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“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to, ” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where –” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”

Do you know where you’re going? Where do you see yourself in a year, five years – and perhaps ten years down the road?

In the years where I have planned out what I wanted to accomplish, I invariably achieved what I set out to do – and it has consistently been more than in the years when I didn’t plan.

So from my personal experience, it’s true – if you don’t know where you want to get to, it doesn’t matter which way you go.

Do you have hopes and dreams you’re chasing?

If you do, but aren’t sure which way to go – perhaps a personal development plan will help you figure that out, and help you get there.

Why Write A Personal Development Plan?

“He who fails to plan is planning to fail.”
– Winston Churchill

You may have previously read this discussion on : research shows it increases your chance of success.

Three big reasons I like having a personal development plan include:

  • Clarity. Knowing what I am trying to accomplish
  • Define The Why. Having a personal development plan shows me why I’m doing what I’m doing – even on days I don’t feel like it
  • My Compass. A personal development plan keeps me headed towards consistent goals.

What Is In A Personal Development Plan?

Answer: Write down what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to get there.

It’s easier to see with concrete examples – so let’s break it down

Personal Development Plan Example Sections

  • Your Life Purpose. What were you born to do? What is the meaning of your life?
  • Your Dreams. Those far reaching thoughts and hopes that inspire you to action.
  • Short, Medium and Long Term Goals. I like to have at least some goals I can accomplish in the span of a few months along with multi-year goals. This lets me see that I have measurable progress towards my goals.
  • Your Beliefs and Values. What do you stand for? And perhaps, what do you wish your actions showed you stand for?
  • Success and Milestones. As you accomplish goals and dreams, celebrate your successes.

One of the areas many people struggle with is setting goals.

That is a whole other article in and of itself on how to effectively set goals, but lets talk specifically in the context of a personal development plan.

How can you get a good overview of the direction you want your life to head? You should sketch out some goals in the most important areas in your life, at regular intervals.

I like to go ten years out, but three or gives years is great too.

A very simple for goals might look like this:

Goal Area One Year Three Year Five Year Ten Year

For each box, answer these questions:

  • What specifically do I want to accomplish?
  • Why?
  • Who can help me?
  • How do I get there? (What actions do I need to take?)

Personal Development Planning Tools

In addition to the information above, consider other tools to help you with your personal development. You an use these to get some personal development plan ideas.

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