Have you ever tried creating a great self development plan, only to come with something that is anything but great?
And 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 3 factors. Follow them and I promise you that you’ll end up with a plan so good, 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 it starts by first improving yourself. And that can only be done by expecting excellence from the plan.
By that, I don’t mean it must be perfect. Don’t spend all your time working on the plan and expect it to be free from 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 round.
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 for 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 for factors 1 and 2, you will want to expand on what you’ve written down and add more details to it.
For example, one of the most important specifics that you want to write down is the baby steps to achieve each objective in your plan.
So if you want to learn how to be a public speaker, the steps you might want to include would firstly be to take up a public speaking course, followed by taking on ad hoc projects, and 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, it’s the 3 factors above that will really count towards it. So while they might sound simple, don’t discount them as they will really help you out in the long run.