Have you ever tried creating a great self-development plan, only to come with something that is anything but great?
If you’re like most people, you have no idea what makes a plan for your life. After all, you don’t learn this in school, do you?
But really, all a great self-development plan needs are three factors. Follow them, and I promise that you’ll end up with a plan so good that you’ll want to follow it with all of your heart.
Factor 1 – Excellence
Listen, you don’t call it a self-development plan for nothing. You call it as such because you want to improve your life, and you know that it starts by first improving yourself. And that can only be done by expecting excellence from the plan.
By that, I don’t mean that it must be perfect. Don’t spend all your time working on the plan and expect it to be free of errors, because it’s impossible for you to have a perfect plan.
What I mean here is to not settle for something less than what you’ll consider great or excellent. Don’t settle for mediocrity if excellence can be achieved.
Remember, your self-development plan is there to propel you to greater heights, not the other way around.
Factor 2 – Purpose
What do you really hope to accomplish in life?
Do you wish to be a successful entrepreneur or remain employed by others for the rest of your life?
Will being a successful homemaker make you feel fulfilled, or will that not be purposeful enough?
In any case, the meaning of purpose in a self-development plan varies from individual to individual, so don’t attempt to make someone else’s plan your own because his/her purpose might not be the same as yours.
So take some time to think about what your purpose or goal is in life. If you don’t know what it is, you won’t know if your plan is going to serve its purpose.
Factor 3 – Specific
Details are what count in a good self-development plan, because it’s your roadmap for life’s success. And unless it’s specific, it’s not going to help you much.
Once you have settled on factors 1 and 2, you will want to expand on what you’ve written down and add more details.
For example, some of the most important specifics that you want to write down are the baby steps to achieve each objective in your plan.
If you want to learn to be a public speaker, the steps you might want to include would first be to take a public-speaking course, followed by taking on ad hoc projects, finally giving out flyers for people to engage you.
In any case, being specific helps to give your plan a clearer direction too.
When doing up a self-development plan, the three factors above will really count. While they might sound simple, don’t discount them, as they will really help you out in the long run.
And, by the way, one of the most important goals in a self-development plan is to learn how to master your thoughts so you will achieve great success in life – because your thoughts are what control your life.
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