a time. Your chances of failure are astronomically higher whenever you try to do too much at once. When you are first starting your personal development plan, I would highly recommend you start with just one habit, then build from there.
2) Start as easy as possible. Want to jog one mile every day? Start by only jogging a half-mile. Want to write an hour each day? Start with just 10 minutes. Starting small early-on is one of the greatest habit-forming secrets there is.
3) Do your new (easy) habit for 21 straight days. The first 21 days are absolutely critical in building habits in your personal development plan. Take things easy for 21 straight days, but do them consistently. Then at the end of this introductory period, you'll have a well ingrained habit that can last you a lifetime!
After those 21 days, you can start to increase your workout (or whatever). But make the commitment you'll start small and do it for 21 straight days. If you miss a day, start over until you've accomplished 21 days in a row.
This seems pretty easy, huh? You won't believe what a difference it will make too! After you've ingrained your first habit, it's time too...
Start your next challenge!
Whether that's improving the habit you have already ingrained. Or, getting started working on your next habit. Keep building momentum and strive to improve a little bit each and every day.
You absolutely won't believe how much this simple formula can do for you in only a few months time. You'll be on a path to shed tons of pounds, earn lots of money, or whatever it is you desire. Anything in life can be yours if you follow through on the personal development plan process!
As I mentioned in If I Can Teach You Just One Thing, It Would Be This, doing a little bit every day adds up to a whole lot over time! It's time you learn this for yourself.
Write up a personal development plan right now (it will only take 15 minutes). Follow through on it for just 1-2 months. And be sure to let me know when you realize it's been one of the best decisions you've ever made in your life!
Update: Check out my example personal development plan.
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