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UPDATE: How To Make Personal Development Plan in 2018

Step 3 – Generating options

You now have an area of your life in mind, and you know what your ideal situation would be and what needs to happen to bridge the gap between the ideal and your current situation.
In this step, you will come up with tons of actions you could take that will help you move towards your ideal goal.
Please note: It is crucial to separate this step, Generating options, from the next one – Goalsetting. Because even though they deal with the exact same thing – the actions that will help you move from where you are to where you want to be – they are fundamentally different.
This step is all about getting creative, broadening your thinking and coming up with plans of action you might have never considered before. The next (and last) step is all about focusing, narrowing down your options, and setting clear deadlines for the actions you plan to take soon.
And you cannot be both creative and focused at the same time, because the two states of mind are directly contradictory. In fact, they are caused by contradictory brain chemicals, so you physically cannot be really focused and creative at the same time.
One of the biggest causes of overwhelm and getting stuck is when you try to do both steps at the same time. And it’s also one of the reasons why this method of personal development planning is so damn effective for helping you get unstuck and starting to move towards the life you want!
3.1 It’s brainstorming time!
It’s time to pick up your pen again.
Now, you can do this part in two ways (or any other way, really, if it works for you):
  • make a long list of actions you could take
  • turn your sheet of paper sideways, and start with your central theme in a bubble at the centre. Then draw lines branching out to sub-themes and split those down until you get to specific actions
Neither is right with the other being wrong. They are just different approaches, and either of them might be better for you. I like to use either of them, depending on the situation.
Just note one thing – it’s important to drill down until you get to specific actionable steps.
To give you a different example, when I was applying this to my life coaching – “find out more about how to get life coaching clients” isn’t an actionable step. It’s a wish.
On the other hand:
  • e-mail Eddy and ask to look at his materials regarding getting new clients
  • google “how to get more life coaching clients”
  • call up Chuck and ask him how he got his clients when he was starting out
Are all actionable steps. When you look at them, you don’t need to do any more thinking, you know exactly where to go and what to do. That’s what you want to drill down to.

Okay, time to get writing. Grab your piece of paper and pen, and get ready.
In this step, I won’t be able to give you much guidance, because it mostly comes down to you coming up with options. I’ll just throw out a couple of questions that might push you in new directions of thought:
  • Who could you ask for help or information?
  • Who in your life knows a lot about your chosen area to improve?
  • What phrases could you search for online to get some more ideas?
  • If you weren’t afraid at all, if you were like James Bond, what would you do?
  • If money weren’t an issue, what would you do?
  • What would [insert any character you admire] do?
  • What else could you do?
Go ahead, make your list!
For now, do NOT censor your list, or trim it down. That’s a focused thing to do, and would sabotage your creative thinking. Don’t worry about writing down crazy and stupid stuff, because we’ll trim that down in the next step. For now, just write!

And only when you have loads and loads of possible actions, then it’s time to move on to the next step. Where you will move from thinking and planning to setting clear goals and taking action!

Step 4 – Goalsetting

Alright! It’s time to take all the planning you’ve done so far, and use it to make your ideal situation a reality!
In this step, we’ll focus mainly on how to make sure you take action, once you decide what you want to do. Because it would be a shame to figure out exactly what you want, what needs to happen to get there and come up with many great ways to move towards it… only to fall victim to procrastination.
As promised, this is a complete method for making a personal development plan. And by now, you have gone through the big-picture stuff of figuring out what you want from life, through finding the gap between your ideal situation and your current life, and coming up with specific options to make it happen. And now we’re about to drill down to specific goals and make sure you start moving towards your ideal life today!
Luckily, I have a quite a few tricks up my sleeve to help you with this one
4.1 How to pick the actions you want to take
I assume you have a big list of possible actions from step 3.
I’ll leave you to pick which actions to take. You are the most qualified person to decide which ones you want to take, and which ones make you feel “meh”.
But I’ll give you a few pointers, to make sure you maximize your chances of getting them done.

Firstly, do not pick too many actions at once. That can easily leave you feeling overwhelmed, and increases your chance of procrastinating.
Instead, here’s what I propose. Pick three actions from your list:
  • one that you can take action on within the next 24 hours (ideally immediately)
  • one that you can take action on within the next 48 hours
  • one that you can take action on within the next week
And set a deadline, a week from now, right down to the minute, by which you will have accomplished all of them.
Once you have more experience with goalsetting, and getting things done (or right now, if you already do), you will be able to tweak this model. Sometimes you might choose more than three actions to accomplish in the next week, because you will know how much of what type of action will not leave you overwhelmed. Sometimes you might pick a longer deadline than a week.
But unless you have loads of experience with goalsetting, I suggest you just pick three actions, and make the deadline a week from now.
Because having three actions that you will definitely accomplish is much better than having six that you will maybe accomplish.
Go ahead, pick your three actions from your list now!
4.2 How to massively increase your chances of getting it done
Okay, what I will share with you now is probably the second most important thing you can do with regards to making a personal development plan. (Right after deciding to grab a pen and paper at the beginning, and writing down your goals and ideas.)
Because no matter how much you plan and daydream, your life will stay exactly the same until you take action to change it!
What follows is a list of time-proven ways to massively increase your chances of actually taking those actions you picked!

  • Apply the Pain and Pleasure Principle
This involves racking up the perceived pleasure of taking action and the perceived pain of not taking action.
Just take some time to imagine how awesome your life will be in the future, after you have consistently taken action to improve the chosen area of your life. Then imagine how you would feel if you didn’t take any action – the same old situation, the same old pain, dragging on for years…
Your emotional mind will never respond to logical reasons, but it responds very readily to vivid imagination. And since motivation comes from your emotions, the Pain and Pleasure Principle is hands down the most direct way to kick up your motivation!
  • Make your goals public
Share your goal and the actions you want to take on twitter. On your blog, if you have one. On facebook. Tell your friends.
This way, you will have the public pressure on you if you fail… but also the celebration and joy of your friends and acquaintances when you succeed!
(Warning: Some people claim that making your goals public is actually counter-productive, because talking about your goals gives you the illusion of doing something and reduces your drive to actually do something. So… it works for me, but your mileage may vary.)
  • Get a “personal development buddy”
One of the many things I provide my life coaching clients is accountability. Knowing that once they’ve agreed to take action, I will be there, making sure they take it. Holding their hand when it needs holding and kicking their ass when it needs kicking.
So here’s my suggestion. Get a friend, and send them a link to this article.
Let them read through the whole thing, and if they’re interested, let them set their own goals, and then you can keep each other accountable!
This is hands down one of the most effective ways to get motivated and stay motivated, so if you’re going to apply one single idea from this list, make it the buddy system!
  • Write down your goals and keep them in a prominent place
If you see your goals several times each day, they will get drilled deeper into your subconscious, and you will have a better chance of taking action on them. It helps you keep your mind on exactly when the next convenient time take each of your chosen action is.
  • Take the first action immediately
And finally, a simple but surprisingly effective advice. Taking action is a habit… and often the most important step is breaking through the activation energy and taking the first step. After that, keeping your momentum going is comparatively trivial.
So if you have any action on your list from the Options phase that you could take immediately, do it!

What to do next

Okay, this brings us to a close. You now have a thorough, effective method for making a personal development plan.
Now that you’ve finished reading through this, it’s time to go through all the steps with other areas of your life in mind. Just make sure you don’t overwhelm yourself by setting too many goals for the same week. You’ll be far better off getting three important actions done every week for a year (giving you over 150 life-changing actions), rather than setting too many at once, failing to achieve them and losing motivation after three weeks.
Hope you enjoyed this???

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